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