First off, let me just start by saying I ADORED Lauren Morrill’s first book, Meant to Be, which was just the cutest book I’ve ever read. So of course I’d be excited for Lauren’s next novel! And was it good? Yes! Being Sloane Jacobs might not have killed me on the cuteness level as much as Meant to Be did, but this book was different and refreshing and so fun to read.
The blurb had me intrigued the second I read it. Two girls with virtually the same name who are complete opposites decide to eff it all and switch lives for one summer. Sloane Emily Jacobs is the quintessentially good girl who has to keep up appearances because of her politician father. She’s a figure-skater, but her life has been rough lately after finding out things about her father. Sloane Devon Jacobs is a tough hockey player who also has family problems, but doesn’t have the same wealth as Sloane Emily does. Both of them haven’t been performing as well in their respective sports, due to some serious stress and nerves, so they decide to take a chance to get away from their stressful lives–Sloane Emily will be playing hockey for Sloane Devon, and Sloane Devon will be figure-skating for Sloane Emily.
It’s actually pretty freaking hilarious seeing the two of them being exposed to a different sport for the first time in their lives. Sloane Emily thinks hockey is nasty–everyone’s sweating, there’s smelly gear, and it’s such a contact sport. Sloane Devon, on the other hand, thinks figure-skating is a puny sport. It’s not at all hard, right? WRONG. Figure-skaters seriously bust their ass while performing, and the summer is an eye-opener for both Sloane Jacobses. But slowly, the two of them prove themselves, dedicate themselves, to learning and practicing more in their sports.
I know practically nothing about figure-skating or hockey, but I loved how Lauren Morrill was able to make me feel the apprehension from both girls when they first start practicing. It was like I was right there next to them, experiencing the sport for the first time as well. Lauren Morrill wrote the sports aspect of the book perfectly, in my opinion. It wasn’t too much, or too little.
And the BOYS! The boys in this book are seriously way too cute! I adored Matt–he and Sloane Emily are perfect! They were my favorite couple–the figure-skater and the cute hockey player! But Sloane Devon and Nando are pretty great too!
It was pretty amazing to see how as both Sloane Jacobs become more comfortable in figure-skating and hockey, they learn more about themselves, and what sports truly mean to them. The summer started off as something risky but fun, but in the end, held a much deeper meaning for them.
The only bad thing about this book was that I took FOREVER to read it. Seriously. It took nearly a month. I don’t know why I took so long, because it wasn’t like I didn’t like the book–I really did! But I guess other books got in the way, and blah blah, but yeah. I probably would have loved Being Sloane Jacobs a lot more if it weren’t for me taking so gosh darn long to read it, but I still really really enjoyed it.