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Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Release date: May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
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.
“But right now, the next few months are all about you, all about the fun you’re going to have… It’s all about the summer of Sloane!”
This book was just so perfect and fun to read! I was expecting a light summer read, but it was so much more than that. Yeah, it has nice beaches and romance, but it’s also about healing, forgiveness and dealing with the consequences of your mistakes.
So, the book begins with seventeen year old Sloane having her world utterly destroyed when her best friend forever confesses that she is pregnant and the father is Sloane’s boyfriend. In an effort to escape all of the drama, Sloane and her twin brother Penn spend the summer in Hawaii with their mom.
I just want to say that I really, REALLY liked Sloane. She’s the type of teenager I wish I was. I was so impulsive and without really meaning to always took things so personally. Besides her little slip-up at the start of the book (the girl has a nasty right hook) she handles things in a rather mature way. Instead of responding to all the texts, emails and phone calls from her friend and boyfriend back home, Sloane ignores them and instead decides to focus on herself.
A summery book wouldn’t be complete without a little romance and this comes in the form of Finn, a handsome and outgoing young man who supports Sloane to find her own happiness. What I liked was that it was love at first sight. They were obviously attracted to each other, but the relationship develops slowly over chance meetings and later dates. A love triangle in attempted between Sloane, Finn and her ex-boyfriend, but her choice is pretty obvious.
A huge part of why I liked this book was down to Erin Schneider’s writing style. It was natural and believable. Sometimes teenagers don’t sound like teenagers. Their language, the way the discussed tough issues – it didn’t read as forced or trying too hard.
The only issue I had? Where the hell are the parents? Yes, it’s a novel told through the point of view of teenagers, but Sloane’s mom was never around. You would think that not seeing her kids throughout the year would have her at least try to be home more. And Finn’s family? What kind of parents leaves their teenaged children alone at a hotel? I mean, yes sometimes this does happen, but it was a bit strange for Sloane’s mom only to show up to give some well placed advice and then disappear.
Overall, this is the book you NEED to read this summer! Once you start reading it I promise that you won’t be able to put it down!