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Slide by Jill Hathaway

April 10th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Source: Honestly can’t recall where I got this one from

Publication date: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

This book was really hard for me to rate and I waffled between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating.  I read it in one day because I really got into the story but there were a lot of little things that really bothered me too.

Vee and her condition fascinated me.  It is hard to imagine what life must be like when you have to try and avoid anything that someone might have formed an emotional bond with or run the risk of finding yourself in their mind.  Then to add to her troubles her mother has died, her father spends more time rescuing the lives of children of strangers than with his own children and she has to step in and take the mother figure for her younger sister.

My favorite character in the book was by far Rollins.  He was enigmatic, totally crush worthy and is obviously hiding something about his home life that keeps the reader intrigued through out the book.  I loved how protective of Vee he was and could not believe Vee never realized his true feelings for her.  It’s a total cliche relationship but I still loved it.

What I didn’t care for was first off never finding out just what Vee’s condition stems from, did she inherit it from someone?, it seems to be progressing faster and faster in strength but why?, etc.  I really was hoping for something more about it to give some hint of what’s to come.

The suspects was another thing that bothered me.  Every suspect was predictable and it was pretty easy to tell who the killer would be in the end.

The last thing that bugged me was the secret Vee’s dad was hiding and how that is resolved.  It seemed too easy and I found it hard to believe everything would be forgiven so easily.

Still the fact that I couldn’t put it down should speak for itself.  It’s one of those books that just read it for the sheer fun of it but don’t over analyze it.

And since I’m such a cover sucker check out some of these international covers of Slide:

Slide by Jill Hathaway German Cover

German Cover

Slide by Jill Hathaway Hungarian Cover

Hungarian Cover

See more international covers over at Jill’s blog: Jill Scribbles.

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