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by Jill Hathaway

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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 The interactions between Vee, Mattie, and their withdrawn father are especially well-done, as all three try to remember how to be a family five years after the death of the girls’ mother.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.)
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)
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.”
“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.”
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

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

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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Slide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 305 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!
ireadeverythingMI More than 1 year ago
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."
Johnny W. More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unique story that makes it hard to stop reading once you start
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had it not been for Free Fridays I would not have even looked at this book. But I enjoy mysteries and so I tried Slide, I'm glad I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An original new storyline with believable charecters that have personalities ! Flaws and all ! I enjoyed it and would like to read more from this author !
LaGrave More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story very much. It has an interesting plot coupled with a unique story telling style. Certainly worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good. So good. Touching, honest, faithful to human frailties, and leaves you just a bit melencholy. I will buy the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A top rate author. The plot moves along quickly, pulling you into a story that is not only brilliant, but is filled with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. This is a great mystery with a believable paranormal twist. A perfect teen read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly,read the first few pages only and it was AMAZING!! I personally loved this book. This book is a MUST-READ!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
High school girls are not my interest but I would have liked it if I were younger. I didn't finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect for the beach!
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
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
Lovz-Books 7 months ago
Sylvia, A.K.A. “Vee,” has a strange ability—she can get inside people’s heads, seeing through their eyes, with a mere touch of an object. She calls it “sliding.” Cool! With pink hair and a sleeping disorder, Vee is not your typical high school student. Things get interesting when she suddenly slides into what looks like a murder. But who did it and how will she find out before he strikes again? I admit that the first time she slid, it was confusing, but, fortunately, you get the hang of it and don’t lose sight of the story. Simple and mediocre, but yet compelling. You just have to know who the killer is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well you wanted sex. Come and get it. ;D Kitten
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits on a couch and waits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watches Sara
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in naked