Life Sliding

Life Sliding

by S.L. Mauldin


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As Gavin's junior year comes to a close, he faces an inner conflict with his status as the most popular kid in high school. It's not lost on his father, who sensed for some time that his overly indulged son needs redirection. Making matters worse for Gavin, his dad sends him away for the summer to assist at a camp for children with special needs.

Arriving at camp Life Me Up, Gavin is suddenly forced to dabble in a world less familiar. After his first uncomfortable encounter with a strange girl with multi-colored fingernails, who refuses to waiver his arrogant behavior, Gavin comes face to face with a person from the past, which leaves him uneasy.

Inevitably, three people clash and collide, but when tragedy strikes, they come to an understanding regarding their differences.

Becoming a young adult, Gavin faces a summer of harsh lessons in reality. Once he crosses the bridge from a self-inflicted prison to the road to freedom, Gavin and his new friends implement a strategy to stir up the social order when they return to school in the fall.

Because of one jaded person jumping to conclusions, the plan backfires. Will they be able to survive the fallout of what they've put into motion? #LifeSliding

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692629727
Publisher: TouchPoint Press
Publication date: 02/12/2016
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

After discovering some stories he had written in the past in an old trunk, S.L. Mauldin recounted his affinity for storytelling. Since then, he has penned a few novels and several screenplays, one of which was optioned to become a feature film. Native of Metro Atlanta, where he presently resides, S.L. Mauldin continues to writes stories with real life situations.

