Author: Jill Hathaway
Publisher: Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Edition: Hardcover (250 pages)
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Cover Review: This cover is kind of cool. I love how the title is "Slide" and it appears to be sliding on the page.
Tag Line: She sees through the eyes of a killer.
Series: Slide #1
Main Character: Vee Bell
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 distant lately, 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.
Slide was a really interesting book. Our main character, Vee, has the ability to slide into others by touching an object that someone has left an emotional imprint on. Maybe it's a comic book or even a school textbook (which is horrible when it comes to school). Anyway, everyone believes that Vee has narcolepsy. She's even come clean to her father about her abilities, and he doesn't believe her at all. Vee's mother died when she was younger, so she lives with her sister Mattie and her father, who is a surgeon. Since her father's job is really tough, the girls are usually always home alone. This can be bad at times.
Mattie is really good friends with a girl named Amber, who happened to be Vee's old friend. Mattie and Amber are both cheerleaders. They're also good friends with a girl named Sophie, though one day Amber and Mattie do something that practically destroys her. I don't know what kind of people would do such a thing.
A year ago, when Vee was still friends with Amber, Vee accepted an invitation to a dance and she went with Scotch. The thing is, Amber really liked Scotch. During the dance, Vee slides and Scotch takes her body and hides it in a room and it's just the two of them. When Vee slides back, her dress is practically off and the new kid, Rollins, is fighting Scotch and telling him that he needs to stop. Since that night, Vee only hung out with Rollins and was no longer a cheerleader. She always steered clear of Scotch.
One day while in class, Vee slides into someone who has a knife. Not just any knife, a bloody knife. On a bed nearby, there's a dead girl. Vee slid into the body of a killer. The next day, everyone finds out that the girl is dead and they all believe it's suicide. The only thing is, Vee knows that it wasn't suicide. She knows that it was a murder. The only thing is, how is she going to prove it? Not only that, but more are turning up dead!
During all this, Vee also gets to know a guy named Zane, who is a new kid at school. Vee loves this because Zane knows nothing about her at all, so it's practically a fresh start.
Vee was a really entertaining character. Her transformation was what really hooked me: she went from a complete girly girl cheerleader to a somewhat goth girl who was best friends with the new kid. I didn't exactly understand her romance with Zane though. He was brand new and she had such a good friend! She should of started dating Rollins instead. That would have been so sweet. Rollins was such a nice character. He cares for many others besides himself and he's just so charming. He's really funny too. I was kind of in a love/hate relationship with Zane. He was really enjoyable in the beginning but then he got on my nerves and then I liked him again. I guess he was the most memorable character from Slide.
One thing that I absolutely loved about this book was that it was a mystery. There aren't that many mysteries out there in the young adult genre that I know of, so I greatly appreciated this. The killer is someone that you will least expect too, so be on the lookout! The ending was good and I just can't wait to read the next book. Hopefully I'll be able to purchase a copy soon enough!
Recommended for fans of:
Pretty Little Liars
The Lying Game
"People have emotional ties to books, more often than you think."
"Come on," he says. "And try to avoid the broken glass. Can't have you going to the nurse and meeting some other guy."Rating:
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