I like that the main driving force of the plot is the friendship between Sloane and Emily. It is interesting having the story told from the perspective of the friend that isn't as popular and often feels like an after-thought. The story deals a lot with what it's like to be friends with someone with such a strong personality, especially for a shy person, and what it's like to be suddenly left alone to cope with life. Emily makes admirable strides but I like that her personality doesn't suddenly change overnight and that it takes her and other characters times to overcome their fears.
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Tags: Character Driven, Contemporary Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Summer Vacation