Being Sloane Jacobs

Being Sloane Jacobs

by Lauren Morrill


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ISBN-13: 9780385741804
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 922,846
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Morrill is the author of MEANT TO BE, BEING SLOANE JACOBSTHE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY, and MY UNSCRIPTED LIFE. She grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not-so) proud member of the marching band, and a troublemaking editor for the school newspaper. She lives in Macon, Georgia, with her family, and when she’s not writing, she spends a lot of hours on the track getting knocked around playing roller derby. 
Follow @LaurenEMorrill on Twitter and @laurenmorrill on Instagram.

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Being Sloane Jacobs 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Sloane Emily Jacobs isn't sure about her supposed comeback to competitive figure skating. If she can't start landing her jumps and getting triples again her comeback might end up very short-lived. At least the frustrations and pressure of figure skating can give her a chance to get away from her family and pretend she doesn't know the truth about her father's indiscretions or the depths of her mother's oblivion. Ice hockey is a bright spot in Sloane Devon Jacobs' otherwise dim life. Her mother is gone, her dad is busy, and Sloane might be a little angrier than she should be. Possibly all the time. With hockey as her one and only ticket to a different life, Sloane is in for a big problem when she is suspended from the team right when scouts might finally start paying attention. One chance meeting for these unlikely named girls changes everything when they swap places for a summer at skating camp. In their efforts to avoid real life both Sloanes find more than they bargained for and possibly exactly what they needed to know in Being Sloane Jacobs (2014) by Lauren Morrill. Being Sloane Jacobs alternate between Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon's first person narrations with handy headings labeled for each character. The headings are especially handy as, without benefit of external details like Sloane Emily's rich family or Sloane Devon's hard knock hockey persona, the two heroines have a habit of blending together. The story is perfectly fun and easy to read so long as you can go along with the premise of these girls swapping lives. Being Sloane Jacobs has a vibe very similar to The Parent Trap with rich Sloane Emily and poor Sloane Devon swapping lives but in a cute, non-irritating way that mostly works. It was difficult to understand why--in a world of need-based aid, state schools, loans and merit scholarships--Sloane Devon would have no other option to get to college but for an athletic hockey scholarship although it is also an area outside of my expertise. Morrill's writing is snappy and moves the plot along (although jarring slang that seemed dated in comparison to the modern story did often turn up) and--when the Sloanes converge--creates a seamless plot with clever moments of overlap as the two girls assess each other. The story here is a fun blend of serendipity, athletics and romance that is ideal for readers who want a dose of sports in their books. Being Sloane Jacobs is definitely a lighter read that will leave readers smiling. Possible Pairings: Girl Overboard by Justina Chen, Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, Drawing the Ocean by Carolyn MacCullough, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell, Pivot Point by Kasie West, How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
valercrazy More than 1 year ago
Being Sloane Jacobs is another cute book from Lauren Morrill with another cute cover! There were a lot of things that I liked about BSJ but I would have to say that my favorite aspect is Lauren Morrill's writing style; there are many similarities between her two novels and it connected the two books and allowed them to exist in the same world. It had all of the things that I fell in love with in her first novel but with a completely new story. I can't lie, I didn't like this book nearly as much as Meant to Be but I loved it nonetheless. A lot of people have described this book to be like a Disney Channel movie or like The Parent Trap, though I agree with the Disney Channel movie part, I disagree with The Parent Trap part. An even better example is Model Behavior! One of my favorite Disney Channel movies with Justin Timberlake and Maggie Lawson! Two girls who look alike switch places, one is famous and the other one isn't... If you haven't seen it yet, you should get on it. Moving on, I really liked both Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon (they distinguished themselves that way); Sloane Emily was a ice skater whose father is famous which makes her known while Sloane Devon is a hockey player with a mom in rehab and a father trying to keep them afloat. They switch lives and find out that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. I loved their friendship and I loved how much they each grew throughout the story; it was a really fun journey that I'm glad that I took. It was hard to distinguish the two when they were having conversations together but I understand that's just hard all around. The romances were both very... Disney movie like? I love Disney movies so this wasn't a problem for me though I do like more developed relationships. Matt plays hockey and he's arrogant which caught my attention while Ferdinand kind of bored me... I'm really glad that I got to read this book and I can't wait until her newest book comes out! I adore Lauren Morrill and she is an auto-buy author for me!
