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Review: SLIDE by Jill Hathaway

Posted by on February 28, 2012
Jill Hathaway
256 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: March 27th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: MEH

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.

  When you anticipate a read, you have the highest expectations for it. Unfortunately for me, whenever I have high expectations for something, it turns out a disappointment.

   Sylvia, or Vee, has narcolepsy – to the outside world. No one knows that when she supposedly falls asleep, she actually slides into another person, giving her the ability to see through their eyes. Not exactly a superpower she’s always wanted, but she can’t help but think there’s a reason for the sudden uptick in her sliding.

   When her sister’s “best friend” turns up dead in her own room, everyone calls it a suicide. But Vee knows. She was there when the murder happened.

   Slide has a synopsis to rave about. The cover is dark and enticing. All in all, the outside is like the shiniest, most scrumptious looking chocolate wrapper that you can’t wait to open.

   Until you open it. Slide has the framework of a rave-worthy novel. The characters are there, the plotline is evident, but it doesn’t have the writing to match. As HD from Reading, Writing, and Breathing, puts it “she didn’t have the execution that Lisa McMann had”. Which is true. Slide is vaguely reminiscent of Lisa McMann’s WAKE trilogy – an analogy that had me excited to pick up Jill Hathaway’s debut. Yet in the end, I wasn’t exactly satisfied. The ending was too perfect, the relationships were just too awkard and had me squirming. In a book of only 256 pages, I found some parts wholly unnecessary.

   Slide wasn’t for me. It was good in some parts, but disappointing in most. Will I be reading more from the author? Definitely. But given the chance, I would have started Slide with lower expectations, and I may have been impressed.

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  1. Oh too bad to hear this! I really enjoyed it and said it was a great mixture of the Wake trilogy and The Body Finder. Not every book can be for everyone but I really enjoyed Slide.

  2. I have been hearing a lot of mixed things about it recently. I really do want to read it, but I don't think I will go into it with high expectations. I am hoping I will be pleasantly surprised if I think of it that way. Great review.

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