May SST: Summer of Sloane by Erin L Schneider Review + Giveaway!!!

Posted May 29, 2016 by Nori in Book Reviews, Giveaway, Street Team / 9 Comments

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REVIEW

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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9 responses to “May SST: Summer of Sloane by Erin L Schneider Review + Giveaway!!!

  1. I saw that you’d recommend it to contemporary lovers, but what about someone like me who struggles to get into contemporary books and is very picky with them? (I do love Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and all of Katie McGarry’s books that I have read.) Do you think I would like it? Initially I passed by this book, but have been hearing a lot about it, so I’m second guessing myself.

    • I’d probably suggest that you find a different contemp if you’re not a huge fan of contemps in general. I definitely enjoyed it, but it’s not one of my all time favorites.

  2. I really like it when novels contain what may seem like obvious and popular tropes, but actually turn them on their head and create something entirely new out of them. It’s something I always really enjoy seeing in books, especially in contemporary, where some tropes seem to be in every book.

    The Summer of Sloane sounds really interesting, especially since it’s in a setting that isn’t very widely used in YA. I love reading about places I’ve never been to, so the Hawaii aspect would be awesome to read about!

    It’s a shame you felt like the conflict was wrapped up to neatly and quickly, but I’m glad you enjoyed this one overall, Nori!

    • SAME HERE! I love it when I go into a novel expecting certain tropes, and the author somehow manages to take the concept and turn it into something unique. It really doesn’t happen often.

      I hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it!

  3. Yay, I’m glad you liked this one Nori.

    While I loved the character development that Sloane goes through in Hawaii, I wasn’t fond of the ending either. I wanted to SEE more action, not get TOLD that things happened and got sorted out through dialogue! And another little bit was the fact that ALMOST ALL the characters in this book either cheated, was cheating on, or was ASSUMED to be cheating on another character. Like can these teens get a grip? So while I thought the excessive use of cheating was unnecessary, it still made for a fun and light beach read.

    Awesome review!

    • I completely agree with what you said- in terms of the romance, there was a lot of cheating (which wasn’t great), but overall it definitely made for a cute summer read.

  4. I wasn’t too interested in this novel so I skipped over it… and I don’t think I am interested now either. I think I would be really annoyed by the situation, the horrible people and just the set up. I’m sure greatness follows afterwards but I think I would struggle too much through the beginning.

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