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Since You've Been Gone

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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 that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in
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Published February 17th 2015 by Dundurn
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Thank you Dundurn Press for granting me access to this review copy!

Since You've Been Gone was a bit of a disappointment, to be frank. I wasn't expecting a literary masterpiece, but I feel like this book that focuses on such a bleak topic could have brushed more than the surface. The romance was extremely off-kilter, the main character was irritating enough for me to want to set the book aside, and the writing needed work. I'll admit, the fact that I finished this book in one sitting is a good si
Alisha Marie
I don't know what it is with me lately, but I have been dissatisfied with 90% of the netgalley books that I have been approved for. Maybe it's because seeing as how I'm reading the e-arc's for free, I'm more open as to what I'm requesting. However, I assumed that Since You've Been Gone would break this streak since it's a YA novel (which I love) and it had a really interesting premise. Despite these two things, I was still highly disappointed in Since You've Been Gone.

The main reason as to why I
I won a copy of “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Mary Jennifer Payne, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest, in exchange for an honest review. The story deals with a young teenager girl and her mother, who have been on the run for five years, and move from Toronto to the UK to escape from an abusive father.

This was an extremely quick read and it was very fast-paced, but I felt that while this was a very promising book, it just fell a little short.

After Edie and her mom move from Canada to London i
Sherwood Smith
I received this from Net-galley and read it it pretty much in one sitting. The good thing? It grabbed me from the start, and the pacing never let up.

Not so good? I believe this book needed to be at least a third longer, maybe more.

Payne does a nice job with description, and a very fine job with many of the emotional issues caused by PTSD. Her Edie not only falls into the sharp crying jags of someone in her situation (Fifteen year old Canadian girl on the run with her mother from an abuser, end
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!

It was a bit hard to read this book. A lot frustrating, to be honest. It has the potential to be great especially since the premise is serious and should-be emotional.

First off, the main character sucks. Its so hard to sympathize when everytime she's been given a chance to be a nice and kind person, she's turning into an ass. This girl doesn't know the word 'compassion'. Makes me think she deserves what's happening to her.

The mother and daughter relationship that the author is sel
Gloria ♪
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, r2r-and-arc
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Edie and her mom are on the run. They have been for years now. They're trying to escape from Edie's violent father, but for some reason, he can't let them go and keeps on tracking them down. After Edie and het mom move from Canada to London in a rush, Edie tries to blend in in the new city and her new school. But that's easier said than done. And then one day her mom doesn't come home from work. Edie doesn't
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2015, netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

2.5 stars

Edie and her mother have been on the run for years. Escaping an abusive past, the two have always managed to stay one step ahead of the lives they left behind. Edie and her mother leave Toronto with the hope of starting a new life in London.

After a few days in London, it is clear that this is not the escape that they hoped for. Edie's mother begins working a night shift job and Edie begins school. All too s
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: family, friendship, bravery, strength, loyalty.

This is a very quick read with a pretty fast pace. It's gripping enough to keep you reading, and deep enough to make you stop and think.

Edie is a character that I felt very sorry for but who I also thought was incredibly strong. It was definitely a little weird.

This story hooked me. It was pretty heavy reading for something so short and I feel that a lot of the issues and the other characters could have been explored more. If only there wer
Lenore Kosinski

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

2 stars — So I was trying to find a mystery type book for one of my reading challenges, and this is one of the oldest NetGalley books I haven’t read…from when I first joined NetGalley and requested all sorts of things. Unfortunately this book was just…not engaging. I just had all sorts of problems with it, but because I wanted it to count for my challenge, becaus
Erin Lynn
Originally reviewed on The Hardcover Lover.

In accordance to FTC guidelines, I must state that I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes.

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne, starts off strong and remains strong throughout the entire novel. Payne does a great job at capturing the attention of her readers by including an opening scene that shows the main character's tough side - a tough side that is revealed to be caused by some major emotional and physical damage. Her writ
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This book was not what I expected at all. For me it mostly came short on believability for there was none.

I didn't hate it. It was a very quick read and not uninteresting but it had problems, especially once you started to think about it.

Edie and her Mom have been on the run for the last five years. In a hurry, they leave Canada for England (where her mother comes from anyway, so if you really wanted to move somewhere where they wouldn'
Janie Johnson
I got this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I liked this book. I think it was very engaging and a quick, easy read. Although there were a few issues with the editing such as repeat lines of the title and the Author's name throughout the book which kept me from giving it a higher rating.

In this book we have Edie and her mom on the run from Edie's dad constantly. They finally settle in London hoping for a better life. Things are not going well for Edie because of bullies in s
Kathy Davie
A fictional story about fear, bullies, and taking a stand in this young adult-oriented tale.

This ARC was provided by NetGalley and the Dundurn Group in exchange for an honest review.

My Take
This story started with such great promise. I was enthralled from the start. Payne pulled me in, dropping little teasers that kept me racing through the pages, reading from Edie's first-person perspective.

The bullies everywhere: the teachers, the students, and Savitri's parents! Although, her parents do have r
Jacqueline Carvell
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I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn Group.

This is a relatively short YA book which in some ways makes it a nice, easy read but at the same time, I found myself hungry for more details and a properly resolved ending. Edie is a likable character who is dealing with all the issues of a teenager - bullying, school and boys - on top of being on the run with her mother, Sydney.

The auth
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 3.5 Stars

It's kind of odd that I read two books with similar themes so very close to one another. I recently read What She Left Behind, which also revolves around an abusive father and a missing mother. But while both books have similar themes, the books are really different.

