Title: Being Sloane Jacobs
Author: Lauren Morrill
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Genre: YA Contemporary
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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.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I admit, I picked this one up solely based on Meant to Be. I mean I LOVED that book. But for some reason the title (of all things!) just didn’t pull me in. But I signed up for this blog tour, so I started reading for the tour.
OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY GOODNESS! Sometimes I am so glad that I do things like signing up for tours. It is just the kick in the pants that I need to keep me on track. See, this book involves some of my most favorite things in the world, sports in YA… and yeah, it is awesome!
Okay, now that I got that out of the way… this story was a retelling of the Prince and the Pauper, from the ice rink. One Sloane has grown up in the hockey world and knows that hockey is her ticket to college, the other Sloane has grown up in Washington DC in the political spotlight and is being sent to ice skating camp to ‘rediscover’ her career in figure skating. Both girls are avoiding family issues at home. Both girls have a lot of growing up to do. Both girls need each other and the break that they are taking more than they realized.
I have to say that I knew going in that the figure skating was going to be hard. My oldest daughter is starting in competitive gymnastics this year. Just the fine minute details like remembering to point your toes and holding your hands just right are harder than I thought they would be! I have spent the last few nights ‘coaching’ my daughter on her routine yelling ‘point your toe!’ So I give both Sloane’s credit for jumping into something that was so unknown to them!
All said I couldn’t put this one down once I started. I love Lauren’s style and the book was just fun! Plus, each girl had her love interest, and they just made everything even more fun! These stories were great and I loved the way each one intertwined with each other, proving that no one has the perfect life, no matter how perfect it may seem from the outside.
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What Are You Reading?
It’s Monday AND the first of the year! So, I get to talk about books I’m reading, planning on reading or just finished, and books I’m excited that are coming out this week (kind of my week in review and what’s coming up!)
I haven’t made this post in a LONG time, and with the first of the year, I am starting like I plan to go on, so, here goes! It has been a crazy few weeks.
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Other Non-Book Related Stuff Going on in my world
So my daughter is competing in her first gymnastics competition this weekend! I am equal parts excited and a nervous wreck! So if you could keep your fingers crossed for her on Saturday (and for me!!!!) I would greatly appreciate it!
We are also in the midst of this crazy cold snap. They are talking below zero temps tomorrow! So if you are somewhere warm, well, lucky you, and if you are somewhere cold? Keep warm.
So what are you reading this week?