Being Sloane Jacobs

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 was privileged enough to receive an eGalley of this novel from the wonderful people at Paper Lantern Lit.

I loved this book! It took me a little while to actually get into it, I wasn’t particularly fond of all the time spent working up the actual plot line. That said, once I got into the more active part of the novel, I really enjoyed it! I liked how the two characters (Sloane and Sloane) seemed different at first, but once we get to know them, we realize they’re actually pretty similar.

I loved reading the incredible character development of the two girls. They both seem like very confident athletics, but we soon figure out there’s a lot more to them than that. We watch them learn to come to terms with themselves, and we see them develop amazing outlooks on life. They gain new appreciation for themselves, their chosen hobbies, and the hobbies of one another.

I give Being Sloane Jacobs 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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