Emily and Sloane are best friends, practically attached at the hip. It is now summer and Emily has a million plans for what they will do. But one day, Sloane disappears. The only thing left behind is a confused Emily and a to-do-list written by Sloane. It is a list for Emily, a list of things for her to do without her best friend, challenges designed to bring her out of her shell. Since the list is Emily’s only clue to finding Sloane, she decides to complete it. But this is not an easy list. Number one is to kiss a stranger. Number two is go skinny dipping. Number five just says Penelope. This might be harder than Emily first expected, but with the help of some new friends and a whole lot of determination she might be able to finish it and hopefully find what she is looking for at the end of it.
Emily was never and outgoing person before Sloane came to town, and when they became best friends she was mostly known as Sloane’s best friend. Sloane brought the wild, daring and unexpected, and without her Emily is lost. Her only hope is to finish the list, but she might find something else than her best friend along the way; confidence, new friendships and possibly love. This novel also features an array of charming characters in the form of Emily’s new friends, who really help bring this story to life.
This is definitely a coming-of-age novel, and it is amazing to see Emily evolve from a girl who is afraid to talk to strangers to someone who stands on her own two feet. I wouldn’t say that it’s a story of romance as much as a story of self-discovery. Who are you really when all that is familiar is taken away from you and you are left on your own? Will you give up and retreat or will you fight to find a new place in the world? Emily chose the latter, and for that I admire her. This is a story of friendship and bravery, and it shows just how much you can change in one single summer, if you really put your mind to it. I have also written a review of Morgan Matson’s Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. They are both stand-alone novels, but I recommend reading Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour first if you are planning on reading both of them, since this novel contains a spoiler about what happens with Amy after the end of her own story. If you are a fan of Anna and the French Kiss or Fangirl you will probably love this story as well.
//Love from L