My last post was a happy, fluffy, feel good favorite…and now I’ve got to be a bit of a Debbie Downer. Sorry about that. They can’t all be warm ones.
Mary Jennifer Payne is coming out with her first YA novel in February. Since You’ve Been Gone is the story about a Canadian teen on the run with her mom. They land in London–new school, new flat, new troubles. Right off the bat, even though she doesn’t tell us until later, we get the feeling why they are running. Him. Someone tore Mom up at some point. We find out later exactly what happened…
Since You’ve Been Gone took me about 2 hours to read. I’m reading an ARC on my Kindle, and if Goodreads hadn’t told me it was 224 pages, I would have considered this more of a novella. While the subject matter is pretty intense, the reading itself is fairly simple. I’m not going to say this is the best book I’ve ever read as far as quality…but it definitely hit me somewhere. Would I buy it? Probably not. But, I expect this is going to resonate well with the teen crowd.
Disclaimer: I received this ARC from NetGalley.
This fulfills PopSugar #4: A book published this year.