I’m not usually a chick lit kind of reader, but I do like books about friendship and books about unravelling mysteries so that’s why I originally picked up Since You’ve been Gone. When I started reading it, I was pleased to discover that this is a sweet and life-affirming book about the power of friendship and what happens when a wallflower is brave enough to step away from the wall for the first time.
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Sloane and Emily were best friends, and they had their whole summer planned out. They were going to get a summer job together, and travel, and hang out, and have fun. But then Sloane and her family disappeared, and Emily had no idea what to do. Sloane was always the one with the plan. She was the one with the big ideas, and she was the one who was brave enough to try new things. Emily was just “Sloane’s friend,” and where Sloane went, Emily followed.
And then Emily gets a letter from Sloane, and the envelope contains one piece of paper — a list of thirteen things that Emily would never normally do. Some of them seem pretty tame, like “apple picking at night” or “sleep under the stars.” But others are a little more daring, like “kiss a stranger” or are things she would never do in a million years, like “go skinny dipping.”
Now that Sloane is gone, Emily has no sense of direction … except for that list. Now that Sloane is gone, Emily has the whole summer free to herself. She doesn’t have anything ELSE to do. Maybe doing the things on that list will help her figure out what happened to Sloane. Maybe doing the things on that list will transform Emily’s summer into something new, brave, and completely unexpected.