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Saturday, May 12, 2012

"Slide" by Jill Hathaway~Winning YA Thriller!

Narcolepsy is the perfect cover for being a "slider," but is it the most socially acceptable when you're in high school and no longer a cheerleader?  I don't think so...  Vee has a hard time with her life in general; her mother recently died, her little sister has hit puberty with a vengeance and her father's a famously, oft-needed doctor.  She has no friends except a
strangely different sort of guy who seems to understand her; but with whom she can't share her "sliding."
And, then there's a murder that she just happens to know about when everyone else thinks it's a suicide, because she accidently slid into the murder's body when it happened!
This suspenseful novel by Jill Hathaway is a young adult winner by any standards.
It has the quintessentially beautiful, pink haired misfit girl, the hunky jock, cheerleaders,
goth-edged gorgeous guy, the dark stranger guy and the slightly attractive male teacher...along with the tragic
teen aged angst of suicide and parents missing by death and choice.  It's all a winning soup.
The plot is thick and good.
I loved this book for many reasons.  It's well written, it's absorbing, and
it's a cliff hanger of the old school sort.
Jill Hathaway has my attention, and I'll be looking forward to more of her books.
4 stars from me!
This is a great YA fiction/thriller which I think adult readers would also enjoy.

Particulars of the Book:

Publisher:  Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins
Pages:  187something
Genre: YA Fiction/Thriller
Author:  Jill Hathaway
Author's website:  http://jillhathaway.com

Summary :

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 distant lately, 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.

All About the Very Stylish Ms Hathaway!

Jill was born and raised in Iowa. As a child, she loved paper dolls, Archie comics, and writing. In her adolescent years, she wrote emo poetry and produced paper zines that she sold for $1 in local comic book and record stores.
Having earned her BA in English from the University of Northern Iowa and her MA in Literature from Iowa State University, she now teaches high school and community college courses in the Des Moines area. She lives with her husband and young daughter.
Jill spends her free time collecting cool gear for her blood elf paladin, watching Veronica Mars, and listening to angry grrl music.
SLIDE, her debut novel, will be released from Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins in 2012.

Here's a picture of Jill on tour!

You can buy Slide at:  Barnes & Noble
or Amazon
or at your favorite local independent book seller!

March 23, 2012
Seventeen.com/Cosmogirl reviews SLIDE, suggesting it to fans of Pretty Little Liars. They say their "jaws literally dropped" at one of the twists.



Sounds good! It's it part of a series?


Interesting question, Kathy. Only time will tell, I guess. I saw that it was listed as "Slide #1" on Goodreads, but nowhere else. And, I didn't get a clear indication from the book that we'd hear more from Vee. So, we'll have to see! :]

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