- Copertina rigida: 449 pagine
- Editore: Simon & Schuster (Juv) (6 maggio 2014)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1442435003
- ISBN-13: 978-1442435001
- Peso di spedizione: 522 g
- Media recensioni: 5.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 36.945 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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"Matson’s characters feel like familiar, comforting friends.... It’s a sweet, leisurely read with a title that, thanks to Kelly Clarkson, begs to be shouted out loud." (Publishers Weekly)
"A winning blend of touching moments, memorable characters and situational humor takes readers to a surprising revelation at the story’s end." (Kirkus)
"Readers will root for Emily.... A thoroughly enjoyable book with a terrific romantic subplot and an ending that ties up the loose ends believably and satisfyingly." (School Library Journal)
Morgan Matson "creates a time-and-space experience for teens that might actually interrupt their social media convos until they’re finished reading." (Booklist)
"Matson writes with humor and the rare ability to outline a character in a few, well-chosen words.... This engaging story is a solid choice for both school and public libraries." (VOYA)
"We fell crazy in love with these characters." (Justine Magazine)
"After reading Since You’ve Been Gone, I’m placing Morgan Matson on my list of Authors Whose Books I’ll Always Read." ("Hello Giggles")
Morgan Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at MorganMatson.com.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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Leggendo la trama ero incuriosita dalla storia della lista, come penso chiunque, ma poi appare il rapporto di amicizia tra Emily e Sloane - la ragazza timida, migliore amica della più popolare e socievole ragazza della scuola -, che non sarà il solito rapporto a cui ci abituano i film!
Grazie alla lista Emily crescerà, uscirà dal suo guscio, riuscirà finalmente a far sentire la sua voce.
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1. Kiss a stranger
2. Go skinny-dipping
3. Steal something
4. Break something
6. Ride a dern horse, ya cowpoke
7. 55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona
8. The Backless Dress.
and somewhere to wear it
9. Dance until dawn
10. Share some secrets in the dark
11. Hug a Jamie
12. Apple picking at night
13. Sleep under the stars
For the last two years, Em and Sloane have been the best of friends. So when Em returns home after a family trip to discover that Sloane and her family have completely disappeared, she’s beyond shocked. Even more so when a list comes in the mail in Sloane’s handwriting, detailing what Em is supposed to do for the summer. Left without any other options, Em follows the instructions and discovers that she may be just as strong on her own as she is with her friend. Em gets a job, begins new friendships, hangs out with her brother and more in the summer she never expected to have.
A great story about self discovery and how we can often left our friends define who we are instead of defining ourselves. Em’s journey was fascinating, even if it’s from the perspective of a lost sixteen year old girl. Watching Em grow as a character is the best part about this book, and how she finds her inner strength to explore her past decisions and makes better future ones based on it. All of the side characters were very well developed and never felt one dimensional; they read like people the reader would meet in real life instead of a flat character in a book.
One criticism to be noted on this work is the length. It was about 450 pages which can be daunting. Also when reading, there seemed to be a lot of details on places/people/things that weren’t extremely important to the book. For tweens who are reluctant readers this would not be ideal. For voracious teen readers it shouldn’t be a problem. This book may be for the older tweens, but the content was fairly clean. Not too many curse words, and no more than a few kisses in the romance department
Sloane and Emily had the type of all-encompassing friendship where they are constantly together and if they’re not together then they are thinking about being together, so being apart is all that consumes Emily’s thoughts until she really starts tackling her list. In Sloane’s absence Emily is forced to make new friends and realize that she’s more than just Sloane’s shadow, and that she has merits on her own. In addition to Emily’s adventures, this book features flashbacks to certain points in Emily and Sloane’s friendship, and there’s also the ongoing mystery of what happened to Sloane. I was prepared to be really irritated when we finally find Sloane again (who ditches their best friend with no warning???), but the conclusion to the story was surprisingly bittersweet.
There’s nothing ground breaking about this novel, but it was well written (SAT vocabulary alert!), and all of the characters were fleshed out quite wonderfully. In particular, I got a laugh every time Emily’s playwright parents were mentioned as well as her little brother Beckett who enjoyed nothing more than climbing the walls (literally). For older readers, this is a fun book that will constantly have you thinking back to your own teenage years!
This book is a neat little package wrapped up in a bow. You slowly pull it apart and cannot wait to see what is inside, but the wrapping is so pretty you want to do it delicately. I love this whole book. I didn’t want to go to sleep, I wanted to read. I wanted to hide away with this book and keep it a secret from the world.
The book was so well-paced, all the sudden I looked down and an hour had past and I was over halfway done with the book. I was sucked into the world-building and Emily’s life. I wanted to be part of the list and wished that my friends and I would have done something like that with each other. I especially love the lists Sloane would write for Emily when she was going on vacation.
I know I say I can relate with so many characters, but Emily and I were so on the same page. I had a friend like Sloane and I was her shadow. She was a bright bulb and people really just new me as her friend. I was along for the ride, not enjoying the ride. Once my parents divorced and I had to start at a new school, I had to force myself out of my comfort zone like Emily did.
Sloane was so neat, I can’t help but wish we got more of her in this story. I think Morgan Matson should write this story, but from Sloane’s POV.
I have a new book boyfriend! I have the hugest book crush on Frank. Oh boy, I think he is at the top of my list now!
The only thing would be wanting more Sloane, as I have already mentioned.
