It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um…
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?
Every time I see or think about this book, I start singing “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. I hope I’m not the only one. It’s a great song and I love it but sadly I can’t say the same for this book. I liked it, don’t get me wrong. It was good but I didn’t think it was great. I kept me interested enough to finish the book. I had to many things that I didn’t like about it for me to give it a higher rating. I will say though that the last fourth of this book saved the rating for me. Because I did like the romance, I’d say this book is more towards a 3.5 rating.
The pace killed it for me. It was really slow in the beginning. I had to reread paragraphs twice, even three times because I kept losing my place and my interest by the time I’d finish the paragraph. Sometimes I just couldn’t get it so I’d just skim and move on. So few books can pull of switching between past and present storylines and this one fell flat for me. I thought it hindered the pace even more. I also felt like they weren’t necessary. They could’ve been explained in a shorter way that having to delve back into the past. It could’ve saved me a good 50 pages or so. However, I did enjoy the overall plot and concept. It was intriguing and different.
I liked most of the characters. I do not like Sloane. I don’t think she was a great friend at all, rather selfish I think. I grew to like Emily. I like and appreciate that she finally became her own person. I hated that half of the book surrounded her feeling inadequate in life because Sloane wasn’t there anymore. I do love the person she ends up becoming. I also liked Frank, it took a while to get there but it did. I think that’s because we didn’t know much about him. He was sweet, loyal, and dorky. I liked Collins and Dawn as well. The four of them were a fantastic group and were the real kind of friends that you should have. They were so much fun and hilarious together.
I started enjoying the book about 200 pages in. That’s right about halfway in. Before that, it was all fuzzy for me. It especially got better after the skinny dipping part — which was my favorite part of the book. I could not stop laughing! Anyway, I think that more pages should’ve been invested in the end. There were so many things missing and it ended too quickly. **Spoilers Ahead** The Sloane missing is resolved, which I guess was the most important but I wish the Collins and Dawn situation was resolved. To me, that ending felt unfair to Dawn and Collins. Emily gets Sloane back and then what? Forgets that she had a friendship with Dawn and Collins. We don’t see her apologizing to Dawn or setting things straight with Collins. **End of Spoilers**
I do like the romance arc in this book. It was a slowly developed kind of relationship, which I’m always happy with. I love when it starts with friendship. I also love when it takes you by surprise, even more so when it takes both of them by surprise. It’s so cute haha. Overall, it was a good book, a bit predictable but still good. I’ll still recommend it, though.