since you've been gone // morgan matson

published: 2014
pages: 449
isbn: 978-1-4424-3500-1
read from: 5/30 2016 to 6/23/2016
rating: 1) hated it 2) liked it 3) LOVED IT

SYNOPSIS ((amazon))
Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. 

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night?
 Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn?
 Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping?


uhm Basically, Sloane leaves Em without any notice. no heads up, she doesn't answer when she calls her. she just disappears into the wind. 

so to cut it short, Em does every single thing on the list thinking that it will lead her to Sloane and in the long run it does but maybe not in the way Em thinks it will (and honestly, not the way i thought either.) 

she ends up becoming friends with Dawn who walks into her job (#7) after she catches her friend making out with her boyfriend. she takes off with her that same night (i believe to do #11 on the list) and from there on, she becomes friends with her as well frank and collins. 

frank and the gang help her finish up the list and its towards the very end that she has an epiphany about where Sloane could have been. 
and low and behold, James (#11) was right! (well he didnt really help her, he just made a comment about a sticker on her car (which i LOVED!))
so she takes off and actually finds her! 

and that's about it. 
i don't want to go too into it. 

(just thoughts on the book itself)

first off, if you don't think of Kelly Clarkson when you read that title, then I'm sorry because you missed Summer of '06's biggest hit (it says it was 2004 but i remember it my senior year of HS.) 

anyways, i had been wanting to read this book for a while but i just never got around to it. 
AND THEN (!!!) i finally found the young adult section in my library (i have NO IDEA why i just never asked where it was at) and this was just standing there waiting for me!

so i checked it out, return time came and i checked it out again. 
I'm not sure why i didn't get into it right away but it definitely caught my attention these last 2 days. i picked it back up at lunch yesterday, read it all throughout the rest of my shift and i got to work so early today that i was able to finish it. and honestly i couldn't really put it down so i HAD to finish it. 

nevertheless, as long as it took me i actually really liked this book. 
i didn't really give out any spoilers up above cause iduno but i would say, if you have the time, check it out. 

i fell in love with Emily finally gaining strength to be her own person, i fell in love with Frank's "other" side, i thought Collins and Dawn were the absolute best. and i even fell in love with Em's little brother Beckett. and her parents who were total absentee's when they "should have been there." 

i got mad at Sloane for leaving and for making Em feel the way she did when Steve was around. I got mad at her for loving Em like she did as a friend and letting her spill her guts but then completely fabricated her life JUST because she didn't want to be honest with her and didn't want to lose that friendship. 
i was VERY happy when Em told her how she felt about that. 

i specially loved the scene where they do living room theater. 
to see frank and dawn come together like that for Em was just about the best and that's when i fell in love with their friendship. 

to me, this was a good read simply for the fact that it shows you how amazing it is to be able to have a best friend and i know this sucks to say but i think the idea of a best friend these days isn't really out there anymore (at least to me and basically only in those who invest in their relationships with their partners) but also because it shows you how amazing it is to finally stand up for yourself!

i loved how it showed how great it could be and how quickly it could also fall apart. 

whatdoyouknow!, i actually really loved/learned from this book. 
I'm definitely checking out her other books. 

You Did It, Wanda!

thanks for reading!
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PS: i have NO idea why my blog is being all stupid with the font and what not. ugh, i need to update it. sorry!

car washing gone wrong

oh man. 
just a random post because last night was too funny (for me anyways) not to share. 

so I'm in like 5 different fitbit workweek challenges. and for all of May I've been coming in mostly at 3rd place (W & Y are NO JOKE). so yesterday, i set off on my usual walk already with 7k steps down. 
i go for a walk, come back home, eat some chicken soup and then i go wash my moms car. 

now, i don't know about you BUT with my car, i can leave the keys inside of it and it wont lock itself. idk, i guess it recognizes that the key is inside. 
but noooo. 
not this temperamental car.

anyways, i go wash my moms car at those wash it yourself places and i take off my sandals because i make a mess (and unknowingly i pulled up into the super duper high pressure stall) so they just really bother me cause I'm always slippin' and sliddin' cause im that clumsy. 
i go about my business, wash the damn car and as i finish, I'm ready to get inside to pull it up to the front to dry it. 
and wouldn't you  know. 
the damn car locked itself with the freaking keys inside. 
keys, phone, wallet. BOOM. just starring back at me laughing. 

so, shoe less, looking like a hot mess, i ask the couple in the next stall to let me use their phone. 
i call my sister and she swears shes performing open heart surgery and I'm bugging her so i tell her to shove it and LUCKILY a) my moms car comes with included roadside assistance that b) comes with a card thingy with the info that i attached to her key that somehow C) when i left it in the car, i left it with the number on the tag facing up so i could see it clearly (silver lining guys, take what you can get!) so i was able to call for help. 

i call, they send a tow truck and i wait. 

so, i get my ass walking around the car. i did something like 2,000 steps waiting for the dude to get there. 
mind you, its now 9pm and i have this irrational fear of being outside past like 7pm.(seriously, even in my own backyard.) and little by little all the cars that were there start leaving but it got busy again so hooray for that. 

so after 20 something minutes and an additional 2k steps, homeboy FINALLY arrives. 
idk what or who i was expecting to arrive (maybe like a Honda tow truck or some shit) and when i saw the wire i was like "fuck!, there goes my moms paint job." but as it turns out they know what they're doing. 

so he needs my id and the mileage to idk, get it back to Honda or something but he looks at my id and hes like "whoa. that's you? what happened?"
i lost it. i started laughing SO HARD. i was like what do you mean!!!!
and hes like, I'm not saying you look bad, its just, you look different. 
i was laughing so hard. 
so he bailed me and we were just laughing. it was a good time had by all. 
but even more for me because in my DL i have red short hair (yea i used to be a redhead) with some hella fucked up eyebrows. and its was taken when they decided they need to zoom into your face JUST to make sure its you. not like before, from afar. 

moral of the story: always laugh at yourself. cause that's how the shitty moments get made into some funny ass moments. 

of course, i posted the story on my snapchat if ya wanna catch it. ...only a few hours left to hear my nonsense! (ellexgee) 
and thats about it. 
car washing 101: what NOT to do and life 101: laugh at that. 

hope you have a great week. 
im trying to get over tomorrow and hello 3 day weekend!!!!


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