Release Date: January 7, 2014
Source: Netgalley/Random House Children’s
Rating: 4 out of 5
Being Sloane Jacobs was everything that I expected from Lauren Morrill. I devoured her debut, Meant to Be a year ago, and I am happy to say that her second YA contemporary is just as successful and adorable as her first.
The concept of the story is definitely not your usual contemporary story. It has the typical ideas: family problems, finding oneself, and discovery one’s future. But the concept of switching places with someone else is certainly refreshing and extremely fun to read about. As readers, we get to read through both Sloanes’ perspectives, which I loved. My favorite quality of Being Sloane Jacobs is surely the character growth that both Sloanes experience. By switching places, they grow immensely and learn that being a hockey player/figure skater isn’t as easy as it seems, as well as building strong relationships with people that helped them through their time of self-discovery.
I have to say that I like reading from Sloane Devon’s perspective more because she starts as this grungy character that looks down on others, but she really opens up by the end of the story. Seeing the transition from hockey player to figure skater was more interesting to read about as well.
The romance is without a doubt adorable on both sides. Romances never go wrong when Morrill is writing them!
The only small issue I have with this story is how unrealistic the girls’ situation was. There’s a very small chance that people won’t recognize them immediately, and both Sloanes can’t just adjust to the other’s sport thatquickly. Nevertheless, if it were realistic, the story would not be as enjoyable and light.
In conclusion, Being Sloane Jacobs is an uplifting story that will make you smile from ear to ear. Despite the slightly unrealistic circumstances, this story is still immensely fun with great character growth, romance, and sports aspects! I continue to love Morrill’s work, and will be looking forward to more!