Thursday, January 2, 2014

ARC Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Being Sloane Jacobs
Author: Lauren Morrill
Publication: Delacorte Press (January 7, 2014)

Description: Switching places with someone else has never been more fun than in this 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.

My Thoughts: BEING SLOANE JACOBS was a great contemporary story about switching identities in order to get away from a less than satisfactory life.

Sloane Emily Jacobs was a figure skater who messed up at Nationals and took some time off. Her father is a Senator and she walked in on him doing something really inappropriate with an aide. She doesn't know what to say to him. So going to a figure skating camp in Canada is a way to avoid talking even though it means facing her fears about skating.

Sloane Devon Jacobs is a hockey player who is having severe anger management issues and who has lost her confidence and ability on the ice. She isn't dealing at all well with her mom's stint in rehab after a drunken car crash.

When the two girls literally bump into each other in front of their hotel in Montreal the idea is born to change places. Sloane Emily is the instigator but Sloane Devon quickly sees the possibilities. Neither one thinks it will be hard to do okay at the other's sport. Both are in for rude awakenings! Each has to deal with mean girls but each makes friends and even finds a boyfriend. However, each of them is lying to the boyfriend about their identity.

I liked the dialog. Both Sloanes were well-drawn and well-rounded characters. Both were dealing the best they could with the problems in their lives and both were turning into strong, competent young women. I found the story entertaining and heart-warming.

Favorite Quote:
"Hey, if we're going to do this, we're going to do it right," Sloane says between mouthfuls of candy bar.

"I don't even think we've established that we're definitely going to do this. And there's pretty much no 'right' way to pretend to be someone else while spending a summer participating in a sport you've never played, in which the other person is supposedly a pro."
I got this ARC from Amazon Vine. You can buy your copy here.

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