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 her best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand 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 come by 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.
True rating: 3.5 Stars
If there’s one aspect of Summer of Sloane I can gush about without reservation, it’s that it is a quick and fun read. I wasn’t even trying to finish it quickly, and I still managed to read it in less than twelve hours. I was hooked from the very first chapter and couldn’t wait to see what happened to Sloane McIntyre after she learns about her boyfriend (and best friend) betraying her in the worst possible way.
I took away a star and a half from my rating because I found a lot of the characters one-dimensional and unrealistic. Mick was so incredibly selfish and whiny, and her little speech at the end made me wonder if she’d ever really been Sloane’s friend. The fact that she and Tyler both were practically harassing Sloane and trying to blame her for their mistakes was completely unbelievable. Sloane’s mom was the stereotypical “cool” mom, the kind who buys her teenaged kids everything in sight, including alcohol, and lives in an extravagant mansion on the beach. I didn’t understand why Finn’s dad was such a jerk. The ending also didn’t really resolve a good deal of the plot. If this is part of a series, that’s fine, but if it’s meant to be a standalone that’s a problem.
That being said, this book is the perfect summer read. Most of the book takes place in Hawaii, which gives this heartrending story a beautiful exotic setting, and despite the issues I mentioned above, I really did connect with Sloane and care about what happened to her. I’ll be interested to read more of Ms. Schneider’s work, for sure.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.