Author: Erin L. Schneider
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published: May 3, 2016
Retail Price: $17.99 US
Page Count: 304
Received: Won in Giveaway
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.
What I Liked:
There was passion within these characters that I’m glad the author made such young people have. People think teenagers are silly misbehaving kids who have nothing better to do in life but really, some can have lots of emotion for things they care about. All the characters who had gone through certain things (Sloane, Penn, Tyler, Finn, Mia, etc.) all cared about something so much, that they would do whatever it took to fix it.
Yes, some may say the drama in this was over dramatic and that the characters were childish but 1) they are teens, you have to portray them appropriately in contemporary novels for it to be anywhere near realistic fiction and 2) can you blame them from some of things they’ve gone through? I have no reason to think that Sloane or any of the characters acted “childish” but I don’t think it is when all of the situations were so serious.
If you need to learn to live for yourself, read this book. I was motivated and inspired by what morals this book gave off. What I also enjoyed with this was that family was a big impact on this story. The first person to give Sloane advice on living for herself is her mom. Her dad and brother also play so much into the plot. I rarely see a good family aspect of support that it was really refreshing and nice to read about a family who truly loves each other no matter what.
If you have not read this book yet, do not continue. Spoilers ahead.
Memento Vivere. It means “remember to live” and what could be more inspiring than that. Sloane even gets it tattooed on herself as a constant reminder. That’s a good example of a non-stupid tattoo. This book had a lot to do with believing in yourself that you can get past bad times with help, remembering to live, and doing things for yourself. There is a beautiful quote about it that I just can’t get over:
“everyone is responsible for their own actions and it’s ultimately up to that person on what it is they want to do. We all have a choice, so what are you going to do?” (268).
It is so true! Everyone, read it again and evaluate it. It means a lot, doesn’t it?
Aside from the serious stuff, man did I love Finn. Not only was he a beautiful boy, he was a beautiful character. I’m so glad he stuck around with Sloane unless her summer might of sucked. He gave her a reason to move on from Tyler’s betrayal. He also cared for Sloane a lot, which makes me team Slinn all the way. With Finn though, came the other side of the family aspect, the bad side of neglect and basically hatred. But its needed, because no family is perfect and this was a very dramatic, but good way to show that.
I hate to admit this, but I actually ended up liking Tyler. Yes, he had made a bad decision having sex with Sloane’s best friend. But when Sloane needed him the most when she flew back to Seattle, he was there for her. I learned to forgive Tyler as slowly (but surely) Sloane did. This leads me into…
Character development! You almost don’t see it in this book because there was a tad bit of back-and-forth learning, but it was there. I feel it happened quick in the story but it played out as a learning experience through the whole story.
What I Didn’t Like:
Although it seemed like I loved so much that there seems there is nothing I couldn’t hate (because that is mainly true) there was some things, or should I say people, I could not stand. Those two are McKinley and Finn’s father. Wow these two were such a**holes, and for really not much of a reason. The way Mick acted when Sloane and Tyler saw her in the hospital was so disrespectful. How dare she treat Sloane that way after what she did to Sloane? And Finn’s father, Mr. McAllister, how dare he be rude to his other two children just because his most prized son had passed? That’s so appalling that he’d act that way towards his children who have had enough of a rough family life.
Wow that’s really all I didn’t like *nervous laughter*.
“‘everyone is responsible for their own actions and it’s ultimately up to that person on what it is they want to do. We all have a choice, so what are you going to do?'” – pg. 268
“‘it’s all about the summer of Sloane!'” – pg. 36
“I sink under the water with all intentions of drowning myself.” – pg. 57
“I guess if he doesn’t like me as is, then it’s his loss.” – pg. 111
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