Book: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Published Date: January 7th, 2014
Source/Format: Borrowed from the Library || Hardcover
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
For a quick summary of what I think and if I recommend this book, check out the Final Thoughts section!
It Was Like The Parent Trap
The Parent Trap is such a good movie with a solid storyline. It is always fun and enjoyable to read about characters who are going outside of their comfort zone. This book is pretty much just that. Sloane Emily tries to play Hockey and Sloane Devon figure skating. I liked following them on their journey!
It Is All About Friendship
Recently, I have been reading a lot of books that did not focus on friendship, but instead romance. This book, although it may say it has romance involved, it really isn’t. There were no romantic feels or swoon moments for me (maybe one, but it was short and irrelevant) which put a damper on that. The focus on how a relationship builds between the two Sloane’s is really nice. Its also awesome because they aren’t best friends, just friends. They are learning about each other and their lives, so that growth was nice to see and feel a part of.
The Parallel Storylines
This was what got me really annoyed. The storyline of Sloane Devon and Sloane Emily were exactly the same, but even worse, they were parallel to one another. First off, nothing in this storyline was exciting or interesting enough for one character, let alone two. I am not really sure why I ended up finishing this book, but it was well written. I am pretty sure most people looked over the fact that the storylines were the same. It confused me because they should have had completely different experiences, but in both there are bullies, a hot boy, a point of getting in trouble, pretending to converse with the other Sloane’s parent, and so on and so on. Blah, boring.
It Was Beyond Unrealistic
Ok, I am not even talking about the whole concept, because of course that is unrealistic, but the fact that there was no struggle at all with learning a whole new sport was an issue. There is no way in hell that Sloane Devon was able to get on the ice and be able to do spins and jumps of any sort right away. Failure was such an uninvolved topic throughout the entire book. It was mentioned, but in the long run, the only problems the girls had were social issues. IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.
Both of the Sloane’s
Come up short as characters
This book is boring
- I don’t recommend this book
- It was a fun concept but executed really poorly
- The only reason it is receiving this rating from me is because I was able to finish it, and directly upon finishing I enjoyed it
- 20 minutes later I was mad (lol)
I was so excited to find a book about Ice sports, but this was a let down to me. What do you all think about this one?