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Vee knows Sophie didn't kill herself.

She was murdered.

She knows 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. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night, when she slides into the mind of someone ...

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Overview

Vee knows Sophie didn't kill herself.

She was murdered.

She knows 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. 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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Cynthia Hand
“Heartbreaking and heart-pounding at the same time! A wonderful, intense story, Slide had me hooked from the first moment Vee slid into someone else’s mind.”
Sophie Jordan
“Slide consumed me! Intense and powerful. A mystery filled with romance and raw emotion. Slide is one of those extraordinary reads that stays with you long after you close the book.”
Booklist
“Teenage drama meets Quantum Leap in this exciting debut about secrets and murder. [D]ifficult to put down.”
Laurie Stolarz
“Jill Hathaway provides a fresh, vibrant voice to young adult literature. Skillfully filled with drama and tension, Slide is part mystery, part romance, and wholly engaging with its strong heroine and tornado-worthy twists. I simply could not put this book down.”
Publishers Weekly
Hathaway debuts with a gripping paranormal thriller that takes the concept of “empathy” to a new level. Whenever high school junior Vee Bell comes in contact with an object another person has touched, she unwillingly “slides” into his or her mind, leaving her own body vulnerable. After she awakens beside the corpse of a cheerleader named Sophie— ­a friend recently betrayed by Sophie’s younger sister, Mattie—Vee realizes she’s in the body of a killer. Everyone assumes Sophie’s death was a suicide, and Mattie is guilt-ridden. When another cheerleader dies, Vee decides to recognize her ability as a gift and solve the mystery before her sister becomes the next victim. The shifting perspectives—as Vee enters the bodies of her friends, love interest Rollins, and others—give the story an exhilarating momentum and an absorbing, cinematic quality. The interactions between Vee, Mattie, and their withdrawn father are especially well-done, as all three try to remember how to be a family five years after the death of the girls’ mother. An emotionally taut mystery with depth. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sara Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Warmth has always been a trigger for Vee Bell, making everything go blurry and seem as though the world is pulling apart at the seams. But lately it has been happening more and more—not just when it's warm—and at unexpected times and with unexpected consequences. The folks in Vee's life have learned to spot the signs, the moments right before she slips into unconsciousness; they think she has narcolepsy. But what they don't know is that Vee isn't just falling asleep: she is sliding into another person's consciousness. As disconcerting as her astral projection is already, her episodes intensify when she finds herself sliding in and out of minds of those connected to a series of murders, including the murderer's in the midst of killing her friend. Unfortunately, the community believes that Sophie's death is a suicide, and it is up to Vee to find out the truth while keeping the secret of her metaphysical skills. This supernatural mystery employs some more positive tropes of young adult literature—identity formation and discovering who your real friends are—alongside more frustrating images, such as out-of-control mean girls, unnecessarily complicated drama, and inconsistent character motivation. Its innovative premise, though, is memorable.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Pink-haired, rebellious Vee isn't really narcoleptic, as everyone believes; when she suddenly falls asleep, she "slides" into other people and sees through their eyes in this intriguing mystery. Vee's unwanted paranormal ability becomes a serious problem when she witnesses a murder, but she doesn't know through whose eyes she's seeing. She does know that no one will believe her if she tries to explain, especially not her physician father. The police and everyone else believe the murder victim committed suicide. When yet another apparent suicide occurs, Vee begins to suspect two people she trusts, her best friend, Rollins, and her cool psychology teacher. Could either be the murderer? Rollins appears to back away from her when Vee falls for handsome newcomer Zane in the well-crafted romance subplot, and she worries that the teacher might be too close to his female students. High-school rivalries complicate the issue. Although the paranormal aspects of this book pale before its unfolding mystery and human drama, the mystery plot turns on Vee's sliding ability. Alas, the solution seems to pop out of nowhere, but the back story to the mystery adds real depth. Hathaway guides readers through family turmoil, integrating it well with her murder mystery. She makes Vee's unwanted ability seem quite real, but it is the history of family betrayal that finally takes center stage in this above-average mystery. An intriguing whodunit. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062077967
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 506,677
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Hathaway

