Author: Jill Hathaway
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 4 Birds
Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.
Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.
Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.
Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.
I really enjoyed this Debut by Jill Hathaway. Slide is the story of a girl named Vee Bell who has the ability to “Slide” in to other people (hence the name “Slide”). Her father thinks that she is narcoleptic, but when she “passes out” or has “episodes” she Slides into people and can see what is going on through their point of view.
Vee’s mother died when she was younger, so her sister Mattie and herself live alone with only their Father, which is always at work and never home. Since her father is never home Vee is left to look after her sister, and when she slips inside of the head of the person who murdered Sophie (Mattie’s Friend), Vee is more determined than ever to keep an eye on Mattie. Mattie blames herself for Sophie’s death because she along with her other friend Amber send a naked picture of Sophie to the whole football team. There are so many people Vee thinks could be a potential suspect, and she doesn’t stop until she gets to the bottom of it. I really can’t tell you all of the fabulous exciting details without giving away any spoilers so I will just say this. This story is full of twists and turns, and it will take you for a very exciting ride. There are two guys in this book who are close to Vee, which are Rollins and Zane. Rollins is her best friend and they have been drifting apart. Then she meets Zane in the nurse’s office after she had an accident and got cut by glass and they hit it off right away. These two guys and their relationships with Vee will also keep you on the edge of your seat.
There is an underlying mystery of who is killed Sophie, and it’s who you least expect… I was totally shocked by who it was and how all of the characters were connected. It started off a little slow for me, but it picked up and took off. The night I sat down to read some more of Slide I really didn’t expect to finish it, but I literally could not put it down until the last page. I was very satisfied with the ending, although it was a little sad, I am really happy about how it ended. I definitely recommend this Debut; it was a really good book.
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