Book Look OOTD: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This summery outfit is ideal for today because I have the day off of work and in a few short hours I’ll be leaving to go to my Bachelorette Party! The girls (and guys – Andrew and I decided to have a combined Bachelor / Bachelorette party) rented a house on a beach and I’m so excited for our weekend of board games, beach bummin’ and wine drinking.

As soon as I got this ice cream cone shirt from Wildfox (another design that’s made for little girls) I knew it would be the perfect book look for Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson since the main character Emily spends some of her summer working at an ice cream shop.  I also wanted to wear something on the trendier side hence the lace on my denim shorts and the fringe on my sandals because the cover models are oh so fashionable!  When I think of summer, I often think immediately of SYBG.  It has all the elements I love in YA contemporary and I definitely plan on re-reading this one<3

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Outfit Details: Shirt (Wildfox)  |  Shorts (Forever 21 – Similar

Necklace (House of Harlow – NA)  |  Bangles (House of Harlow – N/A)  

Shoes (Sam Edelman – Similar)  |  Sunglasses (Choies – Similar)

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Tea & Book Chat: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to reads Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone.  I was immediately drawn to the cover when I first saw it in bookstores last May because honestly, how could I not be?  It’s so summery and perfect and I love the heart shaped Lolita sunglasses and the fact that both girls are enjoying ice cream cones.  After a long winter of being engrossed in epic fantasy reads, the craving for a fun contemporary book finally hit once the sun started making some appearances in New York.  I’m so glad I chose to start with this book because I truly loved it and now I’m on a contemporary reading kick!

What I loved most about Since You’ve Been Gone is that the story is about friendship and self discovery and while there is a love aspect to it, it’s far from the main focus.  Sloane and Emily are best friends and they have an epic summer planned until one day Sloane just disappears without any explanation.  All that’s left in her wake is a list of things for Emily to do so she makes it her mission to complete them all (even the ones that sound near impossible) in the hopes that it’ll lead her back to Sloane.  When we’re first introduced to Emily she’s a quiet introvert who prefers to stay out of the spotlight.  She’s been living the past two years in Sloane’s shadow and now that she’s gone, Emily is forced to come out of her shell.  Through the course of the book she becomes more vocal about her own personal needs and wants and it’s so exciting to watch her evolve throughout the pages.

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I also have to mention that in addition to the beautiful cove art, if you take the book jacket off of Since You’ve Been Gone you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.  There’s even cover art on the inside of the book jacket!  It’s super appealing.  And lastly, here are some overall book thoughts: I was surprised at how long the chapters were (some were upwards of 40 pages) but I found myself flying through them nonetheless.  I really loved how I felt while reading this book.  It was such a fun summer read and I loved the playlists that Matson included.  I really related to Emily and for me, the story became so much more about her than her search for Sloane.

Final Thoughts: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is an incredibly fun summer read that’s all about friendship and self discovery.  It felt different than any YA I’ve previously read and I especially appreciated the playlists that are included throughout the story.  Plus, the cover and inside book jacket are major eye candy.

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

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Um…

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Wait … what? (via Goodreads)

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BONUS: Here’s the inside of the book jacket because it’s just so awesome!

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TOP 10 BOOKS THAT WILL BE IN MY BEACH BAG THIS SUMMER

I have an overwhelming amount of books.  To the point where any strangers who enter my room (and some who have been in it in the past) are immediately afflicted with a serious case of ADHD.  I mean it, there are books EVERYWHERE.  I love it.  It’s cluttered and colorful and homey and it makes me feel safe to be surrounded by so many of my favorite characters.  It’s almost like they’re all watching over me.  Which brings me to the only downside of my book buying addiction; it’s nearly impossible to chose which book to read next unless I’ve clearly mapped out a list with my top choices.  If I don’t create a list I will forget about a certain book I had been looking forward to and its location on my bookshelf (I have too many to read to consolidate into one TBR pile) and it will be buried and lost among the stacks of my personal library.  I was inspired to write this summer post by one of my favorite book bloggers, Jamie, of Perpetual Page Turner who posted her list of top beach reads today. If you think a book looks interesting and what to know more about it, you can click the title of a book you’ll be brought to Amazon where you can read a synopsis of the plot.  Here’s my list of what I’m making my summer priorities!

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1. The Vacationers by Emma Straub

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2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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3. Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

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4. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

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5. Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

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6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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7. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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10. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

 What are you looking forward to reading this summer?  Have you read any of the books I’ve listed?  I’d love to hear your thoughts or additions in the comments below!

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