Being Sloane Jacobs

Finished Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill.  I received a copy from the publisher on Netgalley.

Summary (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 was such an adorable book! I was absolutely in the mood for something light and fun and this book is definitely that.  At the same time, though, each Sloane Jacobs is dealing with a lot of hardship and feelings of insecurity.   I think they’re both incredibly relatable, although I think most people tend to be either Sloane Emily or Sloane Devon.  I am Sloane Emily, although that probably didn’t need to be pointed out.

My only problem (and it’s a small one is the fact) that they managed to get almost to the end of their respective camps before anyone figured this out.  But here’s the thing: they’re in two competitive programs.  Did no one think to Google or YouTube the two of them?  I call shenanigans on that a little bit.

I hope that there will be a sequel.  I’d love to see what the Sloanes get up to in college.



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