Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on January 7th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
After I completely fell head over heels in love with Meant to Be, Being Sloane Jacobs went on my absolute-must-have list. Not to mention how awesome the premise sounded: I mean, it’s pretty much The Parent Trap, one of my favorite movies as a kid. So it was easy to predict that I would seriously enjoy this book, and I definitely did.
So Being Sloane Jacobs follows Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon as they decide to switch places in their summer camps. Sloane Emily, the figure skater, goes to hockey camp, and Sloane Devon, the hockey player, goes to figure skating camp. It’s told from their alternating perspectives as they each learn the other’s sport, get to know some other campers, and, above all, get caught up in some hilarious pranks. What’s summer camp without pranking, amirite? Basically their adventures are fun and at times hilarious, though it does tread into pretty cliché territory. However, I loved reading about figure skating because I’m a huge fan of it and I loved how that was portrayed.
I definitely connected to Sloane Emily more than Sloane Devon. I found her story to be much more interesting, so that kind of gave the story a sense of imbalance for me. Both of the girls are trying to get away from their troubles at home and have lost their love for their sports, and that’s why they come up with the plan to switch places. I guess personality-wise, Sloane Emily was just more relatable to me, and I felt more sympathy for her family drama. She also impressed me with how far she was willing to go to perform well in the hockey camp. Sloane Devon just never really touched me. I dunno. I liked reading her story though because there were some majorly awesome secondary characters on her side. Both girls also go through some major character growth arcs that were pretty endearing and lovely to read about.
I suppose I was expecting a bit more from the romance given how much I shipped the ship in Meant to Be. It’s my bad, really. I need to stop comparing authors’ sophomore books to their debut books because it’s not going very well for me. While I did enjoy the romance here, I just didn’t really get the heavy dose of feels from them. In fact, I care almost nothing about Sloane Devon’s ship. *shrugs* Sloane Emily’s was better, and it definitely had some cute and aww-worthy moments, but I wouldn’t say I majorly ship it.