Since You’ve Been Gone, by Morgan Matson
Emily and Sloane have been best friends since eight grade. However, the summer before twelfth grade, Sloane suddenly disappears, leaving Emily with only a list of 13 things to do. Desperate to find her best friend, Emily tries to complete the list with Frank Porter, the attractive and charismatic student president who has a girlfriend. Emily goes into completing the list trying to find her best friends and discover why she left, but ends up finding more about herself.
This book was highly enjoyable. It is a fun read, perfect for the summer. I think many high-school age students would enjoy it, and can connect to it. Emily is a very relate-able teenager who experiences many of the things a normal teen would. However, the list takes her out of her comfort zone, in a way that many teens would like to read about. What she experiences will change her, and inspire others. Morgan Matson does a good job of weaving a story together and getting the reader invested in it. Overall, I would recommend it to a reader who wants a quick, fun and cutesy read without committing too hard. Briana B.; Teen Reviewer