Monday, February 17, 2014

Being Sloane Jacobs

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 256
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!)

Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure skater 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 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 and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she's the lucky one. 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 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.

I think, from my understanding of it anyway, this cover was made to match Morrill's other cover, which is here. So in that sense, I definitely get it. But since I don't read descriptions, this was one of those covers that I had NO CLUE what the book was going to be about. I kind of thought it would just be a sweet contemporary romance, with like, two characters, not four, and definitely no ice sports. Did not see that coming. But still, it's cute, and I like it. Just took me for a little surprise.

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