My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Drama, Family, Romance
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.
I couldn’t resist this book. Have you seen that cover? Read that synopsis? At the mention of Hawaii, how can one just turn their head away?
That’s right, Hawaii is the main setting of SUMMER OF SLOANE.
Sloane is part Hawaiian. Since her parents divorced and her mother left for her native state, she and her mom have drifted apart, despite her mom trying hard to stay connected.
But this summer, everything is about to change! Little did she know, Sloane would lose both her best friend and boyfriend the day before her departure.
Indeed, indeed, the drama Llama definitely makes its apparition in SUMMER OF SLOANE. It’s one of the main casts, actually, appearing everywhere and all the time.
However, drama is to be expected when one is dealing with such a heavy-hearted, serious and important subject. Cheating is never easy on anyone. And Miss Schneider looks at it in many ways.
Sloane doesn’t magically know what to do when she learns Mick slept with her boyfriend, Tyler. She’s angry, hurt, confused and very, very lost. It takes time for her to deal with everything, which is why Hawaii is the right place for her to be right now.
I’ll admit it, some parts don’t seem to come naturally. It was especially unrealistic for so many other people in Sloane’s life to share their ‘‘cheating story.’’ It felt like they only had one for the sake of teaching Sloane a lesson.
SUMMER OF SLOANE, though, is an enjoyable beach read or summer read. Hell, read this during winter if you wish; it will make you feel warmer. And did I mention Hawaii? Alooooha.
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