Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Total Pages: 291
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.
Hawaii has my heart. I have not encountered a more magical place, nor a place where I felt so carefree and wonderful. The beauty and uniqueness of the land are breathtaking, and the people who live HI are welcoming, friendly, and as down to earth as someone can possibly get. They love their lives, they respect where they live, and they’re so damn happy all the time. They care little for the luxuries of life and don’t dwell on things that don’t matter. They live in swimsuits and their apartments and cars are full of sand because that’s just life. You’re probably wondering why I’m rambling on about Hawaii so much. Well I’ll tell you! This is the perfect setting for this book, and one of the big factors of why I loved it so much. When Sloane’s life starts to unravel and she needs to get away for a fresh start, there couldn’t have been a better place than Hawaii. Having experienced Hawaii myself, I found myself connecting with this book in a way that I’m not sure others could or did. It made the story that much more relatable for me, that much more alive!
Me at the top of Koko Head Crater in Honolulu.
The setting wasn’t the only thing I found relatable, I also connected with Sloane and what she was going through. Way back in my crazier days, I dealt with a lot of the same situations that Sloane endured with Tyler. Fractured hand? Yep, had that (stupid boys). Nonstop communication attempts? Ahh, yup. Unwanted guest appearing out of nowhere? Yeah, dealt with that too. Having gone through similar situations, it made me understand Sloane as a character, and appreciate where her attitude and actions came from. I also enjoy what a genuine and real character she was. I respect that after dealing with betrayal, instead of moping and diving into the alluring and deep pool that is self-pity, Sloane instead takes life by the balls and focuses on herself and making herself happy. She was a strong, likable character that I enjoyed watching grow throughout the story.
Enter Finn, the perfectly handsome summer distraction. While that is what Sloane considers him at the beginning, their relationship turns into so much more and it was fun to read. Falling in love over the summer – awesome. Falling in love over the summer in Hawaii – even more awesome! Finn’s story is heartbreaking, but together he and Sloane grow and help each other pick up the pieces that are their messy lives. Nothing about their relationship was easy, there were plenty of bumps and miscommunications along the way, but I liked that, it made their relationship real.
While I’ll admit that the majority of my enjoyment from this book is because it’s a light, summery read that takes place in a kick ass setting, there are some hidden gem lessons tucked between the pages. The biggest one for me being that it’s easy to hold a grudge and very hard to forgive, but that holding a grudge can cost you immensely, and you never know what you’re missing out on just because you can’t or won’t forgive. Speaking personally, I haven’t always been the best at forgiving people. I’m very good at holding grudges, it’s sort of like a super power for me, but this book made me think about that what if of it, and what things would be like if I wasn’t holding the grudge. Pretty eye opening, and something that I’m going to think about each time I hold onto anger.
Final thoughts for this book: I WANNA GO BACK TO HAWAII, LIKE YESTERDAY. And…another character named Penn! YASSS! I absolutely adore this name, so that made me very happy.
What were your thoughts on the realisticness of this book? I thought this was pretty realistic, nothing too insane. What do you think?