Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on May 3rd 2016
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 voice mails 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 find 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.
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Summer is closely approaching. What does that mean for many? No school. Camps. Vacations and above all sleeping in like there is no care in the world. Summer of Sloane takes the reader to the beautiful island of Hawaii. I may not be able to endure the 14 hour flight that it would take for me, but I can sure read about it. The smell of the ocean and exotic flowers. I can close my eyes and imagine a place of endless beauty. However, sometimes even with the prettiest flower comes a prick of pain, a thorn. That bleeds a stream of redness that can only be captured and cleaned away with a cloth of hope.
Wow…pretty deep isn’t it. I’ll have to admit when I read the summary of this title, I didn’t expect it to go in the direction that it did. Sloane is the main character. She has a twin brother and they are headed to Hawaii to spend the summer with their mother and stepfather. However, it’s the element of pain that Sloane experiences that brings them to Hawaii for the summer. Looking forward to your senior year, should be an exciting one filled with total anticipation. Sloane’s summer begins with with a broken wrist and and a broken heart.
Summer of Sloane is totally a great beach read. One that can be easily devoured in one setting. I had a little trouble with some elements that I had to overcome. Fair warning there’s underage drinking (initially provided by the parent) sex, and texting convo’s throughout the novel that got a little bit over the top for me. I pictured Sloane as the type of girl that had a smart phone. Just block the calls and texts of your heart breaker. But then there wouldn’t be a story.
This is Erin L. Schneider’s debut novel. It’s one that surely should be picked up if you are ready to jump in the lives of teenagers and all the up and downs that come along with being one. She has developed some very strong characters. Many of which whom show growth throughout the novel. Honestly, I’m not sure if this book is expected to be a standalone, however I feel Erin has brought closure, however has left the door slightly open for more. I hope.
3 Finished Copies of SUMMER OF SLOANE (US Only)