Thursday, June 26, 2014

Being Sloane Jacobs {by Lauren Morrill}

Title: Being Sloane Jacobs
Author: Lauren Morrill
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Received via 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.

Man, I ended up putting this off for a long time because, well, you know how it is. Too many things to read, not nearly enough time. But I ended up enjoying this one a lot more than I thought I would. It was definitely an adorable, fun read.

I'm not saying anything about this seemed realistic. There is no way in heck anyone could actually pull this off. But I didn't let that bother me. Also, it was pretty predictable. But as long as you don't let that bother you either, this book was very enjoyable.

Sloane Emily is a politician's daughter. Her mother is sending her to a figure skating camp so she can make her "comeback", but Sloane doesn't want to. Sloane Devon is a hockey player, who is getting sent to hockey camp for being too aggressive. So when the two Sloanes meet, they decide to just switch lives, because easy peasy nothing could go wrong with that.

The writing of this one was very well-done. The story alternates between both girls, and Morrill did an excellent job of keeping them separate and individual. Both of them had unique voices, and it wasn't overwhelming, figuring out who was who and keeping track of characters. I also loved the descriptions of the skating and hockey. They were detailed and vivid, and added another dimension to the story that kept it from being just another sappy romance. 

The romance between Matt and Sloane Emily was very Insta-lovey. There didn't seem to be much basis or reason to it. Sloane Devon and Nando were a bit better, being someone she has known before, but not much. But thankfully, the story wasn't solely focused on the romantic aspect. 

The character growth is very apparent in this one. It was definitely fun to see the girls grow and realize who they each were. To see how they had grown and changed through each other's eyes was also interesting. 

This is definitely a fun, cute read. It was adorable and entertaining, and I would definitely recommend it.

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1 comment:

  1. This one was a super fun read. Not too substantial, but I'm glad you liked it! I read it a while ago but still remember having a lot of fun with it!

    Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers