All 17-year-old Xavier can think about is graduating high school and moving to a place where no one will look twice at him. Everyone at school thinks he’s gay, but he’ll take the rumors over everyone knowing his truth. For 17-year-old, Natasha, life’s pretty good. She’s popular, has two best friends, and is dating the captain of the football team, the object of Xavier’s crush.
After witnessing a traumatic event at a Halloween bash, Xavier and Natasha experience a night which forces them to view the world through each other’s eyes. Soon Natasha is faced with the grim realization that her identity dictates how the people in her life treat her. Meanwhile, it’s a concept which Xavier knows painfully well. As they struggle to accept certain truths of their own realities, they can tell no one what’s happening to them. No one would believe them anyway, because they barely believe it themselves.
"It's been a while that a book has made me think and had such an impact on me in the end as Slip did. I also absolutely loved how Sbrocca caught my attention right at the beginning with her modern writing and use of pop culture. It draws you in, then Xavier and Natasha hook themselves into you. We need more books like this in the world, especially now with all the intolerance that is being spread everywhere." -Readers' Favorite 5-Star Review Excerpt
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About the Author
My name is Quoleena Sbrocca. (If you try to pronounce it too fast, you’ll likely get a brain freeze. Kwo-LEE-nuh Su-BROH-kuh). I’m a Denver native. I was a dance major in college and studied photography in grad school. Here's my photography website: http://www.sbroccaphotography.com I first realized I loved creative writing in 3rd grade, when I won a scholastic award for an illustrated story called, “Little Girl Lost.” I wrote poetry during my guitar-playing college days, all of which I keep buried in boxes of memories. I’m currently working on the final book of my young adult sci-fi/fantasy, set in the deep future. My favorite books to read tend to be set in England and Paris, in the days of horse-drawn carriages and noble courts. And I absolutely love fantasy and young adult fantasy set in worlds void of technology and unlike our own, with swords and magic and mystical creatures.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite If you think Freaky Friday was a rollercoaster, it's nothing compared to Quoleena Sbrocca's Slip. Xavier and Natasha are two different teenagers with two separate lives. Tasha has an amazing quarterback boyfriend and a group of popular girls that she calls her friends. Xavier is a sweet and sensitive boy struggling with his identity, who adores his mother and baby sister, intolerant father and a lesbian friend who has his back. He's different and people know it. Both end up at the same party in which a young girl is assaulted but saved by Xavier, only to be moments later hit by Natasha when they leave the bash after things go south. After a long night, the two wake up to the oddest thing. They have completely switched places in what could only be described as some crazy alternative universe. They have the same parents but Natasha wakes up in Xavier's body while he wakes up in hers. Being able to communicate only in their dreams, the two struggle to figure out why this happened and how to fix it. I loved how much Quoleena Sbrocca actually drew me into her writing. I found myself so invested and rereading something because I want to make sure I understood and let it sink in. The journey that Xavier and Natasha go through in order to come to this understanding and finally acceptance and beautiful change was so heartfelt and emotional that you can't help but grow attached to the characters. It's been a while that a book has made me think and had such an impact on me in the end as Slip did. I also absolutely loved how Sbrocca caught my attention right at the beginning with her modern writing and use of pop culture. It draws you in, then Xavier and Natasha hook themselves into you. We need more books like this in the world, especially now with all the intolerance that is being spread everywhere. After reading Slip, I'm definitely going to check out the author's other books.