I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on January 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.
Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.
When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.
What I Thought…
- If you like The Parent Trap, Being Sloane Jacobs is for you. It’s super cute and fun and adorable.
- I was worried that I would get Sloane Devon and Sloane Emily mixed up as they share the same name, however Morrill does such a wonderful job with the dual narration. Both Sloane’s have such different voices that it was easy to tell them apart (plus one was at hockey camp, one was at ice skating camp).
- Sloane D and Sloane E run into each other (literally) in a hotel in Canada while they are staying before heading to camp the next day. Sloane D (hockey player) is having a hard time playing and living up to the expectations that she is a hero while Sloane E (ice skater) isn’t sure she wants to return to ice skating after her collapse due to a sensitive family issue. Neither Sloane wants to deal with what’s going on in their life so switching sounds like a great idea.
- The Cutting Edge is one of my favorite movies of all time. If you haven’t seen it – run, go now! It’s about a concussion riddled hockey player that can’t play hockey so he starts figure skating. It’s amazing. Watching Sloane D go from hockey player to figure skater was that kind of awesome. Watching Sloane E go from figure skater to hockey player was even more awesome.
- I absolutely loved how both Sloane’s came into their own by pretending to be each other. Both Sloane’s had family and personal issues that they were running away from and stepping into someone else’s shoes helped them learn about themselves and find who they really are.
- The boys for Sloane E and Sloane D are cute and fun, but romance isn’t at the top of the list in Being Sloane Jacobs. There were a couple of really cute moments between Sloane E and her boy of choice.
- The ending was the wrapped up in a bow kind, but fit the story perfectly so no complaints!