“I knew the answer to that immediately. It was like swimming under the stars, like sleeping outside, like climbing a tree in the dark, and seeing the view. It was scary and safe and peaceful and exciting all at the same time. It was the way I felt when I was with him. Like a well-ordered universe.”
Let me back up a second and preface this review with this: Sarah Dessen is my all time favorite author and I was incredibly sad to have to embark on this summer vacation without a new Dessen book. It made me so very sad and I was searching, hoping, and praying for something along the lines of her style that would appease me and tide me over. Amy at The Girl Reads Books (@fiercelybookish) told me I needed to read this book so I went ahead and bought it. I was insanely busy over the next month and a half and didn't actually get a chance to start it. When I finally did, it's like there were fireworks going off in my head. THIS BOOK is the book I've been waiting for. This book is the epitome of a summertime read, my favorite type of book to read in the entire world. Amy, I wish I had stopped everything I was doing like you told me to and read it immediately. So I'm giving all you lovely followers the chance to not make the same mistake I did: go buy it and start it. Today!
Emily is attached to her best friend Sloane's hip. She doesn't go anywhere without her. So one day when Sloane magically disappears, Emily is at a loss. She's not used to doing things on her own and really doesn't have much of a true sense of who she is without Sloane. She gets a bucket list type checklist in the mail from Sloane a couple of weeks later (with no return address, of course) and that's when Emily decides to put on her big girl pants and face the facts: Sloane is gone and this checklist could possibly lead to Emily finding her. Commence the awesomeness of this book. With the help of some unlikely new friends, she starts crossing things off Sloane's list, one crazy item at a time. Not only does it give purpose to her summer, it also helps her become her own person.
Emily reminded me of myself in so many ways. I'm sort of the person who goes with what other people want to do, and unless my bffs are coming with, I'd rather just not go out and do anything. This is Emily. Matson does a fantastic job at making not only Emily, but all of the secondary characters relatable. Frank, one of the unexpected people Sloane starts to hang out with, is probably one of the most misunderstood people Emily goes to high school with. He's supposedly Mr. Perfect who wants to help anybody and everybody with anything. But the more his character is revealed to Emily, we all realize that there's a true, sweet, and funny person under that misconception. I don't want to go into their friendship too much--that's something you'll need to read the book to find out--but I would do anything for a guy like him. Seriously.
I know that it's almost fall (and this review is 2 months overdue) but you should go buy this right now if you haven't. It's a feel good, makes your heart happy book that you'll find yourself wishing you could never stop reading.
This book = loveliness, wonderfulness and awesomeness. (The list goes on!) I laughed, I smiled, I thrashed my arms in the air, and I'll admit, shed some real tears.
The main character Emily's best friend Sloane disappeared at the beginning of the summer without telling her where she went and where she was going. This was utterly shocking to Emily because they did and have been doing everything together for a very long time. They also tell each other everything, as far as Emily knew.
(Spoilers-ish up ahead.)
About two weeks after her disappearance, Emily got this letter form her --- more specifically a list. It has a list of things Sloane wants Emily to do before the end of the summer. Since Emily have no other lead as to where Sloane could possibly be at, she decides to do her best to complete the list hoping that it'll eventually help her find Sloane. And it did, in the end. I was so glad she did, because I was starting to worry that she wouldn't. ( Since the book only had less than 50 pages left, and I was like: wait, how is Morgan Matson gonna pull that off? But she did. However, I wished Sloane could've appeared earlier or stayed longer... :( )
So, as the summer went by, Emily meets new people, like Frank Porter (as Sloane puts it, "the most serious guy we've known," which Emily later found on out can be fun to be around, as well), Collins (the best friend of Frank, who, btw, is a super awesome guy and a great catch, despite what he and some others might think), and Dawn.
All of it wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the list. I feel like I can personally relate to Emily because she's shy and doesn't usually feel comfortable to step out of her comfort zone. Although, like many others I think, wants to. And as the story went on, Sloane as well, especially when she revealed why she left without saying anything. I personally have moved a lot in the past, and like Sloane, leave and have lost friends each and every time. I mean, I still try and keep in contact with some of them (ones I have the phone numbers of anyways) but it just isn't really the same as being able to hang out and talk to them anytime. It's hard saying goodbye sometimes. I remember this theme, if it is a theme, from “Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour,” as well; Roger said he never says “goodbye” in a conversation, no matter what.
Despite the fact that I was mad at Sloane for making Emily feel so terrible, and thinking why she would even think of doing something like this to her, I ended up really liking her in the end — mostly because I knew exactly where she was coming from. Plus, I also think she wanted Emily to have a great summer, even without her and that’s really nice and sweet of her — thinking about Emily and try and challenge her to do things outside of her comfort zone. Sloane is truly a fantastic best friend. (*Sighs* I wish I can have Sloane as a bestie. Wouldn’t that be nice?)
Something I also disliked was the fact that Frank didn't tell Emily about what he had really wanted to say before she cut him off. Now thinking back on it, both Emily and Frank weren't really putting each other in the other person's position. It just really bothers me how they didn't even try to communicate and get things clear up when they both knew they had things to say to each other --- especially Frank.
(Spoilers ends here.)
I really, really liked and enjoyed reading “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson. It’s an absolutely fantastic read — especially for the summer. Young adult and contemporary lovers will most (very) likely like (or love) this book. ^.^