Published by Simon & Schuster on May 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um...
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?
Since You’ve Been Gone always reminds me of the Kelly Clarkson song. As good as that song is, this book is better. I had seen so many good reviews for this book that I put off reading it. I know, makes sense, right? I figured it was going to let me down with how everyone loved it. I’m looking at you An Embers in the Ashes!
When I started reading this I thought it was going to be a mystery book considering that Sloane had all of a sudden disappeared. Then I thought it was going to be horribly sad with a conversation that Emily had overheard during a party. However, it was neither and I loved it. This story was about Sloane being the outgoing friend, the friend who took the lead and Emily feeling like she needed Sloane to do things. When Sloane all of a sudden disappears Emily is lost then a list shows up for Emily. The list contains things that Sloane wants her to accomplish.
It is a very endearing story about finding out how strong you are and how you can overcome fears if you put your mind to it.
There is a bit of a romance, yes, however it is not the main focal point of the story. The story is about finding yourself, figuring out what you can do and the friends you make along the way. This is a book that I think the praise is definitely worth it.