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This novel starts off allowing us to get to know the back-story of both of the Sloane Jacobs. They both have lost their skating mojo in their respective sports and are sent to skate camps in Montreal for different reasons. There they legitimately run into each other and hatch a plan straight out of the Parent Trap. No, they're not related, but they both know how to skate and they happen to look alike. Plus, the same name makes it easy, no? Sloane Devon gives up her hockey skates to switch with the figure-skating Sloane Emily and the hilariousness ensues. I have to say that it was beautiful to watch both girls grow through their newly respective sports. The scenes that took place on the ice were wonderfully descriptive and I often found myself re-reading them because of this. Seeing Sloane Emily hip-check a bully twice her size while Sloane Devon learned how to put trust in a partner while being yelled at by her Russia coach, Katinka, exemplified amazing character growth. This was something that Morrill did beautifully. Morrill's side characters were amazing as well. When it came to Sloane Devon's time at figure-skating camp, I often found myself looking forward to scenes with Andy--a sassy figure skater who never ceased to put a smile on my face. Such strong characterization, however, is not evident in characters like Ivy who are entirely one-dimensional and your typical textbook bully. For the most part, all characters managed to wow me with their depth, though.
I also really enjoyed the slight romance found in both girl's lives.Read more ›
Morrill's Meant to Be was a sweet, read-in-one-sitting type of read and Being Sloane Jacobs hits the same notes. The story centers on there being two girls named Sloane Jacobs, one a figure skater and the other a hockey player. In a Freaky-Friday-esque scene, they run into each other and decide to switch places. (The premise is quite far-fetched, that there would be two people with such an odd name (especially for a girl) and that they would look enough alike to pass for the other.) Both girls are struggling with personal/family issues as well as with their respective sports.
Overall a quick, easy read that was a pleasant change of pace. While the storyline feels very familiar, and the plot follows a predictable path, it was still an enjoyable, innocent read (there is no profanity or anything more than kissing).
Sloane Emily Jacobs has been out of the figure skating circuit for a while, but her mother insists this intensive camp in Canada is the perfect place for her to get back in the game. While Sloane E wants nothing to do with skating anymore, at least not competitively, she is willing to go to the camp just to get away from her politician father and the tension between him and the family. Always the obediant daughter, Sloane E is having trouble these days being the perfect girl his political career demands. Especially when their family is anything but perfect.
Sloane Devon Jacobs has the yips. Everyone thinks she is just one seriously tough hockey player, but all the checking and aggression is just hiding the fact that she can't make a shot. She can get the puck lined up for the perfect shot, but every time she gets there, she chokes. When she takes it out on a deserving loud-mouthed player, her coach decides she needs to spend a little time a hockey boot camp in Canada. When her father supports the idea, Sloane D feels like she is damaged goods being shipped off and out of the way, just like her mother. Since the camp is Sloane D's only way to keep playing hockey and hopefully get the scholarship that will be her only one-way ticket out of Philly and into a better life, she will do it. But she isn't happy about it.
Then something happens. Sloane E and Sloane D crash into one another. Literally.Read more ›
I just love the premise of Being Sloane Jacobs. Two girls with the same name who meet and decide to switch lives for the rest of the summer? It's such a fun idea! I love how figure skating and hockey are incorporated into the book, too. I haven't read many YA books about ice skating, and I loved getting to learn about it in this book.
The two main narrators are both so unique and hilarious. I could easily relate to Sloane E. and her struggle between pleasing her family and doing what she enjoys. Sloane D., on the other hand, has a tougher and more aggressive personality, but this just made me like her even more. She has a funny sense of humor. I really love that both Sloanes have very different voices and personalities; I never got them confused at all. Morrill excels at writing two separate and distinct POVs in this book. Most authors can't accomplish this feat very well, but I was impressed with Morrill's ability to make both voices stand out.
The plot is very fast-paced and lighthearted. Of course, one must overlook the fact that in real life, the two Sloanes would have never been able to switch places without being found out right away. If you can get past that and simply enjoy the story, it's full of laughter and entertainment. I like how there's also some serious moments mixed in, though. Both Sloanes are running away from something in their life and trying to discover themselves, and there's a lovely coming-of-age theme about what it truly means to grow up.
This was an all-around fun, romantic read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute, quick, fluffy. A surprising amount of fun. Doesn't require much thinking to enjoy which isn't completely a bad thing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amelia de Leon
This was a fun YA novel. It's been awhile since I read it but this switching places novel did not disappoint.
Rating: PG to PG-13
This is a very interesting "switch" story where two girls with practically the same name decide to switch places. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Starlíe Cruz
The two Sloanes decide to see if the grass is greener on the other side by switching places for the summer. The writing was smart yet relatable. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Book 'Em Danno
I received this e-galley from NetGalley and Delacorte BFYR in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Even though my feelings towards Morrill's debut novel Meant To Be were fairly lukewarm, there was two things about Being Sloane Jacobs that enticed me to read it: ice skating... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
I loved this book! Great characters coupled with fantastic voices as well as a struggle to figure out what they wanted for themselves. This was a terrific new author find for me! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Star
Being Sloane Jacobs is another cute book from Lauren Morrill with another cute cover! There were a lot of things that I liked about BSJ but I would have to say that my favorite... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Valerie Pennington
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