Published by Delacorte on January 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review .
About Lauren Morrill. . .
Lauren Elizabeth Morrill is many things, including, but not limited to, a writer, an educator, a badass roller derby skater, a former band nerd, an aggressive driver, and a die-hard Mac person. She also watches a lot of TV, eats a lot of junk food, and drinks a lot of Coke. It’s a wonder her brain and teeth haven’t rotted out of her head.
Being Sloane Jacobs was my first book by Lauren Morrill that I’ve read and it certainly won’t be my last. In fact, I now own Meant to Be and I can’t wait to read it.
I really enjoyed this contemporary young adult novel. All of the elements, especially the Parent Trap and Prince & the Pauper-like attributes that are evident throughout the story. I also really liked how figure skating and ice hockey are involved, mainly because those two sports are rarely evident in young adult books. At least ones that I’ve read. Being Sloane Jacobs is a fun read that is easy to relate to. Who hasn’t wanted to escape their lives, even for a little bit? I love that I was able to relate to Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon, each in different ways. Both girls, while they share the same first and last name, proved to be two completely different people, on a journey of rediscovering who they are outside of their daily lives.
While the events in this book are hard to believe and most likely wouldn’t happen in real life, that’s the fun of it. Sometimes we all need a little disbelief in our lives and Being Sloane Jacobs has just that. So prepare yourself to get lost in the world of ice hockey and figure skating.
Being Sloane Jacobs hits shelves Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 so be sure to pick up or download your copy and enjoy getting to know both Sloane Jacobs.
4 out of 5 stars.