Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: January 7th 2014
Links: Ebook • Hardcover • PaperbackAudible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher (Delacorte Press) in exchange for an honest review

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.

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.

4 hearts!

4-hearts

lacey


Also by Lauren Morrill

  

Meant to Be: EbookHardcover • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
The Trouble with Destiny: Ebook • Hardcover • Goodreads
My Unscripted Life: EbookHardcoverGoodreads


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Top Ten Tuesday {15}: Books On My Winter TBR

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

There are SO many books on my TBR list, both have and have not released, but here are my top ten!

Sempre Redemption by JM Darhower

1. Sempre: Redemption (Forever Series #2) by J.M. Darhower
Releases December 16th 2013

A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire

2. A Beautiful Wedding (Beautiful #2.5) by Jamie McGuire

Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3. Be With Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn
Releases February 4th 2014

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

4. Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Releases December 17th 2013

The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton The Redhead Revealed by Alice Clayton The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton

5. The Redhead series by Alice Clayton
The Redhead Plays Her Hand releases December 17th 2013

Vendetta by Sienna Lane & Autumn Karr

6. Vendetta by Sienna Lane & Autumn Karr
Releases December 17th 2013

Rule by Jay Crownover Jet by Jay Crownover Rome by jay Crownover

7. The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover
Rome releases January 7th 2014

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie Ricochet by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie Addicted for Now by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

8. The Addicted series by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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9. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Releases January 7th 2014

Reaver by Larissa Ione

10. Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5) by Larissa Ione
Releases December 17th 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday {3}: Books Featuring Travel In Some Way

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about…

Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way

Amy and Rogers Epic Detour

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was the FIRST book that popped into my head when I saw what this TTT’s theme was. Because the entire book is a road trip! I love this book. It’s so entertaining yet heartfelt, and it’s one of my favorite books. Definitely recommend this to fans of road trips or books in general.

 

 

Anna and the French Kiss

 

Anna and the French Kiss is one of my FAVORITE books of all time, so it’s definitely gotta be here. This book takes place in PARIS! Or as they say, Pah-ree. Yeah, whatever, I’m a dork, but go read this book! It’s cute, fun, and just plain awesome.

 

 

meant to be

 

Meant to Be is probably one of the most adorable books we (Shirley and I) have ever read. The characters take a school trip to London (which I have always wanted to go to, sigh) and it’s so great that London is as big of a part of the book as the characters are. They visit so many places there that it made me want to visit London so bad!

 

 

Paper Towns by John Green

 

Paper Towns. Just freaking hilarious. The road trip part takes place in the last third of the book, and that part by far is my absolute favorite. It’s hilarious (um, hello, a black dude wearing a Confederate t-shirt?) and just so freaking fun. The boys in the book are absolutely crazy on their road trip, and it made me love them so much.

 

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

Yes, of course I would put The Fault in Our Stars here! Hazel and my love Augustus travel to Amsterdam, and their entire trip was just the sweetest thing. Although… it ended up turning bittersweet after, didn’t it…. But no matter! TFiOS is an absolute favorite, so it’s in my top ten!

 

 

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

 

I’m just putting Perfect Scoundrels here, but basically, the entire Heist Society series is full of travels. Kat and the gang end up going all over Europe, from England to Italy to France, and then going back to the US. All thanks to Hale and his private jet, of course. Oh, and can’t forget to mention Ally Carter’s other series, the Gallagher Girls series, that also features a lot of traveling!

 

 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SIght

 

Although not an absolute favorite, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was nice to read, and it also has another trip to London. It belongs here in my top ten though, because I think it’s just so adorable that she meets this wonderful guy at an airport and they end up on the same plane going to the same place!

 

 

The Edge of Never

 

The Edge of Never is insanely popular on Goodreads, and although I never loved it as much as many others, I really enjoyed reading the road trip aspect of the book. It starts off as a trip on a bus to anywhere, but then the characters take matters into their own hands and create their own fun road trip.

 

 

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This is Cathy’s choice! In Carpe Diem, Vassar Spore’s life is turned upside down when her aunt forces her to on a quest through SE Asia where she has crazy adventures and falls in love with a cowboy!

 

 

 

Don't Stop Now

 

Although I didn’t like the book, Shirley loved Don’t Stop Now.
I (Shirley) loved this book so so much! It’s obviously not everyone’s taste (as seen above -_-), but personally I thought it was a really fun read and I loved that it was contemporary too! Like okay come on. She’s going on a road trip to track down her missing friend with her best guy friend who she’s in love with. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THAT.

So here are our Top Ten! Let us know some of your favorite books featuring travels, road trips, etc!

Top Ten Tuesday {2}: Favorite Book Covers Of Books We’ve Read

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WOOT!! It’s Top Ten Tuesday today, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. So, this week’s theme is…

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books We’ve Read

(We kind of cheated and counted a whole series as 1 of the 10 we chose, but oh well!)

Lacey’s choices:

sea of tranquility 2sea of tranquility 1(Because both versions look amazing!)

 

 

 

 

 

Cinderscarlet
New Tahereh Mafi
clockwork princesswith all my souleleanor & park
the secret of ella and michaiceddays of blood and starlightmeant to be

Shirley’s Choices:

New Tahereh MafiHex Hall
the goddess test?????????????????????????the goddess inheritance
shiver-linger-forever
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theselectionStartersNorth-of-Beautiful-Final-Book-Cover

Cathy’s Choices:

shiver-linger-forever
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)
Second Chance SummerAmy and Roger's Epic DetourA Song for SummerMy Life Next Door
Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)The Summer of Skinny Dipping (Summer, #1)Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

So let us know which covers you love from our choices, and your own favorite covers!