Slide by Jill HathawaySlide by Jill Hathaway


byJill Hathaway

Paperback | February 26, 2013

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Vee knows Sophie didn't kill herself.

She was murdered.

She knows 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. 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.

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.

Jill Hathaway grew up in Iowa and received her MA in literature from Iowa State University. She is also the author ofSlide, the first book about Vee Bell. A high school English teacher, Jill lives with her husband and children in the Des Moines area.
Title:SlideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:February 26, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062077961

ISBN - 13:9780062077967


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Quick Read with a Great Protagonist! Good pacing, the suspense of a murder-mystery and an interesting paranormal-ish twist combined to make Slide a pretty entertaining read. While I did find the plot to be a little predictable, guessing the murderer relatively early on, and even though high school stereotypes were unabashedly exploited, I empathized with the protagonist, Vee, and was kept fascinated by her evolving ability to slide into others. Vee was a wonderful protagonist. While her transformation from prep-to-goth was stereotypical on the surface, her reasons behind the bright pink hair and 90s grunge music really pulled at my heartstrings. "I was tired of looking in the mirror every day and seeing her, missing her. Dyeing my hair couldn’t disguise the other parts of her that lived on in me, though. The way my laughter borders on cackling when I find something hilarious, just like hers did. The way my skin refuses to tan, no matter how many hours I spend in the sun." A truly complex and emotionally layered character, I loved watching how different Vee’s relationships were with everyone in Slide, but that her ability to keep them grounded was a constant. Passing out in school didn’t stop her from comforting Sophie, who was throwing up in the bathroom. Dislike for Amber’s attitude didn’t stop Vee from consoling her as she fell apart at Sophie’s funeral. Hurt over his emotional distance didn’t stop Vee from trying her best to ease her father’s worry, even if it meant lying to him about the truth behind her narcolepsy. It seemed that every person in her life depended on her for something, and she was always able to set aside her own issues in order to be there for them. And not once did she use her angst, over her mother’s death or her father’s negligence or her friends’ abandonment, in order to excuse her behaviour. But the absolute best part about Vee was her relationship with her sister, Mattie. Their relationship was so similar to my relationships with my younger sisters growing up, that it was almost like deja vu. They had their moments of sister bonding, where Vee shared her memories about their mother since Mattie was too young to have made any of her own, and they had their moments of sibling rivalry. But most of all, it was obvious that they loved each other. Vee did everything within her power to keep Mattie safe from the person harming her friends, but there was nothing she could do to regain Mattie’s childlike innocence, and it physically hurt her to see her baby sister carrying the burdens of someone much older. Their relationship was everything a sibling relationship is – passionate, fragile, messy and beautiful – and more than anything else in Slide, it truly resonated with me. I also really enjoyed watching Vee’s ability to slide evolve, from something completely out of her control, to something she used as a tool to catch a murderer. Her hints that her mother might have had the same condition really piqued my curiosities. "I remember her falling asleep sometimes while watching television or during dinner. When she woke up, she’d have the strangest little smile. I’d give anything to know what happened to her while she was asleep. If she was like me. If she slid." Just when I began to accept her sliding as fact, she would throw out a comment that had me wondering how she got it – was it genetic? Would her mother have been able to explain more, if she had lived longer? Or was she touched by the paranormal? While I would have liked some explanation, the mystery surrounding Vee’s condition added a level of suspense that any explanation would have ruined. As Slide’s plot progressed, I really like watching her try to take control of something that she had mostly lived in fear of, and that she did it with such honorable intentions. But as much as I loved Vee, and regardless of how intriguing I found her ability, Slide’s plot was a little too predictable for my liking. The high school cliches – popular girls are cheerleaders (and bitches), the hottest guy that every girl falls for is a jerky jock, the popular teacher who’s loved by the student body is the teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student – were abundant and noticeable. Even Vee and her best friend Rollins were cliched, being the goth girl and the new guy who became friends because everyone else at the school snubbed them. And honestly, I think I could have gotten past the cliches if the murder-mystery had been fantastically done. