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.
Pages: 352 pages
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Being Sloane Jacobs follows two girls, Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon, who end up switching places. I personally preferred Sloane Devon’s point-of-view over Sloane Emily’s. I enjoyed both, but I thought Sloane Devon was easier to relate to and made better choices. I was more attached to her experience and I was rooting for her to be successful throughout the entire book. Sloane Emily was also a great character, but some of the decisions she made frustrated me.
The romance for each girl was so adorable! I think I actually preferred Sloane Emily’s relationship with Matt, a fellow hockey player. Their interactions were super sweet and I loved how Matt tried to win Sloane Emily over. For Sloane Devon, she connects with an old friend and their relationship was fun to read about, especially since they had a past together (something I always think is super sweet).
One main thing I loved was how Being Sloane Jacobs emphasized staying true to yourself. Both characters grew so much over the course of the book. That was one of my favorite aspects to read about.
The only complaint I have is that a few things in this book weren’t very believable. I doubted that both of the Sloane’s would be able to adjust to each other’s sports so quickly and be as good at them as they were. I didn't mind too much, though, since it was such a fun read.
Lastly, the setting in this book is amazing! One thing I really enjoyed about Lauren Morrill’s previous book, Meant To Be, was the setting of France. Being Sloane Jacobs takes place primarily in Montreal and from the way it was described, it sounds beautiful. I’d love to see all the sights in the city, and the author does such a great job at depicting everything.
The ending made me laugh out loud and was perfect for the book. I finished it so satisfied and happy with how everything had turned out. I’d recommend this to anyone who's looking for a super cute, fun read! I’ll read anything that Lauren Morrill writes :) I’d give Being Sloane Jacobs 4 out of 5 flowers.