For the last two years, Emily’s world has exploded into a bright exciting place because of her best friend Sloane. Sloane showed up the summer before sophomore year of high school, adorned in vintage cocktail dresses and smoky eye makeup, with amazing stories and adventurous plans. All of this changes the summer before senior year, when Sloane has just disappeared. Left behind for Emily is a list of thirteen tasks, cleverly designed by Sloane to draw Emily out of her introverted shell. Emily vows to complete the whole list before the summer’s end, positive it will lead her to Sloane, but is horrified at the idea of kissing a stranger, dancing until dawn, or buying the expensive backless dress she’s always loved at the thrift store. Along the way, though, Emily realizes she has hidden reserves of strength, humor, and compassion, and finds a place for herself in the world without Sloane. VERY highly recommended for all fans of Sarah Dessen’s smart, realistic fiction.