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. With clues dropped left and right, there were the obvious paths (which I saw right through, because they were so obvious) and then there was the not-so-obvious-obvious path, which led right to the killer. Considering how quickly Vee put certain clues together, I was frustrated with how blind she remained to the killer’s identity, until the killer all but bit her. It made for a pretty anticlimactic ending, considering everything that was revealed I had guessed early on in the book. As a whole, I really enjoyed Slide. Vee as a protagonist was written well enough that I was able to mostly ignore a lot of what was bothering me – namely the stereotypical YA treatment of high school and an overly predictable plot. With enough thrills and suspense to keep me reading, I would recommend Slide to anyone who’s looking for a quick read, with a great protagonist, and a relatively likeable plot.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! This book was amazing! I finished it in one day. It's a must! So excited for Impostor
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very entertaining I won't lie, it's the cover that first drew me in. I was excited over all of the purple. but then I read the synopsis and I knew I had to get my hands on it the second it came out, which I did. I tore into it immediately. I went slow at first because I've been busy but also because I wanted to savour it. I've been doing that with books lately; trying to make them last as long as possible but honestly, that doesn't work. I breezed through the last 150 pages like hellfire. Slide is full of real characters with real problems and a touch of the supernatural, which is Vee's ability to "slide". If she touches something someone has left an emotional imprint on, she can slide into their heads and see life through their eyes. Pretty freaky, right? Or cool, depending on how you look at it. I loved Vee. She knows who she is but she's scared. She pushes people away before they can get too close. A lot of us do that, I know I do. She was well written. She's a teenage girl. She has her issues, her insecurities and her secrets. She's clever but not to the point where she conveniently figures things out and everything is wrapped up in a neat little bow. I also love the boys! Rollins and Zane are different from each other but Vee loves them both in her own little ways. I won't go further because to do that would mean I'd have to spoil but believe me when I say I loved them both! I do, however, wish that Vee's SLIDE ability was fleshed out more. How did she get it? Why? What is it, exactly? That isn't really explained it just kind of... is and that bothered me a little bit. I hope Jill goes into it more in the second book. The history of it, how she got it, why, are there more people with the ability? It was kind of weird that there is this supernatural ability in a very real-world setting but I'm a sucker for that so I kind of just let it go and figured the author will talk about it more in the second book. The book was well paced and kept me hooked. Slide is a book to read if you want a light read, with good mystery, great characters and a very likeable main girl. It's a book to read if you're a fan of the short-lived show Veronica Mars. All in all, I came away smiling. I look forward to the next one in the series! What would you do if you could slide? Who would you want to slide into?
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a bad debut Slide is an interesting mix of supernatural and mystery but interesting nature aside it was a novel that failed to hold my attention as much as it should have. The story started off promising, Vee suffers from narcolepsy, which is something you don't read about very often and if that wasn't enough she can also "slide" into other people's minds when she has one of her episodes. I found this interesting - although I never really understood why she had this talent. Beyond her talent, I also loved Vee's personality. She was spunky, listened to rock music, liked horror movies. In short she was everything that your typical gorgeous, popular, super smart YA heroine isn't. It was nice to have a a main character that I felt I could personally relate too, even with her freaky supernatural ability. It was the mystery, however, that failed to deliver. The pacing just didn't feel right, it was very stop and go, which distracted me from the story. The book also felt really short. Everything seemed to happen so easily and I just don't think series of murders could be solved so easily and with so few obstacles. As much as I loved the characters I think more time should have been spent developing the mystery and how it all plays out. Slide, isn't a bad debut. It's interesting and unique and has some cool characters. But I think it fell short of being a great read. I would be interested to read the next book in this series to see how Hathaway develops as a writer and where else she could take these characters. The plot seemed to wrap up nicely at the end of this book so I'm not sure where this story would/could go next. Though it wasn't my favourite book I would still probably recommend it for mystery/supernatural lovers because there are some fun elements to it. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fantastic murder mystery with a supernatural twist! Wow! Slide defines what an awesome murder mystery novel should be like: twisting, original, somewhat creepy yet completely unexpected. I couldn't put this down until I was certain who the killer was, and in this rare case, it wasn't until the very end of the book! Fast-paced and enticing, this is the kind of novel you should clear your schedule for because you won't be able to stop! Not only is this one of the most surprising mysteries I've read to date (and as a girl who dreams of being the next Nancy Drew, I've read a lot!), but Slide also incorporates a really cool supernatural element too. Our fantastic, spunky, and pink-haired heroine Vee can slide into the minds of other people. She can literally see things from a person's eyes just by touching an item that belonged to them. Vee is such a multi-layered and realistically flawed character that I felt for her from the beginning, and connected with her even more as the story progressed. Each of the secondary characters — from Vee's little sister to her dad to her best friend Rollins (who was an amazingly genuine character!) — had their own little mysteries surrounding them, and that made it all the more intense to read. You also can't help but second-guess the incredibly sweet new boy, Zane, just because the sweet new boys are always suspicious. I bet that 99.9% of you won't guess the killer correctly if you were to stick with one person! My only wish is that the mystery could've been wrapped up a bit better because mysteries should be able to stand on their own (although that doesn't mean this end on a cliffhanger at all!), but other than that, Slide is definitely one of the better YA mysteries out there! ;) BUY or BORROW?: This book is a must-have for anyone who loves a great mystery — especially a riveting murder mystery with a cool supernatural element, awesome characters, and a twist at the end that will throw you off your feet! :)
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jill Hathaway "Slides" to Home Plate with her Debut! *copy provided by publisher for review* I've always been the kind of reader eager to hop into a mystery the moment I can get my hands on it. Slide by Jill Hathaway was no exception to the rule. Upon reading the pitch for Slide, I knew this was one that I'd absolutely enjoy. Jill Hathaway's story sounded like one that could not and would not disappoint me, and as it turns out all my initial expectations were, in some ways, met. Slide by Jill Hathaway posed an interesting and unique idea that instantly captivated me. Slide tells the story of one Vee Bell, a girl who suffers from narcolepsy and has the ability to "slide", which allows her to access someone else's emotions and see things through their perspective. When her sister's friend, Sophie, kills herself, Vee knows one thing for sure - it wasn't a suicide, it was a murder. How does she know? She unexpectedly "slid" into the mind of someone who was standing over Sophie's massacred body holding a knife the night she was killed. As I mentioned earlier in my review, I was extremely excited to read Jill Hathaway's Slide. It posed an interesting twist to a story that could have so easily turned into just another teen murder-mystery. It brought forth an interesting protagonist with a unique characteristic - the ability to "slide" into another person's mind and see things through their eyes. Vee, Slide's protagonist, is the possessor of this unique trait, and I found myself having a difficult time connecting with her. Vee was a very tough character for me to crack, sympathize, and even emotionally connect with. Surprisingly though, my failure to connect with Vee never disconnected or deterred me from the story, it did just the opposite. Slide's unique and exciting premise kept me on my toes, I never knew what to expect in the next chapter. Jill Hathaway managed to keep my attention through each exciting twist and turn that she tossed at me, I just couldn't find myself predicting a single event. Unfortunately, the aspects of Slide that gave this novel the facade of a contemporary title just didn't seem to interest me as much as the mysterious twists did. I found myself so enamored, so intrigued by the mysterious plot that floated over it's pages that not once did I ever find myself caring about anything else. Regrettably, the mystery's strong impact and lack of development in Slide's other aspects is what led to my less than perfect rating, despite my absolute love for the title. Slide by Jill Hathaway will certainly surprise, enlighten and excite young adult readers who adore thrillers with a twist of romance.
Date published: 2012-03-06

Editorial Reviews

“Teenage drama meets Quantum Leap in this exciting debut about secrets and murder. [D]ifficult to put down.”