Jill Hathaway grew up in Iowa and received her MA in literature from Iowa State University. She is also the author of Slide, the first book about Vee Bell. A high school English teacher, Jill lives with her husband and children in the Des Moines area.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

    Good book. Good story. Enjoyable. Hey, people...it's a "rev

    Good book. Good story. Enjoyable.
    Hey, people...it's a "review"..NOT A FRICKIN' BOOK REPORT! STOP STOP giving all the details of the story away! A review means: rate it; give a COUPLE of COMMENTS on how you liked or disliked the book. DUH? Seems to me, it's pretty hard for people to comprehend "REVIEW."

    38 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    BEST BOOK!!!!!!!!

    I loved it. Once you thought it was going to wrap up it got even more intense and something new was happening. Plus, i would have never guesses the ending........ TOTALLY SUPRISING!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    !

    Every so calked review here is a plot spoiler. I wishyou rude ppk would go elsewhere with your blogs and reveals and stop ruining books for other readers. We dont get our books gor free like you do, and when you reveal every detail you ruin the book for us, so thank you. Bn, please do something to these rude ppl. Thus is a term of service violation, so cant they be banned?

    18 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Definitely one of the best books I've ever read. It has so much

    Definitely one of the best books I've ever read. It has so much suspense it's almost unreal. When you read this book, it feels like your in a whole different world. It has some major suggestive themes but nothing graphic. I believe that the ages for this book should be at least 14+. Sylvia, the main character can pass out when she touches an item that someone had an emotional fit with. When she passes out, she slips into that person's POV. It's so much better than it sounds, when I read the back I thought it was going to be a depressing mystery. There are sad parts, but depression is definitely not the main genre. There's some drama, definitely some mystery, romance, hurt/comfort, betrayal, and major friendship. I'm not really a super emotional guy, but at points my eyes watered up a bit. Haha, I definitely recommend this book to most people, minimum age being 13.

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Having a main character with narcolepsy and an ability to ¿slide

    Having a main character with narcolepsy and an ability to “slide” into the point of view of another individual, via an emotional connection to an object that Vee Bell then touches herself is certainly a different type of gift or curse, depending on how one views Vee’s predicament. She’s a likeable character in a book filled with emotionally charged characters and relationships. Like Rollins and Mattie, Vee is bursting with depth, compassion, and understanding, and she has heart in a world that can sometimes be consumed by the heartless.

    While the mystery was certainly good, it did have its share of holes and was by no means executed flawlessly. But SLIDE is much more than the mystery that consumes many of its pages. Even more than the mystery, though, it’s a study in character and the hallowed high school halls, in being an outsider once near the heart of the popular crowd, and how single, monumental moments can have lingering, lasting effects. It’s a quick read filled with complexity and emotional nuggets that sat with me long after I reached the end.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

    11 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    soo good

    I love this book

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Sucks you in

    A unique story that makes it hard to stop reading once you start

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Really good!

    179 pages of interesting. I read it in an afternoon. I dont believe in book reports so Im not gonna do one. I really liked this book. Unexpected ending, which I am glad of. I will be reading, or at least looking at other books by this author. I believe there is a book 2 in this series, i will be reading it. Thats all your getting from me. Hope it helps.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Plot Spoiled

    I really can not see why one would bother to read this book since so many people have already summed it up with their reviews and spoiled the plot. Thank you for being so considerate. I now have time to read something else that hopefully someone else has not ruined. You have saved me a few hours.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    To below

    When the description is that short sometimes u need more info. So stop flippin out and calm down. Most people annouce that they might spoil it for you. I enjoy knowig more about the book!

    3 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    You sould read this

    You should defenitly read this it is the best book in the world so it has some curse words it is soooooooooo good! I couldn't figure out who killed sophie it is amasing!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Enjoyable Mystery

    Oh goody, another mystery.

    The last time I read a mystery novel (The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore) I was disappointed by the book's unpredictable ending. I fell in love with that book and it only betrayed me in the end. *sniffle* However, my wounds have healed and I was willing to give the mystery genre another chance.

