When you mix in a little bit of mystery, a little bit psychological, a little bit realistic, a little bit of romance, a little bit of paranormal, a little bit of originality, and a little bit of predictability, what you get is Slide, by Jill Hathaway. A book geared towards teens, and older, is set to be pleasing. Granted, it won’t be a book millions flock to read, but it will be a book that sits nicely between the big guys. It’s pleasing in its own right. Slide is thoroughly enjoyable.

Ringing in at fewer than 300 pages, Slide is a quick, yet fun, read. It slides (no pun intended) readers from one scene to the next. Although MC (main character) Sylvia (Vee) Bell is an ultra-cool chick, she’s also one with real problems. In a world where most books are full of bad parents, Slide is just full of a family who loves one another, yet doesn’t know how to express it. Many, many, people can relate to this. It was an aspect I really liked with this book. It was real. It was honest. It was a nice story arc that moved the mystery/paranormal from one page into the next.

The main plot that carries this book is the psycho-thriller /paranormal scenes. Having been diagnosed a narcoleptic, Vee is used to passing out. However, when she passes out she’s able to slide into another person’s mind. What the what? I found myself asking, but it does play well overall. The best part of this book is the who-done-it murder mystery. It’s a mouthful, yet a tasty one. After Vee’s sister’s best friend, Sophie, is found dead. It’s classified a suicide. However, Vee knows it wasn’t. Sophie was murdered, and Vee was there. On that terrible night, Vee was in the mind of the murderer. Hold the phone!

Overwhelmed with this terrible secret, it’s up to Vee to decide what to do. Should she risk going to the police, or have everyone forever believe that Sophie killed herself? I’ll leave the answer inside the pages, but it turns out nicely… or does it?

Overall, Slide is an enjoyable book. The plot and character development wasn’t rushed. It was paced nicely. There is a little irritation that another book throws out a potential love triangle in the mix. I’m getting tired of seeing these in every YA book; however, I loved the ending. Such a cute one.

I say give this one a read!

Book Blurb for Slide

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 3.50