This book is about Edie who constantly has to move from pla
Anna (Enchanted by YA)

***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

I don’t usually review contemporaries because I’ve found that they can be quite repetitive for me but this one sparked my interest straight away; and not because the cover reminded me of Kelly Clarkson’s song with the same name so get all the singing out of your system now!

In the end I’m glad I read this book because it wasn’t the happy-go-lucky love story I’ve read befo
BookWorm 221
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank You to NetGalley and Dundurn Group for allowing me to read this book in exchange of an honest review.

I have to admit that it took me longer than usual to warm up to this book, but I’ll also admit that I don’t think it was the book’s fault, I was just going through a horrible reading slump, but a couple of days ago I picked it up again at it just grabbed me and didn’t let me go until the end.

Edie and her mother have been running from something since Edie was little
Well, this was quite the short book, or maybe it just seemed like it?

Anyway, though I liked to get into the story head first and there are many themes mentioned that people should pay attention to, there were some things I didn't enjoy regarding the story.

First is the main character, I am not sure if she was supposed to annoy the reader or that was just me, but I didn't like her much. And I wish authors would know when it is the right time for a character to decide to do things on her/his own, a
Fifteen year old Edie Fraser had lived the last five years running with her mother. Every time she made friends and felt comfortable in her new setting, they left abruptly. The last place in Canada was one of the worst to leave, Edie is trying to not let it leave a chip on her shoulder but she is tired of this life. When her mother leaves for work at her new job in London, little does she know her life is about to change again and she has no where to turn.

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Ashley Dotson
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars, rounded up.

"My life will seem secure for a while, but if you watch long enough, it eventually shifts, just like those plates, and everything I'm used to changes again. The frustrating thing is that each time my life changes, I leave little pieces of myself behind.

Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, are on the run. They have been for years - ever since the day Edie's father finally snapped and hit her. All they want to do is have a life where his shadow isn't looming over them. But
3.5 stars – rounded
I’ve been back and forth while writing this review, wondering just what was prodding me to be uneasy with the story. Mary Jennifer Payne writes beautifully: her descriptions and emotional impact is clear to see, and the character of Edie is instantly sympathetic whether an adult or teen is reading. The underlying reasons for Edie’s story are all too familiar if one reads the headlines, and running away from a bad situation does often seem the only choice for child or parent d
Lekeisha The Booknerd
This book is filled with issues – bullying, domestic violence, verbal abuse, and racism – among other things. And while I can feel sympathetic towards the main character’s situation, I cannot like her as a character. Along with not liking the main character, there’s the fact that the story is not written properly to make any sense. It’s all thrown together and rushed at the end, which is very anti-climactic.

At the start of this story, Edie and her mother are once again on the move. Every time th
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My Star Rating for Since You've Been Gone is: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading an ARC Copy of ‘SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE’(via:

This is my review of “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Mary Jennifer Payne. The story follows a young fifteen-year-old girl from Canada who is on the run with her mother. They have been running for about five years from her father who was abusive towards her mother and the last straw was when it finally was direc
[Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.]

There are some possible spoilers in this review, but nothing terribly major.

The story in this book was fine. Just fine. It wasn't spectacular, or really anything cutting-edge or amazing. It was fine, average, you know. My problem with it, and why it only gets two stars, was the writing. There was so much in the book that just didn't fit. The main character's mother is missing, and she's freaking out so much that she can't think str
Reading Bifrost
“The frustrating thing is that each time my life changes, I leave little pieces of myself behind”

As soon as a couple of teenage girls started the ‘You don’t know me!’ ‘Well, you don’t know me!’ bickering at the beginning of the book, a little warning bell went off and the eye-rolling commenced. Okay, so we’re talking about 15 year old girls. Noted. Getting past the eye-twitching drama leads to the inconsistencies throughout the book.

Edie is first introduced as a fiery, sh
I have to start by saying I'm not a huge fan of mean girls and bullying, whether or not our main character shows her mettle and quietly stares them down or goes all Hulk on them and shows them she isn't one to be pushed around. I'm just... it's not a favorite theme of mine. So when Edie starts her new school and has her initial run-in with the local mean girl AND quietly gives the cold shoulder to the person who initially welcomes her I wasn't loving that.

BUT... while the bullying theme runs thr
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, netgalley
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an extremely quick read. I was able to read the entire book in just a few hours. It was very fast-paced, and there were few dull moments. That being said, it didn't seem like much actually happened.

Edie and her mother have been moving from place to place for the past five years. Every time Edie thinks they might be able to settle down, her abusive father finds them, and they have to run again. Her mother dec
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
For the past five years, Edie Fraser and her mum have been on the run, trying to escape her abusive rather. This time, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only is she in a new school, but she’s in a new country, her mother has been missing for days and she has no one to talk to without ending up in care.

This was a very short YA book, which was a nice, easy read. However, this meant that although the main story was good, there were lots of little details and minor characters that I would have
I'm not sure what I'm thinking of this book. This seems to be my usual state nowadays.

I don't really know how to start, so I'll just ramble on.

I think this book was a little too focused on giving a message. Sure, all those comments on racism, discrimination, domestic violence and such were made to hit home and they did in many ways, but if I'm being honest, it didn't have to be screaming, "Look at me! I'm dying to make a social point!" After a while, it was just too much.

I'm not sure what to say
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The concept of this book was alright and everything, but it just...wasn't for me. The whole idea of the book was unique and not really like anything I've ever read before. The main character was really moody, distrusting, and she didn't really make any stupid mistakes throughout the book, but I really didn't like how negatively she viewed everything. I can understand why she had such a dark and bleak
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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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