by Jill Hathaway
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
Buy the book: Slide, Imposter
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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.
At a Glance:
A contemporary book with a slightly paranormal twist- the main character can go into other’s bodies. It was a very easy quick read and it a decent storyline and a unique mystery.
There really wasn’t much action in this book. Ya, you knew about murders, but it was a mystery, not an action story.
This book had a small crush in it. It wasn’t focused on romance, but there was enough throughout it to make me feel those happy “Ah, they like each other!” thoughts of happiness for a couple brief moments.
The main character, Vee, was pretty cool. I liked her a lot and I thought she was brave to face some stuff no one would want to deal with- taking care of her sister who was best friends with murder victim, dealing with her dad who is semi-absent, not having a mom, and trying to fix the relationship with her best friend. All while randomly getting glimpses into different people’s lives, which was horrible because of what she saw.
I wish Vee was a little more trusting in some ways, and a little less trusting in others, actually, just more confrontational. Like, she could have told her younger sister her story, so that she little sister might wise-up. Or she should try to figure out what is going on with her best friend and tell her dad what she really feels.
But maybe that is why I liked her, she wasn’t normal and wasn’t perfect. And besides, she still figures life out.
Favorite Supporting Character:
It is hard to say without unveiling the end of the story, but most of the other characters were, well, fine. I didn’t love Sophie, but I loved the way Vee loved her. I thought Zane was a good crush, and the best friend was a decent guy and the dad was real enough.
Something I loved:
Like I said, I thought Vee was a really well-written character and her special ability to slide was pretty cool. And I appreciated that I didn’t figure out the murderer early on, that Slide at least kept me guessing.
Something I hated:
Slide already had a strike against because I am not usually fascinated with contemporary YA. But I got over the drama of teens backstabbing each other. What I cannot get over was how completely randomly and unbelievably the story ended. It was just so far-fetched. I just kept thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding me! Really?”
Would I recommend it?
Sure, especially for those who like contemporary, mysteries, or light thrillers and paranormal books.
Book 2, IMPOSTER comes out TODAY 3-26-13!
There is underage drinking and bullying, mention of affairs, alluding to bulimia, and a character tells the story of when she was almost date-raped.
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