Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

January 1, 2015 Review 0 ★★

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer PayneSince You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne
Published by Dundurn on 24th January 2015
Genres: Issues, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 216
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.


Reviewed by Kelly

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley
in exchange for an honest review*

I had such high hopes for Since You’ve Been Gone. The cover and the blurb both drew me in. Unfortunately though, the story failed to deliver what the blurb promised.

I have a list of notes that I made whilst I was reading, and none of them are positive. I even highlighted a few parts, but none of them were because they were my favourite parts.

Since You’ve Been Gone started out so well, the opening lines of the first paragraph pulled me in. I was intrigued. I wanted to know more. And I did find out more, just not enough, because the whole of Since You’ve Been Gone was rushed and under-developed. There was no one part that the author gave any great detail to.

I had issues with the accuracy of the timeline. I had issues with the romance. I had issues with the stealing and letting someone else take the blame. I had issues with the fact that Edie hated bullying and being bullied but felt it was OK to be so mean to Imogen. I had issues with how a VERY famous REAL murder was referenced in the book and then seemingly just glossed over quickly. I had issues with how Siobhan dropped the bombshell to Edie. I had issues with the ending and how abrupt it was. I think I pretty much had issues with the whole book.

And ultimately, it’s just not one that I can recommend.

About Mary Jennifer Payne

Mary Jennifer Payne’s writing has been published in journals, anthologies, and magazines both in Canada and abroad, and she is the author of several YA graphic novels. Since You’ve Been Gone is her first YA novel. She teaches with the Toronto District School Board and lives in Toronto.

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