Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3rd 2016
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.
This has to by my favorite Sunday Street Team yet! Summer of Sloane has ended up being my all time favorite summer book I’ve read to date. I want to toss glitter around this book and tell everyone how much I loved it.
Sloanes summer started off with quite a bang. Her boyfriend and best friend did the unthinkable and shattered her trust and heart in one lethal blow. These events also result in two hairline fractures in her hand. (I think you get the idea.) Now, she’s on a plane heading to her mom’s house in Hawaii to spend the summer with her brother, family and some amazing friends she sees each year. She’s left behind the drama of her life at home, and all she wants to do is enjoy the summer heat, enjoy the water and have the time of her life.
This is where I want to toss in the fact that I want to have friends who live in Hawaii so I have a reason to go visit and enjoy the amazing water and beaches. That sounds amazing!
Enter Finn – The handsome guy who lives in the Penthouse of a hotel near where she is staying. He’s her age, handsome and Distracts her from all of the drama happening back home. Finn is one of my favorite crushes this year. He makes me want to giggle and blush. He’s just so wonderful. He had his own demons he was battling when it came to his father and you see those events play out in the book. Also, he had such a strong and powerful love for his sister. He made sure to look out for her and make sure she was safe and taken care of. When Sloane started teaching her to swim, he was concerned. But along the way, he saw how Sloane approached the situation and watched as the bond between the two girls grew. That’s one of the reasons why he fell for Sloane.
The only problem is, her Ex and best friend have been trying so hard to reach her to talk. They wanted to explain why/what happened but she wanted nothing to do with it. This is the one thing you could see coming a mile away. She was trying so hard to outrun what had happened, to leave it behind. But like most things, life catches up with you. In this case, it meant her ex-boyfriend flying to Hawaii to try and speak to her in person, which causes tension between her and Finn.
I love Sloane and Finn together, about as much as I love her brother Penn with her friend Mia. These have to be two of my favorite couples of 2016. But I had my worries. As much as I loved Sloane and Finn together, I wondered if they would even end up together in the end of the book. He felt like just an escape at points and in most cases it ends up ending in the worst possible way. I didn;t want to see it crash and burn when I was sitting there rooting for them to make it till the very end!
I didn’t see what happened at the end of the book coming. Her sudden rush home made her face the challenges she had been trying to desperately to avoid. That whole situation unfolded in the way you think it would, and in the long run, I don’t know if that friendship with her best friend will ever fix itself. When a friendship is hurt as deeply as theirs, it takes a lot of time and forgiveness on both sides. Not just one.
Overall – I LOVED this book. I want to take copies of it and toss it at people and make them read it this summer. It’s a hot read (In more ways than one) and one you’re guaranteed to fall in love with like I did. If you’re looking for adventure, love, and something to keep you wanting more than you’ve found the right book for you.
Erin has been amazing to talk to on Twitter, and if you get the chance to read the book you should toss her a message and send her some serious love! She’s been fantastic reaching out to her fans and that’s one of the reasons why I love her so much! I love when an author takes the time to respond and interact with their readers. It makes us feel so amazing and fuzzy on the inside! I can’t wait to read more amazing writing from Erin in the future.
Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu – and although Hawaiian – should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.
SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion. Visit Erin online at Erin L Schneider or on Twitter: @ErinLSchneider1.
Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.
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