Being Sloane Jacobs
by Lauren Morrill
So...I didn't really like this book much. I didn't have very high expectations for it, I just wanted a quick, fun read but even with low expectations it still left me pretty disappointed.Summary: 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.
It didn't really hold my attention. I should've gotten through it pretty quickly, but instead I'd put it down and could only read a chapter or two at a time before getting bored of it--I only finished it because I was being stubborn, not because I particularly wanted to.
The story was kind of bland and the characters...well, some of them had potential but something about the way the story was told just stopped me from getting attached to any of them (the dude who befriends the Sloane Devon is the best one, but I can't even remember his name now). It felt kind of like it skimmed over the parts of the story that would've been interesting and just summed it up later (particularly the early classes/practices).
And the romance...it wasn't bad, it wasn't good, it wasn't anything at all really. It was just there. There was zero chemistry between either of the pairings, there was no spark, I was bored reading most of their scenes so it didn't matter to me at all whether or not either couple ended up together or not.
The story felt too far fetched too. Maybe it's because I didn't care about the characters or the plot or anything, so there was nothing really keeping me entertained enough for suspension of disbelief to happen.
...I hate writing negative reviews and normally I'd try and think of something I liked about a book but beyond liking the cover of this one, I can't think of anything. I'd rate it 2 stars out of 5 (I really didn't hate it and it wasn't awful, I just didn't think it was good).
But, this is just my opinion. Here are a couple of more positive reviews so you can see the opinions of people who enjoyed the book more than I did.