    But unlike Lattimore, which completely relied on the mystery aspect, Slide focuses on a people in general, their habits, their secrets, and sometimes their emotional well-being.

    Author Jill Hathaway introduces a clever and original aspect in sliding, and it helps move the story along in a fluid and swift pace as well as giving the reader an inside look at each suspects lives that is not offered in other mystery books. It gives the reader an inside scoop on every suspect and leaves them feeling like they have the inside edge.

    Vee is incredibly likable. I felt for her whenever she remembered her mother, and her journey from popular cheerleader to pink haired outcast seemed believable and cruel at the same time. Slide paints public high school as a deep dark hole with vicious people that will look for every opportunity to tear you apart if you get on their bad side. It's a world full of people so bored that they would relish your social downfall just to have something to talk about. Is public high school really like that? I've never been, so I wouldn't know.

    However, as engaging and original Slide is, it has its flaws. Some scenes seem to have happened again and again with the same people, just in different rooms. particularly the part where Vee says something to Rollins that she realizes will come across as rude just as it comes out of her mouth. This scene happens many times. Characters. Also. Do. This. A. Lot. When. They. Are. Trying. To. Get. A. Point. Across. It was cute the first couple of times but after that it became annoying. But the big problem is this: Like many mysteries, the author tries too hard to make the mystery's answer unpredictable. The character that was the killer is the one that Vee has almost no evidence against. The killer is a minor character instead of one of the major ones that are considered suspects. Nevertheless, Slide has an ending that is satisfying enough to close a stand-alone novel, but leaves enough questions to justify a sequel.

    Grade: B

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Supergood

    If u want the preview of it u can get it in the "Story Crush Teen Sampler" and it has it in there along with other good books you should definetly order slide though for ages 13+

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Review

    I don't like that there was as much swearing as there was. But this is my new fav book! i'm a sucker for murder mystery stories. Awesome job jill hathaway! :o)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Enjoyable read but ending contrived.

    Well written with good pacing. But ending felt too abrupt and too conveniently wrapped up, leaving me feel disappointed overall. Why didn't the editor catch this?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    For teenagers

    High school girls are not my interest but I would have liked it if I were younger. I didn't finish it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Another innovative young adult concept. Vee has an interesting p

    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.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Yet again, the reading world is graced with another contemporary

    Yet again, the reading world is graced with another contemporary/paranormal mix. I'm not keen on the mixture but what can I say. It's different. Slide is not your normal contemporary and paranormal mix. It harnesses a uniqueness of its own. And that is the ability to slide into someone when one falls asleep. Now, in this case, Sylvia does all the Sliding. She's an edgy type of girl with punkish pink hair and a personality that's average for a normal teenage girl only difference is that she can slide and she hates it. She tries to avoid it at all costs.

    In my opinion, Sylvia's the only thing that keeps her family grounded. After her mothers death, her dad became a workaholic and her little sister is on a tightrope trying to conform into the popular crowd in high-school. While Sylvia stays out the popular crowd and sticks with the two-person crowd her and best friend, Rollins. Rollins is an interesting character, nothing new but interesting.

    As the story goes along and Sylvia, tries to unravel the mystery of her sisters best friends suicide after a series of bullying and the truth that it wasn't a suicide but a murder. This knowledge she obtained by accidentally sliding into the murderer, as the murderer writes the victims suicide note.

    This has her on her toes in fear that her sister might be next. Her fight to find answers was slow and kind of dragging. But when another "suicide" comes in. The story begins to pick-up pace and everything started happening too fast. Almost like the author rushed it. Either way, the story was realistic. I don't think I've ever read a young adult contemporary novel that has so much gore and death in it.

    The book was unexpectedly good. It thrills you with mystery and death and definitely keeps you entertained with the corny but sweet romance. Along with the touching family bonding and support. Not much of an unputdownable book but Slide is most certainly a good book with a good plot that will keep you entertained enough to finish the book all the way through.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Narcolepsy is the perfect cover for being a "slider,"

    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.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Loved it!

    This was a great book. Once I began, there was no way to stop. Even the slower moments held me in their grips. A definite page-turner til the end. I look forward to more from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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