knoxdiver More than 1 year ago
I realized as soon as I started reading Meant to Be that Lauren has a talent for fresh contemporary tales. I very much enjoyed Meant to Be, and I think Being Sloane Jacobs is even better. This fun story mixes the crazy identity swap hijinks of Parent Trap with the grit of athletic characters and a sassy style that's all Lauren. One of the reasons I rate BSJ so highly is that it's not your regular contemporary romance. Don't get me wrong; there are some cute boys and several tummy-butterfly-inducing scenes, but it's not the highlight of the novel. Instead, this is a novel that focuses on tough girls figuring out what they want AND going after it. Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon shine as double protagonists, each with a distinct voice and an individual set of problems and motivations, but they also prove that even very different teenage girls can still find common ground. Both SE and SD have major parent drama going on and both are shipped away for the summer so that their parents don't have to deal with them. Although it's pretty implausible that two teenage girls would ever actually be able to switch lives as (seemingly) easily as the Sloanes do, it really isn't surprising that they try, considering how disjointed they feel from their normal lives. The Sloanes are searching for something, anything to break the weirdness going on around them, but also, they're searching for their real identities. Is Sloane Emily simply the ice princess? The political darling? Is Sloan Devon just the rough-and-tumble bad girl on ice? The tough girl? By switching places, not only do the readers get to witness the girls in silly situations, but the girls discover themselves by doing things vastly different from what they're used to. It's incredibly entertaining and also pretty inspiring. I also like the guys, although they are minor characters. The boys are important for two reasons, and honestly, neither is romance (but again, the romance is so, so cute! See above-mentioned butterflies!). 1. Both Nando and Matt provide requisite body switch oopsie moments, which prompts the important discussions about trust and you're-not-who-I-thought-you-were (LITERALLY) moments, and 2. the guys provide additional examples of the many ways in which a person can change, even in a very short amount of time. Everybody has a past, and all four of these characters (SD, SE, Nando, and Matt) are trying in some way to move on from things in theirs. I really like the way Lauren writes them all almost as foils to one another, but again, she also focuses on the ways in which their similar. It speaks volumes to her character development that she carries this not only through her main characters, but also to the love interests and minor characters as well. Basically, Being Sloane Jacobs is a novel that will have you laughing the whole time you're reading. It's so much fun, and even if you aren't a sports superfan like I am, you'll enjoy all the sporty shenanigans on and off the ice. At the same time, you'll find a deeper connection with the characters and be able to sympathize with the Real Life demons chasing after them. Lauren's writing is strong, both witty and emotional, and her characters are utterly likeable and lifelike. It's clear she has improved so much from her debut to her second, and that only makes me more excited to see what she does for book #3, which I will definitely be reading.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
Man, I ended up putting this off for a long time because, well, you know how it is. Too many things to read, not nearly enough time. But I ended up enjoying this one a lot more than I thought I would. It was definitely an adorable, fun read. I'm not saying anything about this seemed realistic. There is no way in heck anyone could actually pull this off. But I didn't let that bother me. Also, it was pretty predictable. But as long as you don't let that bother you either, this book was very enjoyable. Sloane Emily is a politician's daughter. Her mother is sending her to a figure skating camp so she can make her "comeback", but Sloane doesn't want to. Sloane Devon is a hockey player, who is getting sent to hockey camp for being too aggressive. So when the two Sloanes meet, they decide to just switch lives, because easy peasy nothing could go wrong with that. The writing of this one was very well-done. The story alternates between both girls, and Morrill did an excellent job of keeping them separate and individual. Both of them had unique voices, and it wasn't overwhelming, figuring out who was who and keeping track of characters. I also loved the descriptions of the skating and hockey. They were detailed and vivid, and added another dimension to the story that kept it from being just another sappy romance.  The romance between Matt and Sloane Emily was very Insta-lovey. There didn't seem to be much basis or reason to it. Sloane Devon and Nando were a bit better, being someone she has known before, but not much. But thankfully, the story wasn't solely focused on the romantic aspect.  The character growth is very apparent in this one. It was definitely fun to see the girls grow and realize who they each were. To see how they had grown and changed through each other's eyes was also interesting.  This is definitely a fun, cute read. It was adorable and entertaining, and I would definitely recommend it.