You might remember that in a recent post, I was struggling with being stuck in a summer reading slump. It wasn’t that I was reading anything uninteresting — I was actually working my way through some really great books. But for some reason, I just couldn’t get on a regular reading schedule, and the thought of sitting down with a book just wasn’t appealing. Until I was recently in the backseat of my parents’ car for 6 hours with a book my sister wanted me to read: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
Since You’ve Been Gone (yes, I have the Kelly Clarkson song going through my head too) is a story about a girl named Emily whose best friend, Sloane, has disappeared for the summer, leaving behind a list of random tasks for Emily to complete, which includes everything from buying a fancy dress to going skinny dipping. Emily has always been content being in Sloane’s shadow, so having to complete these tasks without her outgoing friend by her side is a challenge. But along the way, she slowly gains confidence and makes new friends.
I’ve heard some people say that this book is basically the same as John Green’s Paper Towns (which is coming up next on my to-read list, so I’ll have to see how it compares), but I actually really loved this story. It was cute, innocent, funny, and I found myself missing the characters each time I set it down. As an English grad, I often feel like I need to justify reading and enjoying “fluff” novels. But I think sometimes, a cheesy, summery YA book is exactly the launchpad that you need to get reading again. Ever since I finished this book, I’ve found myself more eager to read, whether it’s another easy “fluff” story or something more dense. I think all books have their place, and this is one I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for something lighthearted and fun to read before the summer ends.
Let me know what some of your favorite summer reads have been!