Book Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

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Book to Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Stars: ★★★★ (real rating: 3.5/5)
Source: c/o NetGalley

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.

Review: Remember Tara Lipinski? No? It’s okay, I know its been awhile since you heard that name. She was the figure skater that won the gold at the 1996 Olympics in figure skating and proceeded to fall off the face of the earth. (Sidenote: Ok, almost. Apparently she was on the Today Show last month.)

And I also bet you remember the Parent Trap, where cute little Lindsay Lohan switched places with, well, cute other little Lindsay Lohan. Now if you add those two together with some hockey pucks, you get the basis of this book.

Being Sloane Jacobs brings together two young ladies with the same name (first and last) when they collide in a hotel, literally. When they realize they share the same name, they decide to swap lives for the summer.

Sloane Emily is a figure skater, while Sloane Devon is a hockey player. Sloane Emily is prim and proper. Sloane Devon is more of a rough-and-tumble-tomboy type. Both girls are dealing with parental issues (think affairs and alcholoism) and their summer allows them to escape from reality.

Overall, It’s a quick read that’s full of feel-goodness. What I felt like was missing the most from this book was depth. It didn’t go quite far enough in dealing with the tough issues that teen girls deal with – parents splitting up, substance abuse, lying, cheating, bullying, but instead skimmed over many of the topics.

If you’re in the market for a YA that ends on a high note and is sports themed without being too serious, this book is calling your name.

Have you read any good YAs lately? If not, what book are you reading now?


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