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Title:
Slide
Author:
Hathaway, Jill.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, 2012.
Physical Description:
250 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Vee Bell, able to slide into other people's minds, sees someone standing over the body of her sister's best friend, Sophie, holding a bloody knife but she is afraid that anyone she tells will think her crazy and so she must find a way to identify the killer herself, before he or she strikes again.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.5 9.0 156274.
ISBN:
9780062077905
Format :
Book

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Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth--her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this 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. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. 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.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.

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.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Teenage drama meets Quantum Leap in this exciting debut about secrets and murder. Vee has an inexplicable ability; when falling into what appears to be a narcoleptic state, she is really sliding into the mind of someone else watching events through their eyes. The mere touch of an object can trigger an episode, and they seem to be getting more frequent and more intense. When she slides into the mind of a murderer who has killed a friend and made it look like a suicide, Vee tries to channel her ability to solve the crime without revealing how she knows the truth. The story is intriguing and provides just enough information for the reader to piece together the mystery alongside Vee. The characters are well developed, with the exception of the murderer, whose motive, while believable, is not executed well enough to lift the climax above melodrama. Still, the novel is difficult to put down. While Vee's questions about sliding remain unanswered, the knowledge that she can live with who she is may be the greatest truth uncovered.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.