Author: Lauren Morrill
Publication date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: e-ARC via Edelweiss / Finished copy bought from Fully Booked
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.
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Being Sloane Jacobs is about two girls with the same name who both want to escape their complicated lives. One day, figure skater Sloane Emily Jacobs and hockey player Sloane Devon Jacobs bump into each other at a hotel in Montreal. Upon discovering that they’re both going to skating camp (Sloane Emily) and hockey camp (Sloane Devon), they grab the chance to live an unfamiliar life and decide to switch places.
Fresh, witty, and honest, Lauren Morrill’s writing would charm its way to anyone who reads her stories. Her words sound natural and effortless. Authentic emotions drip from her characters’ voices that explain how simple conversations become meaningful.
Adorned with relatable characters and plausible situations, Being Sloane Jacobs certainly won’t disappoint. This novel truly encapsulates the ups and downs of teenage life—falling in love, fitting in, family drama, low self-esteem, and a string of other teenage obstacles. Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon each have interesting thoughts. Every chapter carefully describes the lives of both characters showing elements that make them different from each other yet so much alike. Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon’s lives blend well together so their switch makes perfect sense. Moreover, the alternating POVs offer fresh and exciting adventures. Having said that, reading this book was a lot of fun! The romance is appealing especially that of Sloane Emily and Matt. I swooned over Matt’s sweet words and good looks. Such a lovable, charming guy!
Aside from the delightful things I mentioned, I also find Being Sloane Jacobs an inspiring read. The story conveys that getting out of a person’s shell leads to becoming a better version of one’s self. Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon both have varied interests. And with their switch, they are challenged to try something new—something way out of their comfort zone. The outcome? Both girls discovered they could do things they never thought they could. It’s really just a matter of being fearless to welcome change. Well, you never know until you try, right?
A cheerful, entertaining novel, Being Sloane Jacobs characterizes a story that is worth reading. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a light and amusing contemporary YA experience.