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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book Review: BEING SLOANE JACOBS by Lauren Morrill

Out Jan. 7th, 2014 from Delacorte Press
*received via NetGalley for an honest review*

From Goodreads: 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.

This is another beauty I read over Christmas break during my "oh so brave," kindle-only road trip. This one reminded me of two of my all-time favorite movies: Parent Trap-- without the setting up the parents part, and The Cutting Edge--but with less romance ON the ice.
Though I didn't read this book in one sitting, I read it eagerly and happily. The story is told from the POV's of two Sloanes from two very different backgrounds, each running away from their issues and convinced that it would be easier to trade places (and master a new sport!), than to face their own lives.  There's plenty of scheming, pretending you know something you're clueless about, adjusting to different wardrobes, living environments, and hot boys. I'm still thinking about this book weeks later. It's not just hockey and figure skating, it's real family issues, sports performance, and yes, boy drama.

BEING SLOANE JACOBS has a believable plot (which considering the premise is rather amazing). Both Sloane Jacobs are funny, relatable, and walk-off-the-page real. Lauren Morrill, I've decided, is a master. She's now on my read-everything-she-writes, not-questions-asked list. So, no surprise here that Lauren's MEANT TO BE, is on hold at my library. I am confident I will enjoy it just as much.

Have you read BEING SLOANE JACOBS? What is your favorite book of 2014 so far? Your favorite of 2013?
My favorite surprise book (of 2014) that blew me into happy is Julianne Donaldson's EDENBROOKE.

Please sit down if you're not already.
Did you do it?
Are you seated securely? Do you have smelling salts close at head?
Okay, I'll tell you:
Julianne Donaldson was better than Jane Austen.

But back to BEING SLOANE JACOBS. Read it. You will love it whether you're a sporty girl or not.


  1. Sounds like a great read. It reminded me of Parent Trap too. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. This does have a cute premise. I am not a sporty girl and don't read a lot of contemporary books, but you made this one sound really appealing.

    Seems to me the most unbelievable part is two people named Sloane Jacobs. (Kate Jones, I could see.) But still, it looks like a fun read.

  3. I haven't read this one. Love the premise. And I LOVED Edenbrooke!

  4. I'm reviewing a netgalley read I fell in love with tomorrow. This story is great and netgalley gives us such a wonderful opportunity to find lovely reads.

    1. Isn't NetGalley wonderful? I'll have to check out you review tomorrow:)

  5. Haven't heard of this book until now, but now I'll have to go talk about it. :)

  6. I've heard of this one, and it sounds great!

    And also...I love Edenbrooke too. So much.