I'm participating in a blog tour for Lauren Morrill's newest book - I've included my review along with some info about the author and where you can find the book online!
Book: Being Sloane Jacobs
Author: Lauren Morrill
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: January 7, 2014
Summary: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.
Review: Being Sloane Jacobs was a quick and light read. It was nice to take a break from some of the textbooks I'd been reading lately. I enjoyed this story, but there were some things that kept me from loving it. I felt the main issue was the idea that these two girls could pull this off. It was crazy they had the same name, but it was even crazier that they would met up in that random situation and then decided to switch places. But, this is the sort of stuff that makes for very interesting novels because you want to see how the author will pull it off.
The second aspect that seemed like a bit of a stretch was the idea that they could switch sports entirely. But Morrill had explanations in place and that made it a tad bit more realistic. I liked the interaction between the girls and I felt you really got a glimpse into their lives and the secret (and not so secret) conflicts they were battling. It was an interesting juxtaposition between their outward activities and their personal lives. Sometimes I had a little trouble distinguishing between the Sloanes, but I enjoyed the characters.
Now, as much as I give it grief, I do love the trope of people swapping places, so when I saw the premise for this book, I was immediately intrigued. It was an interesting idea and while there were still some obvious flaws in the story's logic, I was happy to dive right into the book and see what sort of trouble these two Sloane girls could get into.
The arcs were fairly well developed and the setting was interesting, but I didn't fall in love with Being Sloane Jacobs. I'm not a big sports person, so that probably factors into the mix, but I enjoyed the book overall, it just didn't resonate with me. I think other people will enjoy it, but it's not something I would go out of my way to recommend.
About the Author:
Lauren Elizabeth Morrill is many things, including, but not limited to, a writer, an educator, a badass roller derby skater, a former band nerd, an aggressive driver, and a die-hard Mac person. She also watches a lot of TV, eats a lot of junk food, and drinks a lot of Coke. It's a wonder her brain and teeth haven't rotted out of her head.