Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review: Being Sloane Jabobs by Lauren Morrill

Release Date: January 7th 2014

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Publisher: Delacorte

Age Group: YA

Pages: 352 (Hardcover)

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Rating: 3/5

 

Description (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.
My thoughts:
Okay, first of all – a YA book with ice-hockey players???? YES PLEASE! Some of you might not be aware of this, but I am quite hockey fan myself. I’ve been one for over 10 years – the moment I walked to that ice-hall for the first time, I was in love. I am from Finland, which is quite a hockey country, and the city I come from has a team in the Finnish hockey league. When I still lived in Finland I used to go to pretty much every single game, and now that I live abroad I watch/listen to every game online (we are currently in the medal games for the championship, which is super exciting).
Sloane Emily Jacobs, a D.C. girl with a senator father and privileged upbringing was once considered as one of the most promising figures of the US figure skating world. But after she choked in the junior nationals couple years earlier, she had stopped skating. But now it’s time for comeback, even though Emily is not sure whether she can do it, especially after all that has happened with her father. With her family problems, being sent to Montreal to a fancy figure skating camp seems like a blessing.
Sloane Devon Jacobs, a Philly girl with problematic family situation and somewhat rough background has a promising ice-hockey future ahead of her until she looses her cool and gets suspended from her team. As a result, she realizes that her summer plans with her good-for-nothing boyfriend change for a hockey camp in Montreal.
Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon bump into each other in Montreal the night before they are supposed to go to the camps and come up with a plan to pretend to be each other. Sloane Emily, a figure skater goes to hockey camp, whereas Sloane Devon goes to the figure skating camp. They both know how to skate, but otherwise, at first, they have no idea what they are supposed to do. Sloane Emily faces her roommate, a big and somewhat scary female hockey player while Sloane Devon has to deal with her prissy roommate Ivy. And while Sloane Emily flirts with the most eligible and handsome male hockey player of the camp, Sloane Devon bumps into an old acquaintance from her Philly hockey circles. 
I really liked the whole Freaky Friday/Parent Trap premises for this book. The different backgrounds and athletic pasts of the girls are quite well established, though I hoped Morrill would have taken a bit more time to establish the family relationships of these girls because they eventually gain such an importance in the novel. Also, I’m sucker for anything that is set in D.C. and I wish there would have been a bit more about Sloane Emily’s life in D.C., especially because it would have probably included some politics as well due to her father being a senator. But I guess that could have been a whole another story.
For the ones who are looking for cute romance, this might not be the best pick. Though there are some cute, romantic moments out there, the story is more focused on the growth on the girls and their achievements. Since ice-hockey players are my weak spot number 1, I hoped there would have been more in the book about these hot hockey players. 
It has to be given that Being Sloane Jacobs is a bit predictable, but I feel like that’s the case with quite many contemporary romance type of books. I hoped that Morrill would have taken a bit more time to establish the ending to make it a little less cliche. But despite everything, I still found this very enjoyable and honestly, I was just happy to read anything ice-hockey related.
Being Sloane Jacobs is a great pick for sports fans, but you can definitely read it even if you have no interest for either ice-hockey or figure skating. It is a story about personal growth and about challenging yourself. It’s a story about finding yourself while doing something you never enjoyed. It’s about losing your prejudices and just living to the fullest.
Review written while listening to:
Bad Things - Bad Things (Deluxe Version) - End of the Road, Hunter Hayes - Baby You're My Summer Jam - Somebody's Heartbreak, Chad Brownlee - His Own Terms (Ballad of Eldon McCain)
Do you know any other (YA) books with hot ice-hockey players? Because if you do, pleasepleaseplease leave me a comment!











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