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Life Sliding 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life Sliding by S. L. Mauldin is a short, young adult book about teenagers and the world they navigate. We enter the life of teenagers and see the world from Gavin’s view, who is a spoiled popular teenager. The story goes on a journey from his point of view, and it shifts to an omniscient perspective to see other teens and everyone struggles. This book covers many deep themes, such as life, death, and love. It is through these themes we see how we never know what someone is going through unless we take the time to understand one another. I had a hard time putting the book down. Exploring such themes in a nuanced way, by exploring individual differences and struggles teenagers have with these themes, is a hard job. I have found that more literature has been tackling these themes, and I am glad to this author handled the ideas of life, death, and love with care. That being said, some could see how a part of the book was not handled with care as it did not address an issue upfront. But I think that is the author’s way of saying love is love and it only matters what the people involve think or feel rather than it being a spectacle to everyone else. I would have liked if the author went more in-depth on love rather than just touching on it here and there, but with other topics, such as cutting, suicide, and eating disorders, it was handling a lot of other topics already. I would like to say that this does not take away from the book or the ability to enjoy the book. There was a lot of character growth in the story as well. First, we meet this arrogant, spoiled teenage boy, and after a summer of working with children who are sick, he changes and wants to bring these changes and what he learned to his high school. It is here Gavin, and the reader, learn that everyone has their struggles and deal with them in different ways. One of my favorite parts of the book is that Gavin knows of his faults and he is aware that he is arrogant. There are many books with this kind of teenager who thinks they are faultless and does not acknowledge their arrogance. It was refreshing that he acknowledges these things and then changed and did better from what he learned. This was a genuine change rather than a clichéd attempt at the changes you see in some media with teenagers. I also liked the speech that Jacob gave at their graduation; it was a beautiful sentiment that touched me. The lessons learned in this book, such as understanding one another and hate is not something that we are born with but something we are taught, are important for everyone to learn. This is why I recommend the book for teenagers and up. I think it is a great lesson for everyone to learn.
EmersonRoseCraig More than 1 year ago
Life sliding is a hopeful story of a boy named Gavin. The book, by author S.L. Mauldin, is about the summer before Gavin’s senior year. Gavin is a popular kid, but his father is worried about his behavior. After the troubles of the summer before Gavin’s father chooses to send Gavin away to be a counselor at a summer camp for kids with special needs. Once there Gavin’s finds himself with several struggles, from being away from his friends, meeting new people, and running into old acquaintances. His life changes that summer, but it might just be too late. Gavin’s personal journey throughout the course of the book is endearing and relatable as he goes through the struggles of growing up as well as becoming a better person and atoning for his mistakes. I found that I was able to really root for Gavin as the story progressed. I also found that the mystery of what happened the summer before added to the suspense and intrigue of the book. Having the book being in the head of Gavin also helped not just understanding the character but also showing his growth throughout the story. This is a great coming of age story that also does great with adding representation especially to those with special needs. This setting of the book really added another level for me. The writing of this book was very vivid and helped set the scene to really get me into the story. From the beginning of the book, I found myself interesting in the story and quickly became hooked by the mystery and the characters. While Gavin does a great job of leading the story I also really enjoyed the side characters that form his old and new friends. They both gave Gavin depth while also maintaining space for their own arcs. I really enjoyed reading this story and was very impressed with the way in which this book was written. This is a sweet and hopeful story that makes for a great read. I would definitely recommend this book and would give it five stars.
RaeCapri More than 1 year ago
Life is beautiful with all its challenges, but no one is ever immune from their shares of trials and tribulations. It’s unfortunate when some people feel they’re at their wit's end and can’t handle any more battle scars. We’re resilient, with our determination we can live a life of happiness and share it with others. In “Life Sliding”, author S. L. Mauldin grants readers the opportunity to experience life from the protagonist’s perspective as a 17-year-old. Gavin Bailey, a high schooler, living life with a mentality of being egotistical and self-righteous. Through his eyes, he feels as though the world should revolve around him, so he treats people however he sees fit. Even his father notices how spun out of control his son’s mental thinking process is and decides there has to be something to shake him out of it. Another character, Jacob Caleb was amongst Gavin’s circle of friends until returning the next school year, following his summer vacation that Gavin noticed a change in Jacob’s entire persona. One could say that maybe something Jacob had experienced over the summer might have contributed to his new look and action. As you continue to read, you’ll learn all about what occurred during his summer that gave him a reason to change. Gavin’s dad figured out what Jacob had done the following summer and saw that as an opportunity to get his son more involved in the care of others. I never knew just how challenging certain people are at putting the needs of others before their own. By switching up the usual summer vacation plans, Gavin was “forced” to spend his summer away from his friends and experience a camp counselor in training opportunity at Camp Lift Me Up. What anyone reading this wouldn’t expect is for the camp to be any kind of special. Impressed to say, this camp is indeed special as it’s not your usual camping for younger happy-go-lucky children, but a well thought out idea for children facing trouble times in their lives. Founded by Sarah, she witnessed a coworker going through pain with their child and it inspired her to do something about it. By developing a camp, she was able to give back to her community with her love and care for children. Gavin’s camping experience lead to a greater understanding on just how blessed he was to have the opportunity to experience life without much hardships and with that, he learned that he can become a better version of himself because of it. I had a few moments of laughter because of how diverse the personalities were for each character and sadness for all of the children who were campers at Camp Lift Me Up. I commend the author for creating such an insightful reading experience that encourages everyone to reconsider their own lives. It allows you to ask yourself, do you act in such a way that demonstrates gratitude for having a chance at life? Yes, hardships exist for everyone, but sometimes whatever may be an issue to you isn’t in comparison to others who are suffering worse than you. I enjoyed reading this book and glad to know that it only takes an encounter with those less fortunate for people to realize they have a great life to be thankful for.
Dgunner254 More than 1 year ago
