Being Sloane Jacobsby Lauren Morrill (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Delacourt, Random House on January 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Lauren Morrill’s Debut Meant To Be was one of my favorite books last year. It was cute, fun and so damn romantic. So, of course I was eager to pick up Being Sloane Jacobs, and hoped that it would be as amazing as Meant To Be.
2 Girls – 1 Name – 1 chance to escape!
What is the chance that you meet a girl with exactly your name (take out your middle name) and who’s passion is also sport on ice? Slim to none! Yet Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon meet in a hotel when they are both on their way to summer camp. As similar as their names are, as different are their characters and their life, yet but are eager to escape both for different reasons! So they form a plan to switch places and hope to escape their problems for a few weeks.
Same Name – Different Attitude!
I loved how different the girls were. Sloane Devon the Ice Hockey player is all rough and full of spunk and attitude, while Sloane Emily is more quite and soft. The story is alternating between the both girls and I was initially scared to be confused by their similar names, yet their personality made it was to keep track on who is who. Lauren Morrill definitely did a wonderful job painting two distinct characters with different background and voices.
You can’t escape your Problems forever!
Of course, as much as the girls want to escape their life and problems, they have to deal with them at some point. Just by switching places doesn’t make your life suddenly easier and slowly the begin to realize just this. However, the form new friendships and also finally and wonderfully found love and romance, yet of course not without some drama. The story itself was cute and nice, but it didn’t completely win me over and sucked me in. Additionally the concept felt like a little far-fetched, just because you can stand on skates it’s not like you suddenly can play either figure skating or play hockey. Plus, they were both supposed to be super talented so there was no one who really questioned their identity. The romance also was more lukewarm and also didn’t help to totally absorb me.
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill was a cute story about two girls who would love to escape their families and problems and end up switching places. Lauren Morrill creates tow wonderfully distinct characters, which makes the alternating POV’s easy to follow. However, it lacked the final spark, the one that catches you and sucks you into a story.