Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Young Adult/YA, Contemporary
Read: 3rd June 2015
Emily’s best friend Sloane disappears, almost without a trace – the only thin 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?
Emily only has the summer to check off Sloane’s list.
The question is, what will he find at the end of it?
When Emily comes back from a trip with her family, she finds that her best friend has disappeared without a trace. The other half of her duo, she’s lost and without anything to do now that all her plans have fallen through. That is, until a list appears at her house.
1. Kiss a stranger
2. Go skinny-dipping
3. Steal something
4. Break something
6. Ride a dern horse, ya cowpoke
7. 55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona
8. The backless dress. And somewhere to wear it
9. Dance until dawn
10. Share some secrets in the dark
11. Hug a Jamie
12. Apple picking at night
13. Sleep under the stars
While not a terribly crazy list, we learn from the get-go that without Sloane, Emily is terribly shy. Most of the things on this list terrify her. But determined to find her best friend again, Emily takes on the list as her summer project and finds herself along the way. She becomes Emily Hughes instead of Sloane-and-Emily like she had been for the last two years. She makes new friends like Dawn, who works in the pizzeria next door to the ice cream parlour where she works. She accidently becomes friends with class president Frank Porter and his friend Matthew Collins. She has a wild summer and expands herself by doing all of the crazy things on the list. It makes you laugh and you wish you could have a summer like it. You wish you could’ve thought of the list idea and sent them to your friends to see how many of them they would do. With each item Emily ticks off, it’s another story in her wild summer before senior year and you feel like you could tell the stories yourself. Crazy playlists and Beatles references, it’s a perfect summer read.
If you liked Paper Towns by John Green, you’ll like this book. It’s a wonderful read and I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading it. I promised myself only to read a chapter or two before I went to sleep last night and I ended up reading half of the book. I had to put it away at three am because I didn’t want it to be over so soon. This novel is a great read and I’d highly recommend that everybody reads it.
I have given this book 5/5 🌟