Life Sliding by S. L. Mauldin Gavin Bailey is the king. It is all Gavin all the time. His friends are carefully chosen. They are all high up on the pecking order. The cool gang. Gavin is the most looked up to kid, at least according to the yearbook. Unbeknownst to his ‘friends’ at other kids at school, he feels imprisoned by the title. He feels like he has to consistently paint a façade. To reliably give his fans their idol. He keeps his true self-hidden behind teenage uncertainties and insecurities. Gavin was friends with Jacob before. They were best buds. However, along the way they lost their relationship. They grew apart. The self-absorbed person that Gavin is, he never bothered to find out why. Of course, he wondered but he chose to listen to everyone mutter-what a freak- with reference to his former friend. Gavin’s father has noticed that his son is in need of some redirection. He is getting mighty pompous and bratty. He decides to take matters into his own hands by enrolling him to volunteer at Camp Lift Me Up. At the camp, he encounters a blast from the past. His life is changed forever by one little boy. Will he change the social scene at the school? The pecking orders at high schools have a lasting effect on the students for the better part of their lives. The stereotyping and struggle to keep up is just too much for people who are only beginning to find themselves. This story is about a boy who realizes that he holds the power to shake up the social strata. The story will make you cry. It will make you laugh. It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. It is incredibly well written. The plot is derived from a common high school setting but with a twist to the ending. S. L. Mauldin has done a good job of addressing the cliques and identity crisis issues in high schools. Life Sliding boasts a cat of deeply developed characters. Relatable and appealing to reality. Characters who effectively and effortlessly deliver the intended lessons and message. The author has molded Gain just right. Displaying his real self through internal monologues and showing who he is to the people through the pompous things he says. You will absolutely love beloved Caleb. Despite the great plot and relatable characters, the book needs some editing. There is also need for the author to describe scenes better. For example, the fight at the beginning was so insufficiently described that it feels misplaced and irrelevant. The beginning is also a little weak. While the dream is significant, you might be tempted to give up on the story at this point. This is an excellent book for teenagers to read so that they can better weather the struggles of the teenage years. It is also a good book for parents of teenagers t read so that they understand the banged doors and aloofness they often encounter. The faults of this book do nothing to deter the purpose of the book or the message therein. It is deserving of five stars for addressing an important issue.
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
High school, a time for learning who you are, what your values are, and what matters in life. Gavin is the popular, most liked guy in his school. He is the trend setter and his hand-picked friends are at the top of the social pecking order. When they start planning their last summer bash before becoming seniors; he is quickly ripped out of his comfort zone when his dad decides he needs to spend his last vacation giving back to the community. Gavin is going to spend his summer working as a volunteer for camp Lift Me Up, it is a camp for kids with life threatening illnesses, a chance for them to feel normal. Here Gavin reconnects with an old friend Jacob, and they befriend Marissa, a girl with a lot of emotional baggage. Together the three of them bond and look to make their senior year one to remember not just for them, but for the whole school. Gavin is your typical self-absorbed teenager, he's on the football team, one of the popular kids, and comes from a family of money. Everyone knew that kid in high school, if you were not part of that crowd chances are you despised him, if you were in the crowd you looked up to him, or at least followed so not to lose your standing. When Jacob stopped following the cool crowd Gavin abandoned him. He never looked into why his best friend suddenly changed over the course of a summer. Gavin soon learned with his service at Lift Me Up what brought about the change in Jacob. Following the back and forth between Gavin and Jacob is exciting, you are never quite sure what their feelings for each other really are. Seeing Gavin grow is emotional, he learns that there is a lot more to the world than his little bubble, and he learns to really care for other people. This awakening is uplifting, it gives you hope that society is not doomed. One of the most predominate themes in this novel is that love has no boundaries or appearances. High school romances are often flirty and based on who is who and what social class you fall into. While this novel starts out following those trends and is easily relatable to readers, it soon twists and becomes so much more. The story of Caleb, the boy with leukemia, that latches onto a resentful Gavin is a catalyst for the change in Gavin. His memory is a constant reminder of how fragile life is and that you can’t live your life trying to live up to everyone else’s standards. I was really touched by Caleb and how his short time impacted so many lives. It is a reminder that it doesn’t matter how long we are here on earth, but what we do with the time we are given. Caleb melted the heart of Gavin and reminded him there is more to life than his little social circle. Gavin and Jacob’s relationship is touching and so fluid you just can’t help but want to see how life goes for them both. Everyone should have a friendship like that in life, someone that loves you unconditionally and is there for you no questions ask. Life Sliding by S.L. Mauldin is a touching novel, thought provoking and full of compassion and hope.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Life Sliding is a young adult coming of age novel written by S.L. Mauldin. Though he had indeed handcrafted the persona that made him the kid everyone wanted to emulate, even Gavin Bailey found the yearbook title, “The Most Looked Up To,” somewhat tedious and a little bit absurd. Still, he accepted his role as a king at his high school and pondered what it would be like reigning in his senior year. Taylor, his long-term friend/girlfriend, had invited him to come with her family to Cabo for the summer, but his father, who had gotten increasingly strict and controlling, had nixed that idea. He had made other plans for Gavin, plans that would put the kibosh on any entertainment for his last high school summer, and his dad had made it clear that there was no point in arguing about it. After the last day of school, Gavin was woken up early on Sunday morning and driven off to the parking lot where a herd of yellow school buses were waiting for the campers to arrive. To make matters even worse, his father had pulled the plug on his cellphone coverage, effectively cutting off any communication with the real world as Gavin knew it. Camp Lift Me Up was created to let kids with special needs just be kids for a summer, and Gavin’s father had volunteered him to be one of the Counselors-in-Training. Gavin viewed it as a wasted summer at first, but he soon discovered it was a life-changing experience. S.L. Mauldin’s young adult coming of age novel, Life Sliding, is a grand and glorious read about the pressures to conform that shackle children and young adults in school, and one popular kid’s realization that there was much more to life than being the most looked up to. Following Gavin’s metamorphosis from an arrogant and entitled kid to a compassionate and independently minded young adult is a mesmerizing and moving experience. Life Sliding is one of those all-too-rare books that get it. Mauldin seems to have the inside scoop on the angst, self-doubt and insecurity of the young whose issues are often dismissed with condescending platitudes such as “youth is wasted on the young.” His plot is original and compelling, and Camp Lift Me Up is marvelous. I have to admit that I’ve always harbored a wistful envy of those fortunate kids who got sent to camp and became counselors when they were teens. So I automatically looked forward to vicariously experiencing Gavin’s camping summer, even if he didn’t, but, like Gavin, I found it far surpassed my anticipation. Mauldin’s characters are authentic and intriguing, especially Gavin’s lifelong friend, Jacob, and their friendship is a big part of what makes this book work as well as it does. I had a grand time reading Life Sliding; it’s easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. Life Sliding is most highly recommended.