Monday, December 5, 2011
Slide by Jill Hathaway
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.
"Jill Hathaway provides a fresh, vibrant voice to young adult literature. Skillfully filled with drama and tension, SLIDE is part mystery, part romance, and wholly engaging with its strong heroine and tornado-worthy twists. I simply could not put this book down." ~Laurie Stolarz, DEADLY LITTLE SECRET
"Heartbreaking and heart-pounding at the same time! A wonderful, intense story, SLIDE had me hooked from the first moment Vee slid into someone else's mind. I stayed up way too late because I had to see how it ended." ~Cynthia Hand, UNEARTHLY.
hmm..my usual complaints of predictability, of having unnecessary elements and of telling rather than showing apply to slide.
vee slides into others consciousness... intriguing at first but not as properly executed as i would have liked. the girl simply had a tendency to jump to conclusions; to be led around too easily, quickly. given a set of facts, she always went to the obvious. which is sadly, unbelievable because looking at the whole thing, i could tell who the real culprit was chapters before the end.
i say unnecessary: a number of things: from her father's heartache of not quite living up to his own standards of perfection. to zane's falling for her. or to her sudden ability to not just slide into another but (view spoiler) while i saw no purpose in the last two, the first bit did make a little sense as it set up everything else that did take place... i just didn't buy any of it.
the one thing i did buy was vee's relationship with sophie. if at first there's resentment, events allow for no other outcome but for vee to become protective. that change was understandable and something i could relate to. their relationship was not an easy one... and that was fine with me.
to reiterate, it's an intriguing concept, but it's just not that well executed. from the love interest to the too easily placed blame to the real culprit behind it all... too many elements that did not quite pull together in the end.