BEING SLOANE JACOBS by Lauren Morrill
Published: January 7, 2014 by Delacorte
It's out on my half birthday and I'm mentioned in the acknowledgements! Perfect present for being 31.5! Haha.
THE SYNOPSIS: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.
FIVE REASONS TO READ BEING SLOANE JACOBS:
- The cover! Because: duh. Just like Meant To Be, it's a great one. Colorful & cute, skyline perfection.
- It's sort of like the Parent Trap with the swap & social class differences, except the swap is more about escape and the girls themselves.
- The POV swap is done really well. I rarely read a book that rotates between characters' voices without being confused about which person I'm reading at some point. Not so in BSJ.
- I don't know a lot about hockey or figure skating beyond the basics, but it sure seems like Lauren Morrill does! The sports were easy to follow and interesting, without taking over the whole story.
- The ending won't leave you hanging. If that's your thing, you'll be happy. :)