- Title: Summer of Sloane
- Author: Erin L. Schneider
- Genre: Young Adult
- Expected Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
- Format: eARC from netgalley
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 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.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
There are parts of this book that I really enjoyed and parts that I didn’t. So I thought it would be easier to break it up in to the two sections..
I enjoyed how fun this book was! Ok – the starting wasn’t fun BUT setting it in Hawaii with hot boys, swimming, surfing, and beach hangouts made it fun! A great summer read.. it really sets the mood! It had a typical YA storyline – love lost leads to new love found – and I surprisingly didn’t find it boring considering. However, it wasn’t anything special either. It entertained enough that I kept wanting to pick it up and find out how it ends!
I Didn’t Like:
I disliked that it started off with the betrayal. Without any interaction between Mick and Mack as BFFs I had a hard time believing their friendship. Even with the reminiscing I couldn’t believe that it was that great because I couldn’t “see” it with my own eyes. Perhaps a few hangouts before the reveal would’ve been better. That could just be a personal preference though. Also, WHAT IS WITH THESE PARENTS? It’s like they don’t want to actually be parents so they indulge their kids and allow them to drink and party without caring. That really bothered me. I get that they are all around 17.. and 17-year-olds party BUT it doesn’t mean you have to act blindly to it or encourage it. The story had its share of drama but it wasn’t anything new or surprising with this genre. Misinterpreting things, overreacting, so self-centered you can’t see how it is affecting someone else, etc. It would be nice if something threw a curve in the typical plot course for this type of book..
Although it doesn’t present anything new to this genre I did end up enjoying it! It was a fun non-serious book that allowed me to get lost in it pretty easily. I so want to visit Hawaii now!!