Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Being Sloane Jacobs

Being Sloane Jacobs
Lauren Morrill

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. (via Goodreads)

I have seen reviews praising this book; causing me to have very high expectations for it. Sadly my expectations weren’t met.
Due to the fact I HATE giving a book a bad review lets start with the parts of the book I liked. Growing up my favorite movie was the Parent Trap with Lindsey Lohan. That aspect of the book was done well enough however I wish we had an extra chapter on how they taught each other about themselves. Another part of this book I loved was the opposite social backgrounds and home life they had. While Sloane Devon loved Hockey she also knew it was her ticket into college. Oppositely Sloane Emily was being forced back into figure skating by her parents and didn’t have her heart in it anymore. One of the reasons I feel like I didn’t like the book was I couldn’t connect to it. The only time I’ve ever had a pair of ice skates on was when I went to Vancouver, I was 6, I skated around one of those rinks they put up in the winter pushing a chair; I’ve never skied, snowboarded basically if the activity involves snow I’ve never done it. Ice skating/hockey played suck a huge part in this book that I didn’t really get. A second reason, the bigger reason, I didn’t love this book was that it was dry. Yes the story line was good but the humor was non-existent.


3 stars

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