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I Belong

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Title: Slide

Author: Jill Hathaway

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Slide (Book 1)

Publication Date: March 27, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 250 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062077902 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062077905 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Michelle


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.

Quick & Dirty: A fast-paced young adult mystery with a paranormal spin, filled with wonderful characters, a complex plot, and heart-breaking twists. If you like murder mysteries, this book is for you.

Opening Sentence: I’m slumped at my desk, fighting to keep my eyes open.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Jill Hathaway introduced me to Sylvia “Vee” Bell, a heroine with a special ability. Perceived to be narcolepsy, Vee has the ability to slide into other people’s minds, living their lives for a temporary moment. With the touch of any object that holds an excessive emotional connection, Vee can slide into that person without a moment’s notice, witnessing what they are doing and without any control over their bodies. Because of this ability, she has been casted as an outsider, shunned by former friends, and has brought her down in the ranks of the high school social ladder.

The first few pages gave me a glimpse of what Vee went through and introduced me to who she was as a character. She is a survivor, of more than just high school antics, but also growing strength from her daily ordeals. Vee not only has to deal with her ability, but also has to keep the peace at home. Her mother died when she was young, her father is a famous surgeon, and her sister is living her former life with cheerleading and the in-crowd.

On a random night, normal like many others, Vee slides into an unknown mind. She sees her friend, one who has been having a lot of problems lately, but observes something very wrong. Vee sees her friend in a pool of blood, and the mind she has slipped into is holding the knife that killed her friend. Only Vee can solve the mystery, but who will believe her when she does?

Hathaway has developed Vee into a character like none other. Her voice is mature for her age, and she wasn’t knee deep in high school clichés. Vee is intuitive, a fast-thinker, and is a likeable character. The other characters are the ever-so elusive males of the story. You have Rollins, Vee’s long time and loyal friend. He is distant and has his own secrets, definitely with a sense of foreboding. I have mixed feelings about Rollins. When Vee needed him the most, he started to pull away. Luckily, Zane shows up. He is the new student that allows Vee to escape from her problems and reality, even for a few moments.

A mystery filled with psychological thrills and paranormal hints, Slide is much more than it is perceived. It’s like Hathaway knew that a reader’s imagination is their only barrier. Even if I thought that Slide was filled with a few superficial stereotypes, this story contains surprises at the turn of the page. To me, Hathaway filled the pages of Slide with the message that somewhere out there is something better, and for Vee, that something is worth fighting for. I enjoyed this story, save for a few pages in the conclusion, but you’ll have to read this book to find out why.

Notable Scene:

The pieces of the puzzle are scrambled in my head, mocking me. Some of the edges are jagged, some are smooth. It seems like they should fit together, but I’m missing one piece – the most important piece.

I remember last night, how I bent down at my telescope, looking through the lens, peering at the perfect stars in the clear night sky. Something had poked me in the thigh, something sharp in my pocket.

The calendar page I’d been holding when I slid.

Holy Shit.

The killer was at our house that day.

The killer…

The Slide Series:

1. Slide

2. Impostor (March 26, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Slide. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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