Published by Delacorte Press on January 7th 2014
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.
Gosh! Being Sloane Jacobs was just the type of read I needed (even though I didn’t know it myself). It was such a cute and fun read, the type of read where you’re supposed to cut back on the thinking and rationalizing, just go with the flow and enjoy the ride. I finished reading it in no time and managed to giggle and snort very unladylike throughout most of the book.
The plot was very fast-paced and really light-hearted. The concept was a bit unlikely to happen, and will most likely require some suspension of disbelief from the reader. It had a few plot holes and the general plausibility of the plot can easily be called into question. Though I found that these were easily overlooked. The novel was just so entertaining! It has a certain charm and it just worked for me.
The main thing I loved about this book were The Sloanes. Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon are both good characters and are easy to love. Their antics and pranks made their characters and at times were just plain adorable. The narration is done in a splendid way that makes both girls easy to relate to. Both the girl’s voices were entrancing and unique in their own way. The world of Ice Hockey and Figure Skating came across in a good and at times humorous way.
The story mainly focusses on the girls. Their friendship and bond grows throughout the story, while at the same time they learn to overcome life’s obstacles. While there are summer romances going on (quite swoonable romances), its not the main focus of the story. The romance was fun and cute, but -thank you!- not the most important thing going on in their lives.
Like I mentioned before, a few things are simplified in the novel, but it still comes in a nice and entertaining package. It was a good read, fun and light, that had me smiling and left me with cosy and comfortable feeling. It was everything I was looking for, a somewhat fluffy read that allowed me to turn of the thinking progress my mind on zero and let the feels overrule.
The ending is quite convenient, tidy, and wrapped up very nicely. You might say that -and this was just such an adorable way to put it that yet I am borrowing these words- this story will charm the skates right off of you. Coming from a great voice in YA, I can’t wait to dig into some of Lauren Morrill’s other works.