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.
Being Sloane Jacobs is a really cute contemporary YA fiction book! The whole “parent trap” switcharoo works and isn’t cheesy at all. While definitely geared towards fans of Elizabeth Eulberg, Jennifer E. Smith, and Sarah Dessen, it works because the main characters are well written and the two contrasting camp worlds – hockey and figure skating – are interesting and not glossed over. The two uber mean girls, Ivy and Melody, who are out to get their new arch enemies, make for some pretty interesting (and mostly hilarious) situations for Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon to deal with and the two hot hockey players they get involved with are more than just reader eye candy.
While running away from their family drama and own insecurities, both girls learn a lot about themselves, which is my favorite part of the book and I think middle and high school readers will really like this one.
Being Sloane Jacobs would be a great addition to a classroom library. It’s funny, endearing and has a great message for girls to find their passion and not being afraid to own it.