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I went into Being Sloane Jacobs knowing that it is a sports themed (yeay!) contemporary with a parent trap (minus the parents) plot. Initially the pace was a bit slow and I kind of scuffed at the two girls being on the extreme social class spectrum: the rich senator's daughter with a secret of her own and the girl with the absent mother and money problems. Those seem like typical stereotypes in YA books so I was a bit wary. However I have to say I started to get more interested in the novel once both Sloanes met and the planning commenced. I also loved that it was set in Montreal and gave me flashbacks of ice skating movies like Ice Princess! Both girls, personality wise, were so different and they had to impersonate the other for a full month. I loved how initially they kind of disliked each other but once they had a common goal, they started to accept the other and even became friends. I wish more YA books focused on friendships, it is such a beautiful thing to witness. Once the girls each went their opposite and separate ways, Sloane Emily to hockey camp and Sloane Devon to figure skating camp, it was fun to read about how they coped with the other's sports (especially since they mocked each other's sports). I found myself reading 100 pages in a sitting, not even realizing i've read this much. I loved the friendships they created with other people, such as Sloane Devon and Aaron as well as Sloane Emily and Cameron. The romance, and both love interests in this book aren't really a focus of the book. I can't really say I swooned for either one but I didn't care. I cared more about both girls solving their own problems, the pressure from their families, and finally getting to the point where they realize the reason they started their sports was because they loved and enjoyed doing it. It kind of reminds me of a situation I was in with my schooling and how I finally took a step back and remembered the reasons behind the path I'm on and if it is even the right one. I think everyone nowadays gets caught up with expectations and needing to prove themselves that barely any people do things that they truly love. Sorry for going all serious but I just think that's the message in this book. Both Sloanes might have had to do a crazy thing to finally reach that realization, but I applaud them both for finally deciding to do something about it. I definitely recommend it to YA contemporary fans. I have to say I enjoyed this more than Morrill's previous book Meant to Be.
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devil_gurl More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest and say that it’s my first experience with a book from Lauren Morrill and I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book but I was surprised. While the plot slightly unbelievable the story was a quick and fun read about second chances and rediscovering yourself. What I loved the most was the way the author managed to make each girl’s voice unique. Each Sloane had similar reasons for agreeing to switch lives, but even so, they were very different girls with very different lives, and that was portrayed well. The alternating POV kept my attention and was well written. I easily connected with both girls and enjoyed the journey they went through.  I don’t want to say too much about the plot because it’s one of those fun novels that you need to read on your own! Pick it up you won’t regret it!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars Being Sloane Jacobs ended up being a really cute read once I got into it. It was light-hearted, sweet, and really engaging. In the beginning when both Sloanes were together I did have trouble distinguishing who was narrating. However, once the girls went their separate ways and their storylines began to develop I didn't have as much trouble. I admit, I liked Sloane Emily a bit better than Sloane Devon. Sloane Emily puts a lot of pressure on herself when it comes to ice skating. However, while she enjoys skating, she is not happy with her life. She has a lot of familial problems and instead of dealing with them, she runs from them. To the public eye Sloane Emily's family is perfect. Little do they know, it's all a façade. Her father is a Senator and he and his daughter have a rather uncomfortable relationship. Sloane Emily discovered something about her father that could destroy not only their family, but really taint his career as well. Being sent to a special skating academy in Montreal sounds great for Sloane Emily- anything to get her away from her family. Sloane Devon on the other hand has a much different family situation. She lives with her dad, but her mom is not currently in the picture. Sloane Devon does not like to discuss her, but we do find out she had a problem with alcoholism. Sloane Devon is definitely the tomboy of the two Sloanes. She is a hockey player, but has been having trouble with her performance lately. She hesitates when it comes to shooting the puck and ends up choking. She ends up also going to Montreal to play hockey for the summer. Sloane Devon is a bit rough around the edges and doesn't hesitate to get in fights or call things like they are. When she first meets Sloane Emily, she thinks her to be nothing more than a pampered pretty princess. However, after the two decided to swap places we really get to see them embrace their new roles and do what they have to in order to make their switch work. Switching places really makes these girls think about what they truly want to do. Sure, they are pretending to be someone else, but in reality they are the ones that have to adapt and learn how to do their new sport so they look like they belong. Sloane Emily really embraces the freedom hockey has to offer. Ice skating is all about rigidity and discipline and she finally can eat what she wants and enjoy herself for once. She meets a guy named Matt, who is also a hockey player, but has a serious reputation as a player. He is friendly to Sloane E and wants to get to know her, but she has already heard the rumors circulating and she won't let herself fall into THAT trap. I actually really liked Matt's character. He was sweet and fun and didn't give up on Sloane E, even after finding out the truth. Sloane Devon has ALOT of work to do to fit in as an ice skater. She has the roommate from you know where and must put up with being belittled and put down by her. Thankfully, she makes some friends of her own (Andy in particular). I loved Andy! He was great. He loved how Sloane D didn't take her roommate Ivy's crap. He ended up being a great friend after he found out the truth as he helped teach her how to skate pairs. Nando is Sloane D's love interest, but we didn't get a whole lot of interaction between them. Their relationship felt rather underdeveloped to me and we just didn't get enough time with these two. Overall, this was a cute read and I enjoyed watching the two girls try something new and do their best at it. Both girls have their family issues and I felt they resolved them in the best way they knew how. It was quite fun to watch the two try to figure out how to use their own knowledge on the ice to succeed, even when it seemed hopeless. I am looking forward to reading Lauren's Meant To Be soon!
