Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: Being Sloan Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Being Sloan Jacobs
By: Lauren Morrill
Pub. Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 352
Source: Netgalley

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.
 I received this galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children's.

Think parent trap, except they aren't twins, they just share the same name. Sloane Emily Jacobs is a figure skater and Sloane Devon Jacobs is a hockey player. When they meet, the decide to switch places to deal with the stresses in their life. They figure it would be a nice break for both of them. I don't know how switching places with someone would not be more stressful than being themselves, but whatever. What follows is a cute, easy read, but also very predictable. I found myself getting bored and skipping through the story a lot. I will say that the two POV where done nicely. I always knew who was talking, and never had to look back at the beginning of the chapter to find out whose point of view I was reading.

While at the other Sloan Jacobs camp, they make friends and get boyfriends. I love how dedicated they were to their sport, and the other Sloan's sport. It takes a lot to be on the ice, especially playing sports on it and jumping around on it. But other than that, the story fell flat for me, and as I said earlier, very predictable. There was nothing that really stood out for me, and after reading the first chapter, I knew how the story was going to end.

The synopsis made me thing this book had so much potential, but unfortunately, it wasn't for me. This was my first Lauren Morrill book, but she has such a huge fan base, maybe I will try her other book. 

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