by Lauren Morrill
Published by Random House LLC Release date : 2014-01-07
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
You know Disney Channel movies? The ones that are so fluffy and cute and tweens (okay, some teens and adults too) just love? Like A Cinderella Story, Lemonade Mouth Cadet Kelly, etc.. Being Sloane Jacobs reminds me of those movies. Fluffy with a side of adorable. Being Sloane Jacobs was one of my WoW picks a few weeks ago. The idea of switching places with someone sounds so scary but interesting and fun at the same time.
We have Sloane Emily, the figure skater. Family in the public eye, rich– with an array of family issues. After discovering something about her Senator Father, she is angry, bitter and feels the pressure some all angles. She is stuck between doing what she feels she HAS to for her family and what she WANTS to do. Although she loves skating, she doesn’t want to compete but hopes that she can escape her family and issues over the summer at this Skating Camp.
Then there is Sloane Devon. Hockey player and spit fire, with a completely different family situation. Living with her Dad while her mother is in rehab, she is sent to Hockey Camp after an altercation on the ice. She too, loves skating (I actually loved her passion for Hockey) but is having difficulty in her game.
In hindsight, these are two very different girls. They come from different locations and live completely different lives. But their voices were so similar. I was having so many issues telling the two apart, especially in the beginning. After they went their separate ways for the switch, it was a little easier but I would have to remind myself who was who but I can’t tell you how many times another character was mentioned and I was thinking, “Wait. Isn’t her friend named [insert name here]?” It was so frustrating.
Although their voices and narration were similar, I would have to say that I liked Sloane Devon just a pinch more. She is hard and tough, and really embraced the figure skating thing. Sure, both dove right in to adjust and play their role, but I honestly felt like Sloane D. had more to… overcome and learn and she really embraced it all.
I also enjoyed the secondary characters. Actually, the made this book a little bit more enjoyable. Andy, the figure skater that helps Sloane D. I loved how he pushed her when she felt like she couldn’t continue. The skating coaches. (Yeah, I don’t know why either). Sloane E. had.. oh my, I forgot her name, Camille? >.<
Of course, we have some romance. Sloane E. meets Will, a hockey player with a reputation. Sloane D. runs into someone from her past, Nando. Will was okay, I guess. He was sweet and although at first he was pissed out about the switch, he stuck beside her in the end. Nando, was sweet too but I wasn’t feeling their romance. Of course, shit hit the fan when the two run into each other and their crafted plan comes tumbling down (which we knew would happen, anyway).
My Peeve- It’s obvious we needed the dual POV for this story to work, but it would have been so much MORE, had I not been trying to keep up with who was who. Their voices were just too similar. I also felt like we were skating on the surface (baha, pun intended) for majority of the book, I never felt wholly connected. The ending kind of fell flat for me too.
Overall- I enjoyed it. It’s cute and fluffy unmemorable too. Would I recommend? Sure.