Published by Delacorte on January 7th 2014
Also by this author: The Trouble with Destiny, My Unscripted Life
Reading Challenges: Backlist Reading Challenge
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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.
After reading “Being Sloane Jacobs,” I can now say that I’ve read all three of Lauren Morrill’s novels. “Meant to Be” is by far my personal favorite, but I found this one to be a fast paced and charming read. I mentioned in my review of Rachael Allen’s book “The Revenge Playbook” that writing multiple POV’s of female characters can be extremely difficult. Morrill’s novel didn’t have four female voices, it had two but I still found both voices to feel very authentic. Though they share the same name, they are polar opposites and decide to trade lives for the summer in order to escape their respective lives for awhile. Despite the fact that they aren’t long lost sisters, I can still understand why comparisons were made to the classic movie “The Parent Trap.” I think you should read this if you’re looking for a light contemporary YA book that has two beautiful settings, hockey, ice skating, first loves, family, and friendship.
Out of Sloane Devin and Sloane Emily, I personally connected more with Sloane Devin. I’m not a tomboy or athletic the way that she is, but I still loved her personality and sense of humor. She was ridiculously witty and I found myself laughing at the pop culture references she makes more than once. That’s not to say that the other Sloane isn’t interesting, she’s far from being boring. I just found the first girls voice to be more likable as a whole. I enjoyed both of the girls experiences at their respective camps, but ice skating camp with Sloane Devin was pretty hilarious, especially Andy, a skater she befriends. He brought a lot of humor to the table, I loved him the start! Sloane Emily meets a few friends at hockey camp, but the main relationship explored during her chapters was the one between her and Matt. I liked Matt, but at the same time, he felt TOO perfect at times. I understand why the author did this, but I still found it hard to fully LOVE the romance since it wasn’t totally believable to me.
Do you like YA contemporary books about sports, specifically hockey and ice skating? Then you’ve probably already read this book. If you haven’t, then I suggest that you do. Is it completely flawless? Nope, far from it. But in the end, it’s still a cute read that won’t take you long at all to devour.
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