Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Review: "Slide" by Jill Hathaway

Provided via NetGalley - Publisher: Balzer + Bray for Harper Collins - Release Date: 3/27/12


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.

Jill Hathaway lives in the Des Moines area with her husband and young daughter. Having earned her BA in English Education from the University of Northern Iowa and her MA in Literature from Iowa State University, she teaches high school English and dual credit courses for Des Moines Area Community College.
The sequel to Slide, Imposter, is slated for release March 2013.

So, our heroine, Vee, has a unique ability/curse of being able to "slide" into other people by touching objects that they have owned or imprinted on (touched in a special way.) In order to avoid seeming incredibly insane, Vee has allowed everyone to believe she is narcoleptic. In this way, she covers for her spells which have a nasty side effect of making her pass out for the duration of the slide.

James Franco's not sleeping in class. He's Sliding!!

Well, just when you might be thinking that sliding is all fun and games or you're crafting your Top Ten People to Slide Into Wishlist, enter a complicated best-friendship, an equally complex family life, hero to zero popularity status at high school, a creepy teacher and a murder spree that is circling ever-closer to her sister.

Step aside, Rachel McAdams. Time for me to Slide...

Slide is fast-paced, fun and well-written. The mystery kept me wondering without throwing out to many red herrings or being unbelievable. (Although, it did take a hot minute for Vee to think of her curse as a super power.) Vee is very much a teenager without being to angsty or snarky. I particularly think Hathaway excels at creating the complicated relationships between the characters. Great fast, fun read. Sign me up for the sequel.


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  1. Hi there :) just popping in...

    I've heard great things about this book and can't wait to get my hands on a copy to read.

    Book Enslaved

  2. OMG, you crack me up... "Step aside Rachel McAdams." Hmmm, I wonder who I would put on my top ten list.



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