Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Our Rating: 5
Goodreads Rating: 4.08
This Book in a Song: Octahate by Ryn Weaver & 22 by Taylor Swift (matches except the characters aren’t 22 hahaa)
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.
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.
Sloane McIntyre’s life is thrown for a curveball when she learns that her boyfriend, Tyler, slept with her best friend, Mick, who she’s known since she was two. Not only that, but Mick also happens to be in a delicate situation with Tyler. Besides having an asthma attack and a few other unfortunate situations that ensue after hearing this, Sloane handles it pretty well. Well, as well as someone could given the circumstances. What helps is that she and her twin brother, Penn, get to go to Hawaii, to spend the summer with their mom and stepdad.
Hawaii turns out to be the perfect escape. She reconciles with old friends, and even meets some new ones. Things are already starting to look up for her. It gets even better when she meets Finn McAllister, and they seem to click together from the very start.
Unfortunately, it just seems as if Sloane is just a magnet for unfortunate situations.
I loved Summer of Sloane so incredibly much. The characters weren’t shallow people, but were very complex. Although not everyone got a happy ending in the end, it only made it more realistic.
Schneider had me engaged with this book from the very first lines. Really. It had such an interesting attention getter and it only made me want to know read more. I seriously could not put this book down. What was really great about the story was that it always kept me on my toes. There was never a dull moment, and there were so many moments where I had to reread it again and again to make sure I read it right. All of the twists only enhanced the story. There were so may amazing aspects of the book, and I’ll name a couple!
First off, Sloane McIntyre. Sloane had it tough right from the beginning, which makes her more realistic. She’s one of those characters that you cheer for and hope everything works out for them. There were so many times were she could’ve broken down, and given in to answering just one of Mick’s or Tyler’s texts/emails/letters, but she held out. She was so determined to make it her summer, and I admire her for that. It’s not easy to go from being best friends with someone to being, well, not anymore. Sloane wasn’t a superficial character; she had a purpose – to cleanse herself of the negative things that were happening at home. With the help of her friends she did just that. Although she encountered some difficult – and ironic – things in Hawaii, it was nothing she couldn’t handle.
On to Sloane and Finn McAllister. I knew Finn was the right one for Sloane from the very start! His personality complimented Sloane’s, and he was exactly what Sloane needed. I loved watching their feelings for each other progress. Finn and Sloane both have baggage that they’ll always have to carry around with them, but they are quick to accept the other. Finn was the rock Sloane needed in her life, and this happened to go both ways.
All in all, if your looking for a quick and adorable summer-themed contemporary read, Summer of Sloane is exactly what you’re looking for.
*I received an eARC of SUMMER OF SLOANE from Netgalley/Publishers in exchange for an honest review*