Synopsis: Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.
These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.
Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.
But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.
Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book.
I am so unbelievably happy that I got a chance to review this novel as it was one of the best novels I’ve read in quite a while. As all of my close friends know, I absolutely despise winter. I hate the cold weather, I hate being cold, I hate having to scrape off my car windows. I always get very tired and down when winter hits and I had been feeling those blues a lot lately when I received this novel. This novel was everything I needed to help me fight off the winter blues.
The story starts with Sloane finding out an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend and her best friend. Sloane then leaves Seattle with a fractured hand and a broken heart. Upon arriving in Hawaii to spend the summer with her mom and her brother, Sloane hopes that this will be exactly what she needs. A summer away from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, a summer of fun and relaxation.
This novel was warm, flirty, fun and everything I could have hoped for. I literally could not put this novel down as I was so captivated and I am so thankful that I didn’t have to work until late in the evening so I could lie on the couch all day and just completely devour this wonderful story. I would have been tempted to call in sick to work just to finish this novel had I needed to work earlier. I only have and need two words for this novel: Absolute perfection.
Though Sloane makes plenty of mistakes throughout this novel and had lots of problems, this only makes her a more believable character. She acts and reacts exactly as I would have in her shoes at that age. She goes through a lot in a short period of time and handles it all relatively well. She is one tough chick but what she goes through breaks her. Thankfully she has some good friends in Hawaii who will help her have a good summer and move on.
And then enters Finn. Now don’t even get me started on Finn! Every book needs one delicious male character and boy did this novel ever! Finn is exactly what Sloane needs to get her mind off of everything that happened back in Seattle. He is sweet, caring, adventurous, and I’ve mentioned it before, YUMMY!
I don’t usually read a lot of contemporary novels as I usually stick with fantasy, but this novel reminded me how much I can enjoy contemporary and how I need to step away from fantasy every once in awhile as there are some wonderful novels out there that I am missing.
I am putting this novel in the vault as well as thrusting it at every person that I know. I cannot sing enough praise for the amazing writing of Erin L. Schneider.