Published: May 3rd, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Source: Bought (ebook)
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.
Okay, so you look at this cover, and you read that description, and you have high hopes, right? I know I did. And for a lot of people, it sounds like those expectations were mostly met. On some levels, they were for me, too. I LOVE the setting. I mean, come on. Hawaii, right? What's not to love? Schneider does a fantastic job of giving off a tropical and summery vibe in her novel. Sloane was an awesome character who wasn't afraid to back down, and I loved that. Her relationship with her twin was cool, too. There are lots of things woven in like swimming and surfing and being afraid to do what you love, of being hurt by those who matter the most to you. It was all beautiful.
But. But. I found myself getting frustrated. A lot. Considering what Mick and Tyler had done to Sloane, that's not surprising. Of course it's frustrating. At one point Mick even calls Sloane selfish for ignoring all her texts and emails, and I wanted to scream. The hypocrisy! But it was in the last 10% or so that I really couldn't stand it anymore, and this time it wasn't related to her skeevy best friend and boyfriend. No, it was the dramatic miscommunications and misinterpretations that just wouldn't end between Sloane and Finn. It felt so over the top and ridiculous. Honestly, before that last 10% I think I would have given this 4 stars. I do, however, appreciate that everything with Tyler and Mick wasn't all wrapped up in a pretty little bow. It would have been incredibly unrealistic to me if Sloane got over everything that had happened in just three months.
Before that, though, Finn and Sloane had a relationship that was pretty enjoyable. It felt so calm and easy, and I mean that in the best way possible. It was what Sloane really needed after everything that had happened to her. And Finn wasn't perfect, either - he had his own family issues that he was dealing with, and it all made him feel more real.
But seriously, why do these kids all have parents who just let them roam around Hawaii all summer? WHY DID I NEVER HAVE A PARENT LIKE THAT? Anyway. Finn had a great relationship with his sister, however, and that was featured a lot, not just shoved aside and forgotten about.
tl;dr: Summer of Sloane certainly has an awesome summer vibe to it, full of beaches and swimming and surfing and romance. It's not just a fluffy summer read, though; there's quite a bit of substance in that Sloane is dealing with a serious betrayal from two of the people she cares about the most and how to move on from the loss of her best friend. I think it's a book that fans of contemporary will really love. But I simply found myself frustrated with the over exaggerated drama near the end, so I give it 3.5 stars.