Being Sloane Jacobs – Lauren Morrill

Untitled-1Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Published
January 7th 2014 by Delacorte
Source: eARC via Netgalley

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.

This was the perfect book to get me in the mood for the winter Olympics. I mean what could be better than a book that has both hockey and figure skating? Then throw in some parent trap-esque switching and you have this fun book! The premise of the book was entertaining and different as well as heart warming and swoony. Both Sloanes have problems in their personal lives that drive them to the separate camps but also for them to desire to switch places and be someone new. It was so fun to read about girls coming from not only different skating backgrounds but different societal classes.

I loved the varying family dynamics that each girl had. Both girls have problems with their families that they end up helping each other with. Each girl had her own swoony boy. I loved that this book included a love interest of color. It is refreshing to see that YA is going towards more racial diverse characters and relationships. Mixed race couples are common and seeing that reflected in this book, as well as other books, makes me happy. The other love interest was “bad boy turned good”. While this is repeatedly done in YA, I always enjoy it when done right.

One thing that did not work for me in this book is I felt that both narrators had the same voice. Even though each chapter switched from one to the other, I found myself questioning whose point of view I was reading. The duel narration was needed for the story, I just each girl had a more distinct voice. It usually wasn’t until hockey or figure skating was brought up (and even then I was still lost sometimes!)

Overall this was a quick, cute read that is perfect for anyone looking for a post-Olympics read.

Rating
4star

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