Book Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: ARC won in a contest by book publicist Lauren Donovan. Reviewed for my personal pleasure.
My Rating: 4/5
Summary from GoodReads:
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 a really enjoyable book. I have always been a fan of figure skating, so I definitely had no problem with wanting to read the book. In fact, I loved the movie “Cutting Edge” when I was younger, so the whole hockey player trying to be a figure skater angle was right up my alley. The hockey and figure skating scenes in the book were really fun to read. I really loved seeing the girls out of their element, trying to figure out how to hide that they had no clue what they were doing.
The chapters in the book went back and forth between each girl’s point of view. I’m normally not a big fan of changing points of view in a book, but this one really worked. You got to see how each girl was doing at the different camps. While the girls were so different when it came to their personalities and the lives they came from, they were going through similar problems. They were trying to keep everyone from finding out that they were not who they said they were, but at the same time getting through the problems that made them switch in the first place.
On that note, I really loved both Sloanes. Sloane D. came from a hard situation and needed hockey to go to college. Only her life at home was making it difficult for her to focus and she’s become angry, which is why she is sent to camp in the first place. Sloane E. seems to live a charmed life with her wealthy parents, one of whom is senator. But a family secret is weighing on her and it’s affecting her skating, which she isn’t even sure she wants to do anymore. Both girls want out of the life they currently have and when they meet, it’s like fate! I liked to see their interactions with each other from both of their points of view. It’s really interesting how they each see the other in the beginning and then at the end of the book.
Now, I will say that some of it is hard to believe. Despite the fact that it’s been a while since Sloane E. has competed, I can’t believe that no one at the skate camp knows that she looks like. So that part was kind of a stretch for me. I mean, her dad is a senator and they are in the paper or on tv a lot. Not to mention the fact that no way is one cram session enough to learn about either hockey or figure skating. So how they really thought they could pull it off is kind of crazy, especially considering the fact that they actually did it. I also felt like the romance wasn’t really that developed. I really like Sloane’s D.’s boy. He was really sweet and mature, and he seemed like a real person. I really wanted to see more of them and learn more of their back story. Sloane E.’s boy, on the other hand, I was kind of ambivalent about. The fact that he was a player in the past and is now just ‘reformed’ is just so odd to me! And there was no talking about it, no explanation about it at all. It was just, ‘That’s not me anymore’. I’m sorry, but when it comes to teenage boys, I just don’t buy it. I can’t believe that Sloane E. bought it either.
Overall, it was a good read. I really loved the story and the girls. It was a light read and had some really great moments in it, especially as the girls learned about who they really were as people. The Sloanes became friends through the whole thing and I think that’s what I loved most of all. Despite it’s faults, I enjoyed it immensely. I think I’ve become a fan of Lauren Morrill. I will be checking out her books in the future.
What do you guys think? It’s my first real review. I hope you enjoyed it!