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Summer of Sloane Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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From Publishers Weekly
"Through Sloane and everyone who orbits her, Schneider examines betrayal from many angles, as well as the myriad ways that people hurt one another and how one teenager moves forward to see new romance and hope in her future." -Publishers Weekly
From School Library Journal
"The message of forgiveness is well delivered and Sloane is a likable, well-rounded character. . . An enjoyable beach read for fans of teen romance." -School Library Journal
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The writing in this book was incredible. It felt like you were watching a movie play out, or reading Sloane’s personal diary, or something else equally amazing. I didn’t want to put this book down at all. It’s definitely a book that you could read in one sitting. I unfortunately had plans and couldn’t do so, but when I re-read this book many times for years to come, I’m sure it’ll be a ‘one sitting’ book.
Sloane was a fantastic main character. The beginning of the book started out intense, and I felt terrible for her. But quickly things start turning around once she went to Hawaii. The beautiful imagery and overall atmosphere of the Hawaii trip made me want to visit there ASAP. I really enjoyed Sloane’s family: her twin brother Penn, her dad, and her mom/stepdad (although you don’t see that much of the stepdad). I thought they were all pretty likeable characters. Sloane’s Hawaii friends, old and new, were pretty fantastic as well…especially Finn. Cue swooning.
I loved Finn’s character so much. He made me mad a couple times while I was reading, but I couldn’t stay mad at him for long. He’s so much better than Tyler, the toolbag. I hated, hated, hated Tyler’s character vehemently throughout the whole book, except not quite as much towards the end. He still sucked though. Finn makes such an excellent addition to my book boyfriend list, up near the top.
In addition to adoring Finn, I also adored his little sister Luce. She was a good secondary character that helped move things along throughout the book. The backstories for most of the people in the book were kind of tragic, but most people do have some tragedy in their lives. I think that’s another aspect that makes this book so real, so perfect.
I only kept track of one funny line while reading: "It looks fast and slightly dangerous and I have to admit, it makes me feel kinda like a badass. Well, in a might-pee-my-pants badass kind of way." I spent most of the time just swept up into the story that I didn’t stop to write down lines.
Final note: Such an amazing debut novel! I’m recommending this to anyone who enjoys contemporary books. I ordered a copy for my personal library, and can't wait to re-read this beauty over and over again.
The main character, Sloane, loves Hawaii too, but her enjoyment is hampered by nursing the emotional wounds -- and the literal physical injury -- that came out of a shocking betrayal by her boyfriend and her best friend. There are romantic, friendship, and family complications that weave together, bringing Sloane a panorama of highs and lows. One of the most powerful parts of this novel, which relates to almost all of these complex dynamics, is the way it explores the meaning and difficulty of forgiveness.
Romance, thoughtful explorations of difficult relationships, and fireworks over Waikiki -- what more could a reader ask for?
When she learns that her best friend is pregnant with her boyfriend’s baby, Sloane uses a summer trip to Hawaii to distract her from their betrayal. However texts and voicemails are constant reminders of the mess she left behind making it difficult for her to enjoy a new romance.
Librarians will find a market for this book among readers who enjoy teen angst, romance, and complex friendships. Well-rounded characters and engaging plot twists make this a page-turner for teens who enjoy realistic fiction. Better than the standard romance fare, this work of contemporary fiction addresses issues of deception and forgiveness head-on.
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Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.