Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Author: Jill Hathaway
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Age Group: Teen
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 3 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

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.


3 out of 5

3 out of 5

My Thoughts

You guys, I’ve been stuck in the most awful book slump.  I want to read, but I can’t find anything that fits.  Literally today (Sunday) I started reading 6 different books, and couldn’t get past the first few chapters.  It was so frustrating because I WANTED to read, and I NEEDED to read as well, so I would have reviews for the blog.  I usually dedicate Sundays to reading like crazy, so I was hunting for something to read, and I felt like I wasn’t going to find anything.  Then I stumbled upon Slide, and ebook I got from Amazon when it was on special for free a week or two before.  And finally I found something that I could focus on!  Slide was exactly what I was looking for, even though I wasn’t madly in love with it.

Slide is Vee’s story, and it’s told from her point-of-view.  And Vee has a special ability, although no one knows about it.  She’s been diagnosed with Narcolepsy, but when she passes out she slides into other people’s bodies.  Of course, she’s not thrilled with this, and it forces her to keep a distance from everyone.  But when she slides into someone’s mind, and sees her sister’s best friend lying in a pool of bed, she knows this friend hasn’t committed suicide, like the police late decide.  She tries to figure out what’s going on, as well as deal with her personal relationships with her sister, her father, and her friends.

So I liked Vee, although I can’t say I connected with her completely.  I liked how she was determined to do what was right, and how she stepped up to the plate to help her sister when their father was at work .  I did get a little frustrated with her relationship with Rollins (her best friend), but, for the must part, I could understand where she was coming from.  I was rooting for her, and I wanted her to succeed, but I wasn’t emotionally connected.

The secondary characters are fairly well-developed, and (with the exception of Scotch . . . and maybe Samantha, although I think there might be a little more to her) no one was really stereotypical.  Even some of the characters you didn’t love pretty much had some redeeming aspects.  I particularly love Vee’s sister, Mattie, even if she was a bit focused on being popular.  I also liked Rollins, although he didn’t have as much screen time as I might have liked.  He just seemed to have Vee’s back, and who doesn’t like a character like that?

Slide is basically a mystery, with some paranormal bits thrown in.  We never learn why Vee has this special ability, but maybe in other books it’s addressed.  The mystery is decent, but it was pretty easy to see where it’s going.

Slide was exactly what I needed.  Something fairly simple, but with a few fantastical elements.  For the most part, set in reality.  If you’re fans of Gemma Halliday’s Deadly Cool Series, or the Clarity Series by Kim Harrington, I think you would like Slide.  I can’t say I’m going to be rushing out to read more Jill Hathaway books, but I’m not avoiding them, either.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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4 Responses to Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

  1. I agree with you about Slide, thought it was a really interesting idea, but I don’t know if I’m going to read the sequel. There seemed to be way too many issues thrown in at times….What struck me most I think, was a line about suicide having a sort of domino effect. I can’t remember the quote exactly, (it’s been a few years!) but it was in the scene when they were in the car. I thought this was an idea that could have been explored more within the story. Great review! 😀

  2. HOLLY says:

    This sounds really good, especially when I’m in the mood to read fantasy but not too fantasy. I have slumps like that all the time- I’ll go days without reading, and then I’ll find that one book and read it all at once…. in a way, the lost time sort of ends up making up for itself. 🙂

  3. LilysBookBlog says:

    I know what you mean about the reading slump, I went through one so similar a few months ago and then I just quite blogging for a month and a half to really focus on myself. I’m back to blogging now and i’ve read some pretty kick ass books but I haven’t read anything MIND BLOWING in so long that has me a hundred percent completely hooked. i like the synopsis of this one and even if you only gave it three stars the plot seems pretty interesting. I’ll probably be checking this one out. 🙂

    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

  4. Ugh. Book slumps are the worst! I went through an epic slump last month that I was afraid I would never crawl out of. I did, thankfully, but I always dread them. I remember seeing this book around what seems like forever ago, but never picked it up. It does sound intriguing and I love YA mystery. Even though it doesn’t sound like a perfect read, it does sound interesting…and you gotta love books that pull you out of a rut. Great review!

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