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Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne • Magan Reviews

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: Dundurn Group Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: missing parent, London, abusive parent Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Edie and her mom Sydney flee to London to get away from her abusive father; the day after her mom’s first night shift at her […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:16 am

Magan - Brianna, it was too much. Sometimes telling the simpler story is better and I think too much got involved here that took away from the original concept. 🙁

March 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Magan - Yes, same here. I thought I was going to be so intrigued by the mystery of it, but it just tapered off into unknown territory that I just really didn’t think was necessary. 🙁

March 3, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Alexa S. - Oh dear! I honestly thought, based on summary, that Since You’ve Been Gone sounded interesting. But after reading your review? I think I’ll have to pass. It doesn’t quite sound like the novel I thought it would be – in fact, in many ways, it’s almost the complete opposite of what I would’ve expected. Boo 🙁

March 1, 2015 - 7:51 pm

Brianna - Thanks for sharing your review. Like you, I’m not a fan of unnecessary sexuality. I get that different people cope with trauma in different ways, but this sounds like it’s too much, given the age of the characters and the situation Edie is facing.

February 28, 2015 - 9:00 am

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February 27, 2015 - 11:46 am

Magan - Me too, Meg! I really had high hopes, but things just didn’t work for me.

February 26, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Meg - I’d wager my reaction to this one would be quite similar to yours. Sorry to hear it didn’t work!

Magan: And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky

And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky Pages: 254 Release Date: July 6, 2011 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. How I heard about it: The pretty cover attracted me. Summary: Keek’s life does a complete 180 when she is diagnosed with the chicken […]

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February 21, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Magan - Broken Arrows, I’m so sad you felt the same way I did, but also a bit encouraged by that too. Sometimes I fear maybe I missed something that others loved. The cover was so gorgeous, but the book just didn’t live up to it. 🙁

February 15, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Broken Arrows - I’m late to the party here, but just read this book and was seeking out reviews to see what others thought. I concur with everything this review states.

Like some of the commenters, I was also drawn in by the cover but I also loved the title. What a great title! Shame the book doesn’t live up to it. I think much more could have been done with this basic premise.

September 17, 2012 - 6:53 pm

Kristen Evey - I love when you do find that gem of a book at the library that you weren’t looking for and don’t really know anything about. Sorry to hear this didn’t turn out to be that book. It does have such a great cover too!

September 14, 2012 - 7:12 am

VeganYANerds - I’m sorry that this was a disappointment, Mags! I only know about this because of the cover and it sounds like it was a jumble of weird, weak plot lines and an annoying character. Part of me still wants to read this, great review!

September 13, 2012 - 5:54 pm

elena - Aw, I’m sad this book didn’t work out for you because it has such a cute cover! Keek doesn’t sound like a character I would be too fond of and oh geez, I normally don’t like when characters write poems (or songs) in books. Thanks for your honest review!

September 13, 2012 - 10:16 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - DUDE! That SUCKS! I must admit that this one’s been on my wishlist since its release because of the pretty cover, but I think I’m taking it off. After reading your review I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t enjoy it. Thanks for honest review, Magan!!

September 12, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aww, the fact that this book didn’t quite live up to expectations makes me sad. I love the cover too and thought it was cute!

September 12, 2012 - 9:42 am

Jamie - I’ve seen this one around but really hadn’t heard too much about it or knew what it was really about.

Now I’m more than a little nervous to read it for MANY of the reasons you stated but especially as someone who LOVES The Bell Jar from the DEPTHS OF MY SOUL. BUT it also makes me a little curious. AHHH. What to do? This was never HIGH on my TBR list so it might just stay where it is unless it magically appears say under my pillow from the book fairy.

Sorry it didn’t work for you!