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Magan: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (twitter | website) Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 448 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, losing a friend, list of challenges Format Read: ARC received from the author. Summary: After the sudden disappearance of Emily’s best friend, Sloane, she receives a random list of things to do written by […]

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December 4, 2015 - 7:14 am

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “has all of the elements we love and adore about Morgan’s books” […]

June 1, 2014 - 6:15 am

Judith - I already mentioned this, but I LOVE THE LIST! E, you should totally turn this into a series of posts to mark your progress. Besides this, I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It’s no secret that Morgan Matson is probably my favorite author ever, and this book proved my love yet again. Her characters, her settings, her WORDS… they are made of perfection, and I want to read everything she writes. <3

May 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson - […] ● Magan @ Rather Be Reading wrote “Since You’ve Been Gone was no different than her other stellar books, Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, providing exactly the escape from reality I was so wanting.” (Read the rest of the review Here!) […]

May 16, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too love Morgan Matson’s books and add them to my Goodreads without even reading the synopsis. I know I will love it. I thought Since You’ve Been Gone read a little slow at times, but it was still great. I loved watching Emily grow into her own person and I thought the relationship with Frank was done so well. And the list of things to do was just so much fun. Speaking of lists, yours for Estelle is AWESOME.

May 15, 2014 - 12:26 am

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Lovely review! I’m hoping to read this one for Bout of Books some time this week. I have to admit that I haven’t read Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour and didn’t *love* Second Chance Summer (put down the pitchforks!), but I still have high expectations for Since You’ve Been Gone. I hope to love it as much as everyone else seems to have. I’m a liiiiittle worried that Frank already has a gf, but I’m sure I’ll be fine. 🙂
Also, really, really cute list for Estelle!

May 14, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - WOW. BRILLIANT review, Magan. A lot of the stuff I couldn’t convey in my review, you put into words for me, so thank you SO MUCH. I love how you called SYBG a road map for Emily. That’s exactly what it was. Perfect.

EVEN MORE PERFECT is your list for Estelle. I really, really want to know if she completes any of these tasks. Will you guys share?

I totally want to write a list now for my own BFF…this could be difficult, but I think she’ll like it?

May 14, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Mary @ BookSwarm - I love how Emily takes that metaphorical (and real when they do what they do at the end!) road trip and really begins to discover herself as a complete and interesting person. The friendship dynamics made me happy. The whole book made me happy.

May 14, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - I’m currently reading Since You’ve Been Gone and I’ve such high hopes from it.

I love the list! It’s daring and classy and sounds like a lot of fun.

May 14, 2014 - 10:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Magan, if I hadn’t already read this book, your words would have convinced me to stop what I was doing & run to the bookstore ASAP. What a beautiful review for a beautiful book! Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you gave Estelle a list! So fun. Please keep us updated if and when you mark these items off the list, hehe.

May 14, 2014 - 10:36 am

Anna - Your list is BRILLIANT! What a great way to capture the spirit of this beautiful book!

May 14, 2014 - 10:33 am

Andi - This is made of awesome Magan! I love the list you made for Estelle to do and I think if shy Emily can do them so can she. 🙂

May 14, 2014 - 9:53 am

Alexa S. - I absolutely adore your review of Since You’ve Been Gone, M! I felt the same way about Emily and her story. This book was another Morgan Matson hit for me. And I also really, really love your list for Estelle! I definitely want to see her do one (or all) of these things 😉

Estelle: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: secret relationships, online communities, friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Tabitha has been pretty lonely since her friends ditched her, citing her looks and […]

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May 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu - […] first love, and the desire to take control but feeling powerless to actually obtain it. Like in Life By Committee, the author has spun another suspenseful contemporary — where will all of this messy behavior […]

January 8, 2015 - 11:37 pm

Sha La La Life | Pub Date, Estelle - […] Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu was one of my favorite reads from last year. Why am I pairing it with this coffee stout? Well, Tab, the main character in LBC is the child of two parents who own an adorable coffeehouse in the Vermont mountains called Tea Cozy. Corey made the place seem so real in the book (and delicious) that I would most certainly be hanging out there if it existed. (Damn you, fiction.) So we have the warm, comforting drinks but to fit in with the new year’s resolution portion of this Pub Date… we also have a character who has been ditched by her best friends for reasons she cannot control and finds herself drawn to an online community where she can post her secrets and be forced to act on them. […]

May 17, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Rebecca - I’ve been interested in this author since she first debuted last year and hearing that you loved not only her debut, but her 2nd as well, makes me want to hurry up and read her books. Very curios and hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on her books soon. You’ve sold me even more.

May 13, 2014 - 9:01 am

Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu: Dedicated to Friendship - […] Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review of LBC […]

April 30, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Pretty sure this is on my TBR almost entirely because of you. This sounds really, really great and so genuine and so real. (Was that redundant? I don’t care.) This sounds like such a great book and I’m so glad I read your review because it was already on my radar but not as such a fantastic read! 🙂

April 17, 2014 - 7:25 am

Ellie - I thought this cover looked familiar and then I remembered…I snagged an arc of this at ALAMW! And now you’ve completely convinced me that I need to move this up on my TBR pile. Imperfect characters are my jam.

April 17, 2014 - 12:07 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Oooh, this sounds so interesting!! You make me want to go request this right now!!

April 14, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Alexa S. - I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS! I haven’t read her first book (OCD Love Story), but I want to. And this one sounds even more delightful! And also thoughtful. So looking forward to it!

April 14, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Whoa, your review got me all anxious, too! I do want to read this, though. I still haven’t read OCD Love Story. I think I need to remedy that ASAP.

April 14, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been excited to read this one for the premise and since I liked OCD Love Story. However, I didn’t realize there was a whole threatening/foreboding part and that makes me less excited. I trust you that it’s well done, but so often I find those types of situations either too stressful or too cheesy. I have this one to review though and I’m still looking forward to reading it!

April 14, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Cassie G - I still haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I hadn’t actually read any reviews for it until yours! So glad to see you liked it. I am definitely adding this further up on my list of to-reads quickly. And I love when characters don’t always make correct decisions and they’re imperfect—we are too!
(And thanks SO MUCH for your lovely comments about my blog! I’m so glad you like it! It means a TON! 🙂 )

April 14, 2014 - 1:35 pm

elena - AGH even reading the synopsis for this book is nerve-wrecking! i can def see how it’s appealing for tabitha (like you said, empowering) but omg there is a fine line between empowering and life-ruining. loved what you said about change. this really sounds like a great book!