Published by Disney-Hyperion
Published On: May 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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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 come by 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.
If I could rate this book based off of the first half then it would have gotten a four and maybe a 5. It was the first half of this story that sucked me in and kept me there. I loved the idea of our main character going to Hawaii to try and clear her head and figure things out. I wish that was something I could do but sadly it’s a little too pricy for me.
In the beginning I liked our main character Sloane. She’s going through a really confusing time and I thought she was doing really good handling it like she did. I also LOVED her brother and thought he was a really sweet guy. I wish we could have gotten to see more of him honestly. Both of them had these little romances going on which I loved and I thought it was going to be such a great book! Sadly I ended up a little disappointed.
This was by no means a bad book. It’s just that the second half let me down a little bit after such a strong start. Without giving anything away, something happened near the end of this book that made our main character have to go back home. Apparently it was the end of the world though because it felt like everything was throwing a fit over it! All because nobody could bother to call or talk to her AT ALL to ask what was going on. So everyone just assumed the worse and all Sloane’s relationships with friends and love interest kind of just died for a bit.
It drove me crazy that nobody ever talked to anyone in this book. Any issues that happened could have easily been prevented but apparently nobody in this series has ever heard of communication. Maybe I’m just getting old and I expect more from books but it felt like none of our characters put any effort into anything.
While I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to, I think I’d still recommend it to others. I’m not generally a contemporary lover because it’s easier for me to pick it apart. I think people that do enjoy reading contemporary will like reading this one because it’s mostly about the friendships than it is about the romance.
While slightly disappointing, I’d still recommend to lovers of contemporary partially because of the great mood to this book.