REVIEW: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

May 4, 2016

 

Synopsis: 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.

 

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sports, Romance

 

Favorite Quote: " 'Wannawatchamovietonight?' I say it so fast it all comes out as one long, newly invented word (country of origin: Swoonistan; meaning: 'to swoon so hard as to be rendered incapable of enunciation'). "

 

Rating: ★★★★☆ / 4 absolutely adorable stars!!!

 

Review: Someone call Disney Channel, they need to make this into a movie, now! It's funny, adorable and sweet, mixed with some hijinks and a touch of coming-of-age...what more could you want in a young adult book?

 

I want to make a quick note that this book is a solid young adult book. It doesn't venture into New Adult or what anyone would consider an 18+ range. This is neither a good nor bad thing, but sometimes you're never sure where the story is going to take you, and sometimes you're looking for an "age-appropriate" book as a gift, etc. This is that book.

 

Being Sloane Jacobs is definitely a funny twist on The Parent Trap, except it's a in reverse (sort of) and our heroines aren't related. A chance meeting sets our dueling Sloanes up in each other's lives and as can be expected dramedy ensues. As nearly complete opposite personalities, and different types of ice skaters, they must each learn new skills on the ice, but of course the story is more about what they need to learn off the ice. Lesson's about the other girl that then translate into their own complicated lives. It all adds up to a very heartwarming story about life, love, and family.

 

To keep it even more interesting, added to our double Sloanes, are a mix of great secondary characters. Mostly fun new friends, an arch-nemesis, and adorable romantic interests. The end result was a lovely book that wasn't overcomplicated or messy. It was just right. The perfect book for a delightful days reading. I highly recommend.

 

Can I also add that I love the name Sloane. As an '80s baby and lover of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, something that the author makes not of, I was so happy to have not one, but two main characters with the name! OK, now I'm done.

 

 

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