Author: Erin L. Schneider
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.
Want to kick off the summer with a basic contemporary young adult book? This is it. After reading this all I want is a summer romance, on a beach, in Hawaii. Actually, I'll take any one of those three, but all together seemed to work for Sloane!
I have to get it out, there are two things that drove me nuts about this book: Mick, and the fact that apparently teenagers with drama can't talk directly to each other about their drama.
Other than that I really enjoyed it. I especially liked that Sloane wasn't the perfect stereotypical beauty. She's short and spunky, she has panic induced asthma attacks, and she's got a mean right hook!
I love her interactions with Finn and Luce. I just wish there would have been more interaction with her twin brother Penn. I also wish there was a little more than the nod to the lesbian couple that she worked with, but I get that there can only be so many main characters in a book that's less than 300 pages.
But the drama with Mick!
Highly recommend as a way to kick off your summer reading!