Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 291 Format: Hardcover Source: Library
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.
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider is a cute summer read that packs quite the punch of dramatics and emotional upheaval. With the light breezy escape of Hawaii, Sloane must deal with an unimaginable betrayal from the two people closest to her and yet the shores of Waikiki hold plenty of twists all their own.
I think my favorite thing about this whole book was the setting. I will continue to dream of visiting Hawaii, but it was nice to experience it through the pages of a book. From parties on the beach and relaxing by the pool to shopping all around town and hiking in the jungle, it felt like an authentic experience. Schneider’s life and knowledge of the islands definitely shines.
Character wise Sloane just lacked depth despite all the struggles she was going through. I did like the family dynamics with her twin brother Penn and their divorced parents. It was nice to see how the kids split time between them and how Sloane and Penn got along. Finn was so much more than a distraction and his scenes were the ones I enjoyed the most.
I have to say I really wanted to love this story but it kind of fell flat for me. Yes it was cute and I totally enjoyed reading it, but there was just a disconnect between me and the narrative. There was so much drama both back in Seattle as well as in Hawaii. Every character did not need to have relationship drama filled with secrets and going behind others’ backs. It was way over the top.
Overall Erin L. Schneider’s Summer of Sloane was a fun read and great for summer. I just wanted more from the story and to connect better with the characters. Hawaii provides an excellent setting for the narrative and the family dynamic was well done. If you love cute contemporaries, I think you’ll enjoy this but I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone.
So, have you read Summer of Sloane? What are some other stories set in Hawaii? Do you travel to the same place every summer? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!