Series: Slip #1
Genre: YA Fiction
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing
Published: June 8th, 2013
Page count: 394 pages
Source: From author in exchange for an honest review.
Of late, Vivien Allen’s life has cruised safely on autopilot. And safety is exactly what she clings to. Heaven knows her sixteen years have been struck with enough drama to last a lifetime. Yet while the status quo provides a sense of comfort, Vivien can’t ignore the small voice inside that yearns for something different. As junior year begins this longing is answered in the form of Christophe Laval, the young and fabulously different new French teacher. Before long an exciting yet indefinable friendship develops which complicates things considerably as she suddenly finds herself falling for Declan Mieres, the senior star lacrosse player. The need to hide the two sides of her life becomes increasingly difficult, the omissions and half-truths weighing on her conscience. When at last she resolves to change her ways, the truth is far more frightening than any lie.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
Slip is all about how the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" can be applied to people. It shows how no one is who you think he/she is even when you've spent countless of hours with them. How us, humans, are so easily swayed that we're the easiest prey in the animal kingdom. Tell us a few sweet words, exactly the ones we want to hear, and we lay down ourselves willingly at someone else's feet. We may do things with the best intentions, but not everyone is that way, and that's when things can get dangerous.
The plot of this book is good and at times surprising (won't give anything away). I often felt the need to rub my arms to shake the chilly feeling away. I knew from the start who the bad guy was, but that didn't stop me from being creeped out by how this person weasels himself into Vivienne's life. The tension is very slow to build up and at times I did question if the book was heading to where I thought it was going because Vivienne is oblivious to what is really at hand, but it's there if you pay close attention. This book isn't a suspense book though, the most part is actually full of normal teen drama and what it implies of being in a relationship. A gold mine full of great advice (thanks Ms. Hove!) .
But get prepared to be annoyed by Vivienne as well. I think this book has one of the most infuriating main characters ever. Oh, I yelled a lot with this book. At times I just wanted to jump inside and shake some sense into the girl. I couldn't believe how naïve Vivienne was. She had this serious problem of not trusting her instincts and ignoring the warning bells from her mind, not to mention her knack of pushing away the people who actually care about her, and instead, letting inside the wrong ones.
I didn't actually hate Vivienne, but she wasn't my favorite. On the other hand, I think the rest of the characters were quite interesting. I loved how they proved me wrong and made me change my mind about them when they turned out to be so much nicer and more important to the plot from what I was led to believe. Declan is a super sweet guy and even his best friend, Nathan, is not that bad. I hope you get to meet them and see what I mean.
The way Slip ends left me with mixed feelings and a huge concern for the characters. I do believe they deserve a break after all they've been through, but sadly, things are not over for them yet. And, again, the thought about it creeps me out. I shudder to think what's in store for them in the next book because, I don't know how it can get crazier than what I read here. The worst part? Things like this do happen in real life. Will be keeping my eyes open much more thanks to this book.