Published by Balzer + Bray on 3/27/2012
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal Fiction, Young Adult
Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.\r\nVee 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.\r\nVee 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.\r\nEnmeshed 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.
Slide is a little hard to rate, but if you can suspend reality a little bit for a good story, I think you’ll like it. It is unique from every other novel I’ve read, across all genres and I really enjoyed it. It was interesting and clever at page 1 and even better, Jill Hathaway doesn’t lose you through the novel. The concept is nothing short of amazing to me: a teenage girl, Vee, who is mistakenly diagnosed with narcolepsy by health professionals, slips into an unconscious state and her mind “slides” into that of another person, IF she happens to be touching something the other person “imprinted” on. Hathaway writes these episodes brilliantly and the reader is never left confused whether they are in Vee’s head or the other person’s. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this aspect of the story, it was completely fascinating. That’s also where it fell a little short for me: it is hinted strongly throughout SLIDE that Vee’s ability is hereditary, however Hathaway doesn’t really ever delve into why she has it and how it came to be with her when her mother passed away. I was very interested in this and it disappointed me when I didn’t get the answers I was looking for. This is why I advise suspending reality while you read it: Vee just accepts she has this ability, but never really looks into how or why. She does tell her father in the beginning (who doesn’t believe her), but overall, she just fakes the narcolepsy diagnosis and carries on with her life. I have a really hard time believing anyone would actually do that. Hathaway does a really great job keeping the reader guessing who the murderer is. I can’t tell you how many times I was REALLY SURE I knew who it was, only to have that confidence ripped away from me in the very next chapter with another twist. I love twists, they are like book roller-coasters! However, when I did get the answer, even though I was surprised, I was a little let down. It didn’t seem to flow well with the story and it felt disjointed overall. I was especially surprised at the murder accomplice in the story; it just didn’t seem like something they would do and very out of character. Hathaway’s writing in SLIDE is wonderful; she nails the YA genre very well and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters were all very likeable, and clearly, there is a story here to tell. The concept is a unique one and I had a great time reading it. I would definitely recommend this for fans of YA/SFF and thrillers.
I know there’s nothing you can say to make death okay. It is what it is.
This book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. Blurb courtesy of Goodreads. Quote may change with final copy.
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