Summer of Sloane
By: Erin L. Schneider
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Format: Print ARC
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.
Look at that cover–so summery, bright and beautiful. If you read my blog often you’ll know I’m not usually all that eager to read contemporary fiction but I was really drawn to this book because of that cover and because it was set in Hawaii. Overall, I found this novel to be immensely readable and was wonderfully inspirational to me to want to get out and enjoy the sun and water.
There were elements I didn’t love and that mostly revolved around the miscommunication towards the end of the novel. I’m sure it was completely plausible, and possibly likely, that these characters would act the way that they did but it didn’t make for the best reading experience for me. There was so much misunderstanding and lack of sharing that it was rather frustrating to me. The characters assumed so much about one another- which sadly is very true to real life (but this felt a tad exaggerated especially towards the end). I think the major reason I don’t read contemporary is that I don’t like the main issue in the book being so heavily based in reality! I prefer to escape outside of what is plausible so this is a me issue rather than a real issue with the book.
Sloane was very relatable and likeable. I felt for her very deeply and cringed, gasped and generally felt what she felt as I read. I was hurt at what happened to her and the betrayal she faced. I couldn’t imagine how awful it must feel to be hurt by two people you trust the most. I was so sad for her and angry. I commend the author for giving me the ability to feel so deeply even at the start of the novel.
The secondary characters were developed but oh did I want to throttle the majority of them rather often. Sloane’s best friend, boyfriend and new love interest, Finn, all were guilty of making me want to pull out my own hair. I was so frustrated with each of them. I did love some of the less looked at secondary characters and felt that the novel was populated with real feeling characters.
Sloane’s parents were lightly present in the novel (I’d preferred them being around a tad more) and they have their own rather shocking (at least to Sloane) reveal. This novel really encompassed such a hectic and trying time for this character it was a bit hard to read at times. I felt so bad for her. I did love the scenery and having been to Hawaii myself it was very easy for me to be there again.
I was a bit disappointed that we only ventured into the most wealthy sections of the islands though. Sloane’s mother and the majority of the people she knows are incredibly wealthy to an extreme. This allowed for some really amazing settings though- apartments with full window’s on the beach, fancy hotels and pent houses. I must admit I didn’t see that side of Hawaii (or life in general) so can’t say how realistic that aspect was.
I really enjoyed Sloane’s character and the summer sun and ocean atmosphere of Summer of Sloane though the heavy reliance on miscommunication between the characters frustrated me. The author was very capable of making me feel what her characters felt and her descriptions of Hawaii made me wish I were there. Overall I’d say this is a great summer read (especially if you can be on the beach somewhere).