Author: Erin L. Schneider
Published: May 3, 2016
Number of Pages: 304
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 Stars
Tags: Contemporary, YA, ARC, NetGalley
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Synopsis: 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 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.
*My thanks to Disney-Hyperion for providing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.*
“Like my father said, everyone is responsible for their own actions; it’s just a matter of what they choose to do. And what we choose to do in response.”
I did a Top Ten Tuesday about beach reads, and I'm sad that I didn't read this book before I made my list because this is the perfect beach read. This book takes place mainly in Hawaii, and a little bit in Seattle, Washington. Sloane just figured out that her boyfriend slept with her best friend, and got her pregnant. Sloane and her brother spend each summer in Hawaii, and so she takes the time to think about everything, and to maybe get a new boyfriend.
I loved the writing in this book! The writing was so descriptive, and captivating, and even fun. I could actually picture myself being on the beaches of Hawaii (even though I've never been). Not only was the writing imaginative, but it was fun. I was constantly wanting to keep reading, and I had a blast.
I had a lot of fun reading about Sloane's summer. From her finding out, to her making decisions. I found her very human, both with her panic attacks, and with her decisions. While I felt bad about her situation, I enjoyed reading about how she handled everything, along with reading about her relationship with Finn. It was a fun book, and I really recommend reading it during the summer time.
I'm glad that this book talked about cheating, especially with how Sloane dealt with it. I find that most of the time, all of the characters get back together and live happily ever after. So, I thought that it was really cool that Sloane said no, I'm going to think/process everything. Cheating is a difficult subject, and it can be really hard to trust someone after they cheat on you, and I'm glad that Sloane didn't just run back to Tyler.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I loved the writing, Sloane, and the main focus of the book. So when you visit the beach summer, take this book with you! It's a great summer read, or winter read. Whatever floats your boat.