BethanyL More than 1 year ago
Hockey! Figure skating! Montreal! Being Sloane Jacobs is a book with a surprising amount of emotional depth. With the premise that two girls, both named Sloane Jacobs and look enough alike, arrive in Montreal for summer intensives in their respective winter sports of choice—Sloane Emily, figure skating; Sloane Devon, hockey—meet in a hotel lobby, and plan to switch places for the summer it’s easy to get caught up in the various hijinks and awkward moments that ensue. Think It Takes Two and The Parent Trap—cute, fun movies full of identity capers. But what I really enjoyed about Being Sloane Jacobs is that author Lauren Morrill provided a lot more than two girls playing with the system. The emotional depth she provided to each Sloane and the reasons why they both are willing to spend their summers training for a winter sport they don’t play is what really makes this story shine. I do tend to be more on the girly side (not to mention my fervent love for figure skating), and was immediately drawn to Sloane Emily’s story of a seemingly perfect posh upbringing and the chip on her shoulder because of it. But I have to say that I really enjoyed Sloane Devon’s story as well. As a rough-and-tumble hockey player from a not-great neighborhood in Philly and with an alcoholic mother in rehab, I really felt for Sloane Devon and, though I did not understand her willingness to spend a summer figure skating as much as I understood Sloane Emily’s to play hockey, loved her journey through the book. Though I did enjoy this book, I don’t necessarily love the premise and construct—I find it too hard to suspend my belief that something like this could actually, really happen successfully. I know that it makes sense theoretically—you have the same name, you look alike, you’re far away from your family and friends—but there’s something about the whole thing that makes me feel like no one would ever really get away with it, especially when the girls at the center of the story are extremely competitive athletes who excel in their fields. Nevertheless, Being Sloane Jacobs is a really fun, cute story that packs an emotional punch and doesn’t always give in to the conventions of the premise, which makes me a happy reader. (Hooray eschewing conventions!) As we all gear up to cheer on our respective national teams during Sochi (WINTER OLYMPICS ARE THE BEST OLYMPICS), this is the perfect read to pick up!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   I picked to read Being Sloane Jacobs because it was an advanced copy available in exchange for my honest review on Netgalley and not only is the cover adorable, but the synopsis really intrigued me. I love watching hockey and pretty much automatically pick up anything to do with hockey or with figure skating in ya fiction. I have also read Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill and enjoyed it, so she is an author that I watch anything that comes out by her.       I was not disappointed, because the characters swept me away. At first it was a little confusing with two main characters with the same first and last name, but they had distinct voices and they were pretty radically different. Though, the more I read, the more that I found they had in common. They come from different home types-rich versus poor, they play different sports- figure skating versus hockey, they dress differently, look at the world in different ways, have different temperments and have different upbringings. But they both face pressure of expectations, family dysfunction, and confidence and really understanding if they love what they do or if they are just good at it. Or they were. Sloane Emily had a big fall in her last competition and is just now re-entering the scene and Sloane Devon has been choking when it comes to scoring goals.       I loved the dual perspective and wasn't really confused going back and forth most of the time. When the roomies first entered the picture it was confusing adjusting to them switching places and new people being on the scene, but I quickly settled into their settings.       While I questioned the plausibility of them pulling off actually switching places, I completely love the concept and the execution. I think that it was believable that some of their skills easily transferred and they did have issues, I think that them excelling and holding up the other's reputation, that is where the ground gets shaky. But Lauren convinced me with her writing, and with the friends that came along and helped them.        Both discovered a lot about themselves, gained a new perspectives on other sports and what they go through. They also had friends that helped them discover who they were and where they fit into things, and the overall character development was good. Sloane Emily gained more confidence in herself and ability to stand up for herself, and Sloane Jacob filed down some rough edges and learned to appreciate beauty more.       Each Sloane had a romance that I think was well placed, and I especially like how supportive they were and that they brought out another side, or helped them to see both their and the opposite sport in new ways. I like how Sloane Emily's love interest had to prove himself and it was fun watching him woo her and both of them open up to each other. Sloane Devon's guy was actually someone she knew before, but they both saw each other in new lights.      I appreciated how the family issues weren't magically dissolved at the end, but that there was hard work and effort being put into healing the families.      The epilogue was sweet, and although things were wrapped up really well, it gave me hope that there might be more time back in these characters' lives but I can't be sure.  Bottom Line: Overall fun contemporary that has depth. 
