Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider [ARC Review]
Genre: YA novel, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 3 2016
Format: I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
You can preorder the book in either kindle format or a hardcover book here: http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Sloane-Erin-L-Schneider-ebook/dp/B018YIJEFQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1461720950&sr=8-1
Ok, so I know I said that I wouldn’t post anything this week because I have to study but I noticed that I had to get this review up before May 3rd (when the book is being released) and I worked during lunch for the past couple of days and got the review done. I may or may not work later this week to finish another review so keep your eye peeled for that (or just sign up for my newsletter).
Summary from Netgalley:
Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.
These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she'd be spending at her mom's home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.
Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there's no reason Sloane shouldn't enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn't always play by the rules, she knows he's the perfect distraction from everything that's so wrong back home.
But it turns out a measly ocean isn't nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane's carefree summer might not be as easy to come by as she'd hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.
(I did not write my own summary here because the one provided is so good and is descriptive as well)
Sloane’s life gets turned upside down when she finds out her best friend is pregnant with her (Sloane’s) boyfriend. But, this is only the beginning. Once Sloane arrives in Honolulu with her twin brother to visit her mother, she is left with a broken heart (figuratively) and a fractured hand (literally), she meets the perfect guy to distract her from all the voicemails, text messages and emails from her ex best friend and ex boyfriend that seem unavoidable.
The book starts right before Mick, Sloane’s best friend tells her that she’s pregnant. As soon as the words are out of her mouth and into the open, the reader knows that there’s about to be a lot of drama and a lot of twists and turns can be taken. And can I say, there were so many things that happened.
One of the main reasons that I requested this book is because the description talked about a ‘relaxing’ vacation in Hawaii and I love reading about romances in the summer (something about it just makes me feel like I can also find my own romance as summer is approaching). Sloane had her summer planned out, only to have it ruined in one sentence from her friend, “I’m pregnant.”
I think that Sloane won’t be the most relatable person to most people who will read the book but during the time that I was reading it (a couple of weeks ago), I was going through a lot of things that made me feel like my life was at its absolute worst. After reading this book however, I saw that my life could be a lot worse and I could connect to a lot of the feelings that Sloane was going through. I have not read a lot of books where the author has made that feeling possible so that was absolutely astounding.
The characters are all very dynamic and deep, making them more real people (like, 3-D) instead of just words on a page. We can see their mistakes and their vulnerability, which are all qualities for an amazing character in a novel.
There are quite a few instances where sex is mentioned it and is implied to have taken occurence but other than these mentions of it, nothing else really happens in detail.
Now you shouldn't judge a book by the cover but initially I thought that the cover was slightly misleading. Once completing the book, I understood how the cover related to part of the storyline and how important it was. I will refrain from telling you why in order to avoid telling spoilers. (Basically the moral of this is that the book is amazing and so is the cover.) I love all the different colors on the cover. My interpretation is that all the colors are blurred together because of all the confusion Sloane is going through, trying to pick up all the pieces of her life and fit them back together again.
I give the book a 9/10. I really recommend this book to literally, everyone (well, ages 14 and up). The book kept moving pretty quickly but overall I didn't feel rushed at all I've never heard of this author before but she is really good writer and I really want to read more books by her. This is being published very soon (May 3rd, which is just next Tuesday) and this should be a great summer read so go and preorder a copy now!
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