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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

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 The interactions between Vee, Mattie, and their withdrawn father are especially well-done, as all three try to remember how to be a family five years after the death of the girls’ mother.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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062077905
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
1,166,401
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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