Title/Author: Being Sloan Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction, Sports
Published: January 7th, 2014 by Delacorte
Audiobook, 554 minutes
How I Got This Book: Checked out the audio from my library
Why I Picked It Up?: I listened to Lauren Morrill’s debut book on audio at the end of last year and LOVED it, and decided I just HAD to listen to this one, too!
Book Jacket Blurb: “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.”
In honor of the beginning of the Winter Olympics, I figured it would only be appropriate to review a book that features two dominant Winter Olympic events. 😉
This is a story that takes the familiar story of The Parent Trap and adds a bit more depth to the characters and the overall story. Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon meet by chance in the lobby of a hotel in Montreal and realize that they have the chance to be someone else for the summer. Sloane Emily is positioned for a figure skating comeback; Sloane Devon needs to learn to play hockey with a better attitude. Rather than working on their own problems, they avoid them by pretending to be someone else. In doing so, they learn new things about themselves, including that they cannot really avoid their problems.
Being Sloane Jacobs is just a fun novel that is centered around ice sports, which I thought was an added surprise element! I love stories with the addition of sports at the center of the story–it just adds a different dimension to the story! I learned a lot of technical things about hockey, and I got a behind-the-scenes look at the grueling figure-skating practices. It was a fun driving element of the story that helped set a unique setting.
The audio performances did such a good job of really giving Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon distinct voices. Having two great readers–Shelby Lewis and Devon Sorvari–alternate perspectives really added a depth to these characters, individualizing them and allowing them to grow at their own paces. While I must admit that I connected more with Sloane Emily than Sloane Devon because of her personality and individual story, I enjoyed this audio from beginning to end. Both of their characters grow and begin to understand how they fit into their own world by living in someone else’s shoes for a while.
Overall, this is just an easy and fun read and an entertaining listen. This is chick-lit with a bit of sports and a lot of hearts. I just adore Lauren Morrill’s ability to tell a good story, and I will continue to be on the lookout for her books…especially on AUDIO! =)
My Bookshelf Rating:
Again, Lauren Morrill has charmed me with a “Parent Trap” type story with a bit more depth to it. You really get to know both Sloane Emily and Sloane Devan, and I really liked that. Also, the audio is performed by TWO readers, so their voices are distinct. This was just a wonderful, feel-good read. Lauren Morrill is on my auto-listen list, for sure! =)
Love and Speed Skating,