Being Sloane Jacobs

Being Sloane Jacobs

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Switching places with someone else has never been more fun than in this novel about following your dreamsand finding your heart from the author of "Meant to Be"that Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of "My Life Next Door," calls unforgettable and full of twists and romance.
"Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure skater who choked during junior nationals.
Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player who's been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks.
The two girls are on their way to skating camps in Montreal when a luggage mix-up causes them to meet. Pretty soon, the Sloanes realize that this is the opportunity they ve been waiting for: the chance to escape their lives and switch places for the summer. But it didn't occur to Sloane E. that 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.
"A twist on the identity-swap that's both cozily familiar and fresh . . . . sweetly uplifting."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Enjoyable."--"Kirkus Reviews
" Sweet and satisfying. --"Booklist
Super cute, super hilarious and a totally fun read. I m a big fan of the two people switch places and fool everyone around them plot line (see: "The Parent Trap"), and"Being Sloane Jacobs" pulled it off awesomely."
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 145 x 211 x 33mm | 454g
  • English
  • 0385741790
  • 9780385741798
  • 577,831

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Escaping from your own life and fitting perfectly and hilariously imperfectly into someone else s? Who doesn t fantasize about that? Morrill nails this unforgettable story full of twists and romance. Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of "My Life Next Door"
Hello Giggles, January 11, 2013:
""Being Sloane Jacobs" was super cute, super hilarious and a totally fun read."
Justine Magazine, Feb/March 2014:
"Charming and feisty characters (and crush-worthy guys!) make this a guaranteed-to-leave-you-smiling read."
Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2013:
"The two strong teens carry the text, providing an enjoyable, on-ice adventure. A thoughtful reminder that it is difficult to walk a mile in someone else s shoes or in this case, skates."
Booklist, January 1, 2014:
"Rather than skating on the surface of a time-honored plot twist, Morrill portrays each Sloane with the grit to cross-train in a new skating sport, the perseverance to withstand the competitors bullying and hijinks, the honesty to be true to new friends or at least struggle in the challenge, and the grace to respect each other s futures...A sweet and satisfying resolution."
Publishers Weekly, December 2, 2013:
"Morrill ("Meant To Be") delivers a twist on the identity-swap that's both cozily familiar and fresh...A relatable coming-of-age story."
School Library Journal, January 2014:
"Woven through the story are threads about family, friendship, identity, and romance...This coming-of-age novel sports good character development, especially in the talented doppelgangers."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2014:
"This is a feel-good story with flashes of honesty: the two girls learn to respect each other (and each other s sport) without become besties, find themselves capable of surviving in unfamiliar territory without discovering latent genius, and ultimately make tentative peace with their families while knowing the road to healing will be long...This book will suit romantics who hadn t thought to wonder what would happen if "The Parent Trap "met "The Cutting Edge.""
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About Lauren Morrill

Lauren Morrill grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not so) proud member of the marching band, and a trouble-making editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a minor in rock and roll and lives in Macon, Georgia, with her family and their dog, Lucy. She is also the author of"Meant to Be "and "The Trouble with Destiny."When she s not writing, she spends a lot of hours on the track getting knocked around playing roller derby. Visit her at and follow @laurenemorrill on Twitter.
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Rating details

4,258 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (1,383)
3 33% (1,387)
2 9% (371)
1 3% (141)

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I picked to read Being Sloane Jacobs because it was an advanced copy available in exchange for my honest review on Netgalley and not only is the cover adorable, but the synopsis really intrigued me. I love watching hockey and pretty much automatically pick up anything to do with hockey or with figure skating in ya fiction. I have also read Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill and enjoyed it, so she is an author that I watch anything that comes out by her. I was not disappointed, because the characters swept me away. At first it was a little confusing with two main characters with the same first and last name, but they had distinct voices and they were pretty radically different. Though, the more I read, the more that I found they had in common. They come from different home types-rich versus poor, they play different sports- figure skating versus hockey, they dress differently, look at the world in different ways, have different temperments and have different upbringings. But they both face pressure of expectations, family dysfunction, and confidence and really understanding if they love what they do or if they are just good at it. Or they were. Sloane Emily had a big fall in her last competition and is just now re-entering the scene and Sloane Devon has been choking when it comes to scoring goals. I loved the dual perspective and wasn't really confused going back and forth most of the time. When the roomies first entered the picture it was confusing adjusting to them switching places and new people being on the scene, but I quickly settled into their settings. While I questioned the plausibility of them pulling off actually switching places, I completely love the concept and the execution. I think that it was believable that some of their skills easily transferred and they did have issues, I think that them excelling and holding up the other's reputation, that is where the ground gets shaky. But Lauren convinced me with her writing, and with the friends that came along and helped them. Both discovered a lot about themselves, gained a new perspectives on other sports and what they go through. They also had friends that helped them discover who they were and where they fit into things, and the overall character development was good. Sloane Emily gained more confidence in herself and ability to stand up for herself, and Sloane Jacob filed down some rough edges and learned to appreciate beauty more. Each Sloane had a romance that I think was well placed, and I especially like how supportive they were and that they brought out another side, or helped them to see both their and the opposite sport in new ways. I like how Sloane Emily's love interest had to prove himself and it was fun watching him woo her and both of them open up to each other. Sloane Devon's guy was actually someone she knew before, but they both saw each other in new lights. I appreciated how the family issues weren't magically dissolved at the end, but that there was hard work and effort being put into healing the families. The epilogue was sweet, and although things were wrapped up really well, it gave me hope that there might be more time back in these characters' lives but I can't be sure. Bottom Line: Overall fun contemporary that has more
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