Non-spoiler review: Since You've Been Gone by: Mary Jennifer Payne

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been GoneAuthor: Mary Jennifer Payne
Pages: 224
Published by: Dundurn Group
Published on: February 17th 2015
Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school she's in a different country. Sydney promises her that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn't come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them. Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she ll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life.

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I got this book off NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not alter my opinions about the book in any way.

When I first read the synopsis for this book on the NetGalley catalog I thought,"Okay, sounds interesting enough. Maybe I will read it." My request was accepted (No shiz Kaitlin) and I read it (Again, no shiz). It was definitely worth the read. I thought the plot was very well thought out and the presentation was just as good. This book is a bit of a mystery because Edie, the main character, is trying to find her missing mother. I would say this was a short but suspenseful read.

The main character, Edie, like a pretty realistic person. She is shy due to her frequent move of homes and schools. How she handled the situation in which her mom disappeared was a bit stupid; at some points I was facepalming myself because of how badly she was handling her situation. The truth of her mom's disappearance was right in her face yet she was too scared to face it. Other than that Edie was a pretty okay main character. 

When I found out about Edie's mom and how she disappeared I straight up face palmed myself. Not that is was stupid, but because it was so ridiculous. It wasn't even the author's fault, no it's just what happened. Like I hope the person that caused this to happen is sad and feels like an idiot and a jerk because what they did was so obnoxious, careless, and selfish.

The relationship in this book I felt was kind of forced. The characters knew each other for about a week max. and they are already dating. Of course when you see a character with the opposite gender you assume,"Oh they are going to date." (I know I'm not the only one) This time it just felt like the author needed to have a relationship in it. It wasn't necessary, no, it needed to be in there. I just felt like the book would have gone perfectly fine without the relationship.

I gave this book a 4 because I took a point off for the rushed relationship.