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Since You've Been Gone

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Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. says, “Basically I couldn’t be more in love with this book,” from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

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From Publishers Weekly

Feb 24, 2014 – Emily Hughes's best friend Sloane has disappeared without a trace Emily has called, texted, and driven by her house, but it's as though Sloane and her family have ceased to exist. Then, one of Sloane's famous "to do" lists mysteriously shows up, with 13 directives for Emily, including "Kiss a stranger," "Go skinny-dipping," and "Dance until dawn." In Sloane's absence, the list full of things she knew Emily would find fun, but a challenge, too defines Emily's summer, helping her meet new friends (including cute Frank Porter), come out of her shell, and find a way to hang on to Sloane. Despite the novel's missing-friend hook, Matson (Second Chance Summer) primarily focuses on Emily's progress with the list (the resolution of the question "What happened to Sloane?" is the weakest part of an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable story). Matson's characters feel like familiar, comforting friends, even Sloane, who readers glimpse in periodic flashbacks. It's a sweet, leisurely read with a title that, thanks to Kelly Clarkson, begs to be shouted out loud. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews

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I was so excited for this book and it did not dissapoint! love you morgan!

Best book I’ve ever read

If I could give this book more stars I would. It was just an amazingly great feel good story. If I’m being honest, the beginning was a little slow. But after I pushed through I realized that it was a truly amazing book. I got it for my birthday and didn’t start it until months later but it was incredible. It really shows how even though her best friend disappeared over the summer, you can go from being miserable and not know what to do with your day to having a whole bunch of great new friends as long as you put yourself out there and be yourself. It’s a really great young adult book and it shows how friends, and family should be kind and appreciate one another. I recommend it highly


It’s so good and interesting

Since You've Been Gone
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 7 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coming of Age
  • Published: May 06, 2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Print Length: 464 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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