For the second time in my 2015 Reading Challenge, I have read a book that does not fit in one of the categories (it would have done, but as with last time, I’ve already used the relevant categories for other books). No matter. I’ve made my own category: #52 A book about self-discovery.
I think Emily, from “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson, goes through a journey of self-discovery over the duration of this novel that is almost unrivaled by other YA contemporaries. She begins as a shy teenage girl, living (happily) in the shadow of her best friend, but by the end of the novel, she’s a completely different person – for the better. I didn’t really like her at the beginning of the novel, but by a third of the way through the book I was backing her completely! And that cute ending…
My Goodreads Review
“It’s summer, and best friends Emily and Sloane have three months to spend hanging out and making memories, but when Sloane disappears without warning, leaving only a list of 13 things for Emily to complete over the course of the summer, Emily’s summer takes an unexpected turn.
The book begins with Emily living in Sloane’s shadow, and follows her journey of self-discovery, making new friends and memories along the way, until she is a more confident individual in her own right.
Whilst I disliked Sloane’s character until the conclusion of the novel, I saw something of myself in Emily (this seems to be a recurring theme amongst female YA readers of this book). I loved Frank from the beginning, and grew to love the majority of the supporting characters.
This was a fun, quick contemporary read, which I would thoroughly recommend. The whole plot was believable and I bought into the relationships between the characters – I may have even been a little emotional at the end!”
I enjoyed this book so much that I’ve just ordered “Second Chance Summer” and “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” by Morgan Matson, which I’m looking forward to reading over the summer! If “Since You’ve Been Gone” was anything to go by, they should be YA contemporary at its best.
#52 A book about self-discovery – Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (7/10)
Twenty-five down, twenty-five to go. (Twenty-seven read)
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