I’ve been into contemporary for a while now. So, it’s blatant to bump across Morgan Matson’s writing at some point. I’ve picked up Since you’ve been gone of hers and what ensued next awaits your read.
A concoction of an introvert and an extrovert never gets old. Emily, a shy introvert’s world is left upheaval when her only best friend, Sloane leaves sans a note. Realizing the cruel reality of having to spend the whole summer on her own exacerbates her situation until the day when Emily finally receives a letter from Sloane with a list of all the things Emily should be doing that summer. Things like:
- Apple picking at night
- Dance until dawn
- Kiss a stranger
A to-do list comprising of thirteen tasks few doable, few which Emily would never dream of doing in her wildest dreams is all that she has of her friend now. Hopeful that checking these things off might leave a clue leading to Sloane’s whereabouts Emily finally gets her feet wet trying to wade her way through the social world.
There is no denying in having to face the harsh reality of life when someone we cherish the most abandons us. Regardless of the reasons, steering ourselves through the hurdles of the void remains cardinal. A little help or a friendly hand during those hours of need would make all the difference. Frank Porter is that walking stick in here helping Emily through the bedlam during the tempest of her loneliness. Progression of their bond through music and running is something worth rooting for.
A well thought out work as this could hardly be disappointing. In spite of its slow progression the degree of relativity any introvert could find in here is profuse. Albeit, kicking off shy Emily over the course of the novel definitely does strike as a teen with mettle. It would be hard not to catch your own glimpse as she slogs out of her comfort zone.
On a final note, life in its own sense is a true pedagogy thrusting both the bitter sweet situations for us to deal with. Hitting a rough patch is not uncommon but what we make out of such situations will always be a worthy page turner. Though I have a developed a mild distaste towards slow paced books I can let it slide it for the radiant journey this novel has got to offer. Because there is no denying when I say, Since you’ve been gone does resonate with everyone at some level.