Monday, February 17, 2014
Being Sloane Jacobs
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Keywords: hockey, ice skating, summer
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley (Do you see how many NetGalley reads in a row I've had up? I'm so excited I'm knocking some out!)
After a mishap with my Kindle—the book deleted literally in the middle of me reading it and I panicked and ran around for about a day in distress because I was loving this so much—I finally finished this one. Basically I finished it with a gigantic smile on my face.
That was the general feel of the whole book. First of all, I LOVE hockey. I love the sport, I love stories about the sport, I love the fighting and the jerseys and the guys, and I love it all. So I was stoked when I realized that was half the book's focus (I don't like reading the backs or descriptions of books. I just go for it).
I loved that there were multiple layers to this story, and that there weren't easy answers for some of them. I mean, aside from the whole switching places thing, there were complex issues with each character, and their family lives brought on entirely new challenges for them to face. They learned about dealing with tough roommates and opponents and how to handle it with grace and class (and a few harmless pranks, because you can never get enough of those).
What I most loved was (and brace yourselves, here's some cheesiness ahead) how much they learned about the opposite world. Each girl changed as they realized their lives they'd led weren't the only tough ones, and everyone was constantly dealing with something, whether it's a tough knee injury or a fear of failure on the ice.
Read When: You've watched too many Winter Olympics in Sochi and just can't get enough of the ice sports. Or you are looking for a cute romance in the winter time to make you hate it less.