Mon, January 13, 2014

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill Review

Being Sloane Jacobsbook cover

Being Sloane Jacobsbook cover

Being Sloane Jacobs
By Lauren Morrill
Publication date: Jan. 7, 2014
Delacorte, 352 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

If this book wouldn’t make for a PERFECT Disney Channel movie, I don’t know what would!

Being Sloane Jacobs tells the story of two girls, both named Sloane Jacobs, whose paths cross by mistake in Montreal. One is going to hockey camp, the other figure-skating camp. They switch places, seeing their chance meeting as an opportunity to escape the pressures of their sports and start anew.

And, of course, shenanigans ensue. They’re plenty of lies, misunderstands, hijinks, fun, romance, personal growth and more.

Sure, the “this would never happen” factor came into play — the switcheroo went a little too smoothly. But it was one of those situations where you’re just like: “Whatevs, this is fun!” I know younger teens especially will absolutely adore this one.

Bonus: It’s about girls who play sports. There’s not enough of that in YA. And, double bonus: PS: Is this cover not gorgeous?! Love it!

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  1. Allie @ Little Birdie Books said:

    That cover is one of the things that made me want to read the book in the first place. Just look at the pretty colours!

    This kind of reminds me of all the Disney movies that have come before (The Parent Trap, Monte Carlo, It Takes Two) but I loved all of those dearly so reading a book in the same ballpark is right up my street XD

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    Anna Reply:

    Totally — very much in line with those. And OMG yes, re: It Takes Two. Haven’t thought of that one in ages, but very similar to this!

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  2. Heidi @ YA Bibliophile said:

    Just got the audiobook of this one! Can’t wait to check it out 🙂

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    Anna Reply:

    Ooh, I think this would be a good one for audiobook. Hope you enjoy!

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  3. Sarah/appifanie said:

    WAIT.

    So it’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I’m not sure I approve any more.

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    Anna Reply:

    HA, well, I see what you mean — but it’s a TOTALLY different vibe.

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    Sarah/appifanie Reply:

    Is it? That’s good because I totally want to read it 🙂

    Of course, I was afraid to read “Another Little Piece of My Heart” because I thought it would be too much like “Audrey, Wait!” but they are both separate kinds of awesome.

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    Anna Reply:

    Oh! I think I need to read “Another Little Piece of My Heart” — I keep meaning to but forget!

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  4. Jessica said:

    When I first heard the plot of this book, The Parent Trap was the first thing that I thought, the second thing was “I want iiiittttt!” It’s sounds like a fun read and I’m looking forward to trying it! 🙂

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    Anna Reply:

    The Parent Trap = the FAVE of my childhood!

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  5. Heather said:

    I’ve read a couple of it her reviews on this book and the more I read the more I’m interested in reading it. And now I’m more interested in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

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    Anna Reply:

    That book is really awesome — definitely look it up!

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  6. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I really liked this one too! Definitely not believable, but like you, I just kinda shrugged, smiled, and kept on reading. I would love to see this as a Disney movie. It would be awesome!! And you’re right we need more female athletes in YA.

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    Anna Reply:

    YES! Miranda Kenneally writes a lot, but I have a hard time coming up with any more.

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  7. D. @ The Nerdy Journalist said:

    I added “Being Sloane Jacobs” to my to-read list yesterday.
    It does sound a lot like a Disney Channel movie 🙂 It’s a cross between “The Parent Trap” and “Go Figure.”

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    Anna Reply:

    Definitely — hope you enjoy!

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  8. Lisa @ Lisa Likes Books said:

    As if I didn’t want to read this enough. You totally won me over with the Disney Channel comment. I might head to the store right now, honestly.

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    Anna Reply:

    Love it!

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  9. Alexa S. said:

    Yes, this would TOTALLY make an awesome Disney Channel movie. Seriously. The story is just too cute, and I love that there’s still a life lesson (or two) to be learned from what both Sloanes go through.

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    Anna Reply:

    Super cute!

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  10. Sarah J said:

    I totally agree about the Disney channel movie! It would be perfect for Disney or maybe even ABC Family. I hadn’t even thought about that when reading. It reminds me of that ice skating Disney movie and Parent Trap combined. Quite fitting.

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    Anna Reply:

    OMG yes to ABC Family. Let’s discuss how good their teen programming is lately? The Fosters, Switched at Birth, etc…

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  11. JB said:

    I think this is going to be seriously cute–I can’t wait to read it! The premise is indeed totally Disney Channel-worthy.

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    Anna Reply:

    I love that you guys all know EXACTLY what I mean by that

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