Monday, December 30, 2013

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

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Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

4 stars

Sloane Emily Jacobs used to be the best figure skater her age and then she choked and suffered an injury that’s crippled her career. Her mom is gunning for a comeback and shipping her from the ever watching eye of paparazzi in Washington, D.C. to a camp in Canada. Sloane Devon Jacobs is an ice hockey player who has had one too many penalties. After a coach threatens to bench her next season, her dad decides that she has one last chance at redeeming herself and he’s already talked to the coach. She finds herself shipped off to Canada and with bags that have her name on them but are way too fancy to be born. When the two Sloanes meet Sloane Emily proposes they switch places and it just might be what they need.





The main female characters, Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon, are both strong characters that have a presence. Both of their POVs are entrancing and the worlds of ice hockey and figure skating are done wonderfully. As a child I went through a brief obsession with figure skating and loved to watch the competitions during the Olympics or whenever they were on TV. Sloane Emily’s transformation from broken, figure skater who does things to please her parents to someone who finally does what she wants and needs were well done. Sloane Devon’s transformation from rebel with extreme anger problems to someone who can take a breath and let things go. Both Sloanes have a lot of family problems and they were touched on perfectly. I really enjoyed seeing the growth of both girls and they went from being people who were handicapped by personal problems to people who were able to cope with their problems and embrace them knowing that they would get better.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: Sloane Emily- 8 Sloane Devon- 8

The main male characters are Matt and Nando. Matt and Sloane Emily got off to a bit of a rocky start and I loved it! Their small budding romance was my favorite of the two. It was so sweet and I could feel the chemistry between Sloane and Matt. Sloane Devon and Nando’s romance wasn’t as captivating, but it was still sweet. I honestly don’t think Sloane Devon’s story needed to have a romance part in it. I do like Nando and Sloane and Nando knew each other as children, so it wasn’t completely random, but I feel like it just wasn’t necessary.


Swoon Worthy Scale: Matt- 8 Nando- 7.5
The Villain- There wasn’t really a villain. Just more of a girl who enjoyed ruining Sloane Devon’s life when thinking she was Sloane Emily. It was actually interesting. The drama was melodramatic, but interesting nonetheless.


Villain Scale: 6

I really liked Sloane Devon’s skating partner and their friendship was funny and light. (I forgot his name since I read this book in November. Oops!) I also like the characters that Sloane Emily had to face like her roommate who didn’t like her and the college scout dropping by. Everything was interesting and it flowed well.


Character Scale: 8

Being Sloane Jacobs was a fun story with a fun swap and great character growth. It was never a dull moment when reading and I’m definitely going to check out Morrill’s other works.


Cover Thoughts: I adore the cover! It’s cute and fun and the colors are just so perfect. It’s what made me want to read it!

Thank you Netgalley and Random House for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

P.S. It was my bday yesterday and I'm officially 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 comments:

  1. Ooo, 4 stars! I've heard such good things about this author and am hoping to get to this one soon.

    And happy happy happy birthday, honey! Hope it was lovely. <3

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I hope you enjoy her, Wendy! Her writing is very fun.

      Thank you!:D

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  2. I read that the author also wrote Meant to Be and the cover have that same fun color pop to it. ^^ I love any movie with ice skating! Like Ice Princess or umm Blades of Glory XD haha yes, Blades of Glory is hilarious and if you haven't watched it, you should! I was a bit confused when reading your summary of the two Sloane but as I read more of your review i started to understand that it's two different people! Those always create lots of drama, but still very interesting. ^^

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, SARAH!!! I HOPE YOU HAD AN AMAZING DAY AND LOTS OF GOOD YUMMY FOOD AND PRESENTS…books, maybe? ;D

    HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE AND NEW YEARS!!! I WISH YOU LOTS OF LOVE AND LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014 WHERE I CAN CONTINUE TO POP BY YOUR BLOG. <3 MAY 2014 BE AMAZING. ^^

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    1. She did write Meant to Be. I really like ice skating movies as well. I have seen Blades of Glory.XD It's hilarious. Haha yep! Sloane Emily and Sloane Devin.

      Thank you!!! I did actually.:D

      <3

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  3. I really like this one too. I used to love to watch figure skating. I've gotten away from it, but I'll be watching when the Olympics start. Happy birthday!

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