Anytime I pick up a book and become emotionally invested in the characters, I begin to imagine how the story might play out, how I'd like it to end for those involved. Laurie Boris has a knack for telling stories that do not go exactly as I first believe I would like them to --and yet I always love the way her books play out. Sliding Past Vertical is not an exception. Without giving anything away, there are twists and turns and bits and pieces that I would never have wanted the characters to do or experience, and those are the very parts that make this such a rich story...well that and the fact that I feel like I actually knew the characters, like they were people I'd encountered (or, occasionally, had been). Loved this book start to finish, and, as always, I can hardly wait to see what Ms. Boris gives us next.