Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: eARC, 256 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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A new novel about following your dreams . . . and finding your heart from the author of Meant to Be. Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure skater 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 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 and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she's the lucky one. 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.
In Review: My Thoughts
After reading and falling in love with Lauren Morrill’s Meant to Be in 2012, I was thrilled when I was approved for an ARC of Being Sloane Jacobs. I adore Lauren’s writing style and her character development and just knew I would adore Being Sloane Jacobs. I was absolutely right.
Being Sloane Jacobs is the story of two girls with the same name, but very different backgrounds, interests and attitudes. Sloane Emily Jacobs is a girlie girl figure skater. Sloane Devon Jacobs is a tomboy ice hockey player. Their paths cross in an unexpected way and they build a friendship. As they do have a strong resemblance to each other and neither of them is particularly happy in their current situation, they also decide to swap lives for awhile. Both of them are heading off to a training camp, so it should be relatively easy to fool people who don’t know them. They educate each other about the other’s hobby and go their separate ways. Is the storyline a long shot? Sure. Did that stop it from being absolutely adorable and charming? Not even close.
I loved the characters in this book! Both Sloanes were wonderful. They were real and easy to connect with. Because the book is written from the perspective of both Sloanes, the reader gets a great glimpse inside each of their heads and really comes to understand the struggles they’re each going through on and off the ice. The love interests in the story, Matt and Nando, were both swoony and adorable. The romance was believable and sweet in that teenage “first love” way. It progressed naturally and the couples were a great fit. It all just left me with a huge smile on my face.
If you’re a fan of young adult contemporaries, figure skating and happily ever afters, you’ll adore this book as much as I did. It was fun, not overly angsty, utterly charming book. I can’t wait for more from Lauren Morrill. She’s rapidly becoming one of my favorite YA contemporary authors.