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
I had read the description for this book so long ago that when I started reading, I had no idea what it was about. I wasn’t worried through. After adoring Meant to Be to pieces, I already knew that I loved Lauren’s writing style and assumed this book would be filled with just as much cuteness as Meant to Be. Annnnnnd… I was right.  :) After only a few chapters I couldn’t help but compare this to The Parent Trap, which was only my favorite movie as a child! Now, I know I’m going to date myself here, but I’m NOT speaking about the Lindsay Lohan movie. I’m talking about the classic version with Haley Mills. I must have seen it at least 20 times and I know every word by heart. So to be reminded of this wonderful childhood memory right off the bat gave me such a warm and fuzzy feeling that I was already hooked. The whole idea of this story is a bit silly, but that just made it more fun for me. Sloane Emily Jacobs and Sloane Devon Jacobs couldn’t be more different. The only thing they have in common is their name… literally. Sloane Devon is a hockey player with a big future, almost as big as her temper, yet she’s having trouble shooting the puck. Sloane Jacobs is a figure skater who was “the best” before an injury incapacitated her for a while. She’s now back, but not sure she wants to be. They are both “punished” by having to attend a camp in Montreal; Sloane Emily, a figuring skating camp, and Sloane Devon, one for hockey. After colliding with each other in a hotel, they decide to switch places. They both skate, so how hard can it really be to learn the other sport. Hehe… that’s where the fun begins. Yes, this story is predictable. And yes, it’s super silly and over the top at times. But it’s adorable. I really enjoyed it, and it was exactly what I was looking for. If you’re in the mood for a fun read that you don’t have to think too much about, and you don’t mind not taking it too seriously, I’d say give this one a go! With a bit of romance and snarky mean girl drama thrown into the story, it’s sure to please almost any contemporary reader.  :)
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
After reading and falling in love with Lauren Morrill’s Meant to Be in 2012, I was thrilled when I was approved for an ARC of Being Sloane Jacobs. I adore Lauren’s writing style and her character development and just knew I would adore Being Sloane Jacobs. I was absolutely right.  Being Sloane Jacobs is the story of two girls with the same name, but very different backgrounds, interests and attitudes. Sloane Emily Jacobs is a girlie girl figure skater. Sloane Devon Jacobs is a tomboy ice hockey player. Their paths cross in an unexpected way and they build a friendship. As they do have a strong resemblance to each other and neither of them is particularly happy in their current situation, they also decide to swap lives for awhile. Both of them are heading off to a training camp, so it should be relatively easy to fool people who don’t know them. They educate each other about the other’s hobby and go their separate ways. Is the storyline a long shot? Sure. Did that stop it from being absolutely adorable and charming? Not even close.  I loved the characters in this book! Both Sloanes were wonderful. They were real and easy to connect with. Because the book is written from the perspective of both Sloanes, the reader gets a great glimpse inside each of their heads and really comes to understand the struggles they’re each going through on and off the ice. The love interests in the story, Matt and Nando, were both swoony and adorable. The romance was believable and sweet in that teenage “first love” way. It progressed naturally and the couples were a great fit. It all just left me with a huge smile on my face. If you’re a fan of young adult contemporaries, figure skating and happily ever afters, you’ll adore this book as much as I did. It was fun, not overly angst, utterly charming book. I can’t wait for more from Lauren Morrill. She’s rapidly becoming one of my favorite YA contemporary authors.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.