Since You've Been Gone (Hardcover)

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In Since You’ve Been Gone, best friends Emily and Sloane are gearing up to have the best summer ever, but out of nowhere, Sloane and her family just up and leave town. All she’s left behind for Emily is a list of activities that will push her out of her comfort zone. The only thing keeping Emily from giving up on the list is the notion that when the list is completed, Sloane will come back. With budding friendships and unexpected help along the way, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is sure to keep you at the edge of your beach chair.

-- Clare
— From Clare's Recs


Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever in this new novel 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. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. 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? Wait…what?

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.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

About the Author

Morgan Matson is the New York Times bestselling author of six books for teens, including Since You’ve Been Gone and Save the Date, and the middle grade novel The Firefly Summer. She lives in Los Angeles but spends part of every summer in the Pocono Mountains. Visit her at

Praise For…

"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."

"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"
Product Details
ISBN: 9781442435001
ISBN-10: 1442435003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 464
Language: English