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Slide by Jill Hathaway

Friday, December 23, 2011
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.

Goodreads Summary

Another innovative young adult concept.  Vee has an interesting problem or ability, she can slide into others' bodies and view what the others are seeing and doing.  She cannot control this ability and needs to touch an object connected to another person to truly slide.  These "narcoleptic fits" make for many awkward moments for poor Vee.  They can also make for deadly visits.  Vee slides into the body of someone she would do anything to get out of.  She sees the death of her sister's friend, a friend whose death may be passed off as a suicide unless Vee can prove it differently. 

Overall, Vee is a good main character.  She is interesting, smart, and inquisitive.  She is down-to-earth serious and makes for a great narrator.  Her friend, Rollins, has his own demons to fight, but he still sticks by Vee's side even when the going gets tough.  The other secondary characters are not the nicest, the reader may dislike quite a few other characters in this novel.   The events are fast-paced, this book is a quick read.  The scenes where Vee slides are vibrantly described, the reader can literally imagine it happening.  The book contains many different twists and surprises that will keep the reader on his/her toes.  The reader will not want this book to end.  Slide is perfect for teen/young adult readers.

4 Stars

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