Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Book: Slide by Jill Hathaway  
Release Date:  March 27th, 2012 by Balzer + Bray   
Pages: 250 pages  
Source: Library Copy

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 distant lately, 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.

Slide was actually pretty good. Its narration was easy to follow and it was a quick read. Vee's thoughts were (mostly) reasonable, which I enjoyed.

The few problems I had with Vee were minor. At one scene, I questioned her responsibility because she had bribed her own younger sister with alcohol. I felt like this set a bad example for some readers, but that could just be my opinion. Other readers might not view it as such big mistake.

Also, there was Vee's relationship with Zane. It was too insta-love and I didn't like it at all. The two barely talk throughout the book yet they "love" each other. After about a month or so, the two declare that they are in love, which I think is quite a stretch. I personally think that Vee would have been a better couple with Rollins, her guy best friend.

In addition to that, Slide is a mystery book, but I also felt like the ending (where Sophie's murderer was revealed) was a stretch as well. With the way things played out, this could have been a soap opera. It wasn't realistic and I personally didn't like it.

Overall, Slide was an entertaining read. Vee had her own flaws, but she wasn't an annoying character. The insta-love with Zane was the biggest problem, as he was a really flat character. The mystery could have also played out better with more subtle hints in the story. I really like the type of mystery book that drop hints within the story so subtly that if you look back, you would notice it, but if you read quickly, you wouldn't see it all. Sadly, Slide wasn't one of those books. It was just a quick, fun read with some mystery into it.

Final Rank

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Slide was good, but it wasn't amazing. It was an enjoyable read but there wasn't anything special to it. I'm keeping my eyes out for the sequel, but it's not one of those books that would be very memorable. I would, however, recommend it if you're looking for a quick easy read.

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