Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson book jacket

Emily has been waiting outside Sloane’s empty house for the past two weeks hoping for her to come back. Sloane has always been there for her, but she’s always been just out of reach so that Emily had to step out of comfort zone to join her. But this time? Sloane is completely out of reach. She’s left with no means of communication, just disappeared. Until, one day, Emily received a letter. There wasn’t an apology, there wasn’t even a return address, just a list of summer dares. It didn’t matter. This was something, and it was from  Sloane. Emily expected the list to lead her to her one and only best friend Sloane, what she didn’t expect was to make several new friends while she was at it, and definitely not a boyfriend. But does Emily have the guts to complete the list? Will she ever be reunited with Sloane? Or will Emily sink back into the shadows without Sloane’s presence?

The list of summer dares:

This book, while cute, also seemed to have some deep underlying meanings. It seemed to be just as much about loyalty and trust than it was about friendship. Though there were some deeper meanings, I still enjoyed the light and fluffy nature of the book. It was really fun and summer-y. This book is how I’m going to kick off summer reading every year. There is really nothing bad to say about it (plus the book jacket is literally summer perfection). So, read it and tell me what you thought of it!

Rating:

5/5 stars

PG-13 (on the younger side)   Reason: 0-3 curse words, and 0-3 “intimate” scenes

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Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Told from the perspective of Greg, we go through the struggles with him as he gets to know Rachel, a girl who has been diagnosed with leukemia. It all starts with Greg’s mom forcing him to go over to Rachel’s house. This sets off a series of events, where Greg and his best friend Earl share their secrets with her. This book is written in a quirky style. Greg talks very casually and sometimes he includes scenes written in a play like form.

This book is often compared to The Fault in Our Stars, but it really can’t be. I felt like Greg didn’t have any overall change by the end of the book and the book itself wasn’t very deep. The book would have been much more interesting had it been told from Earl’s point of view. I feel like Earl had more overall change than Greg. Greg was just a funny jerk who had no sympathy and didn’t really care about Rachel.

Okay, enough ranting. Onto the rating:

2/5 stars Reason: No character change from the main character. The main reason why I gave it any stars at all was because it was very funny and Earl deserves some credit.

PG-13 (older): A lot of sexual talk, and lots of cursing