January 5, 2014 by Alice in Readerland
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.
Special thanks to the publisher, Random House/Delacorte, for giving me this title in exchange for an honest review. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill will arrive in stores January 7th, 2014.
I love the idea of switching places with someone (yes, I was a major fan of The Parent Trap as a kid), so I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of Being Sloane Jacobs and I definitely was not disappointed. This book is so cute and funny, and I love the way the dual narration was handled. I can be cautious about dual narration because there are so many books where it doesn’t work for me, but the dual narration was solid in this one. Both Sloanes had their own unique voice, their own insecurities that were slowly revealed, and were both equally easy to connect to.
I also enjoyed how the characters really developed throughout the story. When the two Sloane’s first meet, they don’t exactly get along…
…and they both think that they got the better deal in the trade-off. After all, how hard can it be to dance around the ice in spandex? Or chase a puck around with a stick? But Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon grow to respect each other and their different sports. Their initial reactions to how hard the other sport had to train were hilarious, but what I really loved was how determined they became to succeed in the different sport (both for the other Sloane and for themselves). Their stubbornness to succeed in something that wasn’t their specialty made me totally love their characters. Sure, these girls don’t cart around bow-and-arrows or scale buildings, but they sure felt kick-butt to me.
I also love all the little details about the sports in this book. You could really tell that Lauren either knew a lot about figure skating or ice hockey from personal experience, or did a ton of research, which is always awesome to find in a book. The ending was also funny and perfect. I can’t say anything else about it without spoiling it, but I loved it.
If you are looking for the perfect, feel-good book to kick off 2014 with, Being Sloane Jacobs is definitely it!