Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on October 4th 2016
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Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens.
Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious person Sloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins' lives.
Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinions.
I loved Sloane and her voice. I thought that this was a really good representation of being 17 and wanting everything and not wanting to choose something that would impact you forever. It was the perfect novel tbh. But I found myself a little bored at times, especially in the middle, and I thought that at some points the Were School fanfiction subplot was more interesting than the actual main pot. I liked how the two overlapped (and I just generally enjoyed that plot) but I thought more of the emphasis should have been on the main plot and it just wasn’t there between 45%-65% of the novel. Otherwise I really enjoyed it. I think if you are friends with me and enjoy the way I speak, you will enjoy Sloane and her story.
I thought Sloane was p-e-r-f-e-c-t though. Her voice, her wit, her not understanding why her friends enjoyed and relied on her. I could relate to Sloane SO MUCH. I feel like the people who know me really well who read this book will be like “omg this is Jamie” and like that’s super exciting to me?? I honestly loved that she tried to be so dispassionate about things so that people didn’t think she was weird or a geek or not cool for it because I feel like we all do a little bit of that at some times. When I was 17, I was the same way. Now I am unapologetic about everything I really like. (That’s how you should be kiddos. Be proud of what you like and what makes you, you.)
I really enjoyed her family and her relationships with them but I thought at some points that really overshadowed the rest, especially when it came to her dad and WereSchool. I, personally, was heavily invested in the WereSchool plot because TEEN WOLF IS MY LIFE AND SOUL (well, up to Season 3A), but I could totally understand how others wouldn’t enjoy it. It seemed to try to be a metaphor for Sloane’s life but it didn’t quite work. And it started to drag near the halfway point of the novel because so much of the focus was on WereSchool instead of on Sloane and her life and I can’t really understand why.
However, this book is s-o g-o-o-d. I wish I could buy everyone in the world a copy because I want them all to read it and live through Sloane’s life. I just. I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS. Just click on one of the purchase links above and read it. Now.