Author: Morgan Matson
First Published: May 6th, 2014
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical Copy
My Overall Rating: 8/10
This is the perfect summer read! Although I don't read that much contemporary, I adored every page of this book! Emily is an introvert - awkward and shy. Her rock and best friend Sloane disappears with no trace, leaving Emily behind with a list of things to do. I really liked the list and seeing how this brought Emily out of her shell. She begins the book as being the shy, awkward girl, then ends it being confident and cheerful. The list isn't just a list, but it really did help change her life.
Emily begins as a shy, awkward wallflower, but slowly turns into someone with more confidence and extroverted. Most of the things on the list in something Emily 1.0 would never do, but because she felt like she owed Sloane something, she forced herself to do them all, which lead to her meeting new friends, trying new things, and basically having a great summer.
I also really liked how the list began as a secret, but then Emily enlists the help of Frank and her new found friends, eventually it turns into a mutual group project. All her friends are so supportive, especially Dawn and Frank! Even Collins - who I thought was a jerk at first - turned out to be helpful, participating a lot to help Emily finish her list.
This book's main focus is friendship, not romance. Sure, Emily meets Frank and they become good friends right away, (later developing into something else), but Emily's main focus is completing her list and figuring out what happened to her best friend. I really like books like this, where friendship is the main theme of the plot.
For me, Sloane was a terrible friend, even if I understand her reasons. She didn't even bother to leave a message, which made Emily panic and run around in circles. It would have been nice if she at least told Emily something instead of dropping off the face of earth. I understand that she's afraid of saying goodbye, but isn't it better to have closure than leaving someone hanging for the rest of their lives, wondering what happened? Emily does forgive Sloane in the end, which was really mature of her. Also another reason why I don't like Sloane that much is because she was so quick to ditch her best friend for Sam, her boyfriend. Like that time when they planned to watch a movie together, only for Emily to end up sitting alone because Sam and Sloane wanted "alone" time. Sloane is really quick to leave people behind, which I found annoying about her.
All in all, I thought this was a really good summer read - the type of book you'd read while sipping something ice cold (with ice cubes) :) Although summer is basically over, I recommend it to everyone who wants a cute and easy summer book!
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