Emily's best friend Sloane disappears, almost without a trace - the only thing left behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that wallflower Emily wouldn't normally do, and definitely not without her best friend. But what if completing the list could bring Sloane back? Dance Until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger? Um ...Go skinny dipping? Wait ...what? Emily only has the summer to check everything off Sloane's list. The question is, what will she find at the end of it?
Since You've Been Gone is Morgan Matson's third contemporary YA novel, following Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer. Published in the UK today by Simon and Schuster, it's bound to be a brilliant summer read and, as always, I'm excited to be part of the blog tour. I hope you enjoy reading Morgan's post below - do tweet her at @morgan_m and let her know your own desert island choices!
Desert Island Reads
by Morgan Matson
I love this question, but it’s SUCH a hard thing to make me narrow my favourites down to five. Lists like this can take me forever, because I agonize over every slot! So I just decided to put these down in no order. They’re my favourites anyway, and I can’t rank them beyond this – I love them all.
1. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
Oh, how I love this book. This is one of the ones I re-read every year. It’s a classic, but it feels so modern and it’s one of my all-time faves. If it were published today, it would undoubtedly be YA, but back when it came out, it was just a book. Love it. The ending always makes me sob.
2. The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
It’s a hard battle between this and This Lullaby, but this one wins by a hair. This was the book that made me fall head over heels for Sarah Dessen. This has the best ending, of any of her books, in my mind. I just love how much like life it seems – the sprawling cast of characters, the tiny moments, the unhurried pace.
3. Gloria, Keith Maillard
This book isn’t particularly well-known, I don’t think…I found it in the library back when I was in college. But I love this huge, sprawling saga of a book. It’s about Gloria, whose much too smart for her own good, particularly in America in the ‘50s, when girls of her class are expected to go to college to get married. Over the course of a summer, Gloria finds herself chafing against these expectations, but not sure how to change them, or herself.
4. The Blue Castle, L.M. Montgomery
Wow, another castle book. I never put that together before. This is a book I read at least once a year. It’s the equivalent of comfort food for me. It’s by L.M. Montgomery, who wrote the Anne of Green Gables books, but this one was one of her very few that were written for adults. It’s just lovely. It’s what I read if I’m having a bad day. I don’t even want to tell you what it’s about. Just read it. You’ll thank me.
5. Run, Ann Patchett
This was a hard pick for me – Ann Patchett is one of my all-time faves, and Bel Canto is another one that almost had this spot. But it had to go to Run, in the end. This book takes place in a snowstorm, over two days, and shows the lives of people who are thrown together by chance (or was it?) and how they’re changed by the end of it.
6. The Most of P.G. Wodehouse, P.G. Wodehouse
I know it’s only supposed to be five but I couldn’t help myself. Whenever I need to laugh, I turn to Wodehouse. I spent the summer after college doing nothing but reading the collected works of Wodehouse (and he wrote a LOT). I probably should have been doing something like looking for a job. But I probably had a much better time giggling my way through the adventures of Jeeves and Bertie.
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