Summer of Sloane is a cute contemporary that took normal cliches and made them even crazier than normal. Let me give you two examples- don’t worry, they’re not really spoilers.
First, Sloane’s best friend and her boyfriend hook up behind her back. What horrible people- am I right? Not only that, but it turns out that they weren’t very careful…Yes, you read that correctly. Something unexpected came out of that brief hookup, and it wasn’t just Sloane’s wrath. It turns out that the lovely best friend *sarcasm* is pregnant.
After that bombshell is dropped, what do you think the protagonist did? Did you happen to say…go on a life changing adventure? If so, you’d be right. She moved to Hawaii for the summer.
So yes, this was a cliche filled YA novel, but honestly, there was so much more. Summer of Sloane is a book that shows the ups and downs of a teenage life, and how to recover after heartbreak. It shows the power of friendship, and the power of lies.
The one thing I didn’t love about the book was one conflict near the end- it just wrapped up way too nicely. I mean, there were chapters dedicated to this conflict and it ended with 1-2pages of talking? That was it? It was a bit disappointing and not realistic.
Overall I enjoyed the book and it was a quick & fun read. . I would recommend it to contemporary lovers. Also, this is definitely an older YA book- news flash, there are mentions of mature topics that might not be great for young readers. I give it 3.5/5stars.
About the Author
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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