“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine!
This week I’m waiting on…
Title Since You’ve Been Gone
Author Morgan Matson
Pages 352 Pages
Genre Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher Simon & Schuster
To Be Published May 13th, 2014
Find It On Goodreads
The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend — the one 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. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try…unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough. Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait…what?
Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go Skinny Dipping? Um…
Over the course of my life, I’ve been given the same advice from well-meaning friends and family again and again. “Don’t rush things.” “Be more spontaneous.” “Live in the moment.” “Your eyes are too big for your stomach.” And honestly? They’re probably right. After all, why am I constantly making lists of upcoming book releases and planning my next shopping trip when I already have an ever-growing to-be-read pile that rivals Mount Everest and would likely render me completely immobile for several days should it ever fall on me?
And while I’m sure under normal circumstances this is perfectly sound, reasonable advice, I just can’t be expected to adhere to it when it comes to certain things. Particularly when we’re talking about books written by my favourite authors. After falling in love with Morgan Matson’s Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour last year, I’ve been eagerly looking forward to her next release. Because let’s be real – I’m too scared to sit down and finally read Second Chance Summmer, despite the fact that I’m sure I’ll love it when I finally work up the courage to read it. I’m just a big baby.
But I digress. Morgan Matson’s work epitomizes summer and sunshine for me, and I think few authors apart from Jessi Kirby and Trish Doller share Matson’s enviable talent for examining universal concepts like issues of identity, the grieving process and first love in an approachable, authentic way. Also, on an entirely superficial note, can we talk about how absolutely stunning that cover is? I for one would purchase that as a print to frame and hang up in a heartbeat! And we all know I’m a sucker for a good book cover, right?