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Being Sloane Jacobs [Format Kindle]

Lauren Morrill

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Revue de presse

“Escaping from your own life and fitting perfectly—and hilariously imperfectly—into someone else’s? Who doesn’t fantasize about that? Morrill nails this unforgettable story full of twists and romance.” —Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door

Hello Giggles, January 11, 2013:
"Being Sloane Jacobs was super cute, super hilarious and a totally fun read."

Justine Magazine, Feb/March 2014:
"Charming and feisty characters (and crush-worthy guys!) make this a guaranteed-to-leave-you-smiling read."

Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2013:
"The two strong teens carry the text, providing an enjoyable, on-ice adventure. A thoughtful reminder that it is difficult to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes—or in this case, skates."

Booklist, January 1, 2014:
"Rather than skating on the surface of a time-honored plot twist, Morrill portrays each Sloane with the grit to cross-train in a new skating sport, the perseverance to withstand the competitors’ bullying and hijinks, the honesty to be true to new friends or at least struggle in the challenge, and the grace to respect each other’s futures...A sweet and satisfying resolution."

Publishers Weekly, December 2, 2013:
"Morrill (Meant To Be) delivers a twist on the identity-swap that's both cozily familiar and fresh...A relatable coming-of-age story."

School Library Journal, January 2014:
"Woven through the story are threads about family, friendship, identity, and romance...This coming-of-age novel sports good character development, especially in the talented doppelgängers."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2014:
"This is a feel-good story with flashes of honesty: the two girls learn to respect each other (and each other’s sport) without become besties, find themselves capable of surviving in unfamiliar territory without discovering latent genius, and ultimately make tentative peace with their families while knowing the road to healing will be long...This book will suit romantics who hadn’t thought to wonder what would happen if The Parent Trap met The Cutting Edge."

From the Hardcover edition.

Présentation de l'éditeur

Switching places with someone else has never been more fun than in this novel about following your dreams and finding your heart from the author of Meant to Be.

Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure skater 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 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 and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she's the lucky one. 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.

“Escaping from your own life and fitting perfectly—and hilariously imperfectly—into someone else’s? Who doesn’t fantasize about that? Morrill nails this unforgettable story full of twists and romance.”—Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door

"A twist on the identity-swap that's both cozily familiar and fresh . . . . sweetly uplifting."--Publishers Weekly 

"Enjoyable."--Kirkus Reviews

“Sweet and satisfying.”--Booklist

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3533 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 354 pages
  • Editeur : Delacorte Press (7 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DXKJ56E
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely Adorable Though Highly Implausible 7 janvier 2014
Par Lili's Reflections - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
BEING SLOANE JACOBS is my first novel by Morrill and I have to admit I loved it. I know many of my friends praised her first novel, MEANT TO BE, so I may have to check it out soon because of how much I enjoyed this book.

This novel starts off allowing us to get to know the back-story of both of the Sloane Jacobs. They both have lost their skating mojo in their respective sports and are sent to skate camps in Montreal for different reasons. There they legitimately run into each other and hatch a plan straight out of the Parent Trap. No, they're not related, but they both know how to skate and they happen to look alike. Plus, the same name makes it easy, no? Sloane Devon gives up her hockey skates to switch with the figure-skating Sloane Emily and the hilariousness ensues. I have to say that it was beautiful to watch both girls grow through their newly respective sports. The scenes that took place on the ice were wonderfully descriptive and I often found myself re-reading them because of this. Seeing Sloane Emily hip-check a bully twice her size while Sloane Devon learned how to put trust in a partner while being yelled at by her Russia coach, Katinka, exemplified amazing character growth. This was something that Morrill did beautifully. Morrill's side characters were amazing as well. When it came to Sloane Devon's time at figure-skating camp, I often found myself looking forward to scenes with Andy--a sassy figure skater who never ceased to put a smile on my face. Such strong characterization, however, is not evident in characters like Ivy who are entirely one-dimensional and your typical textbook bully. For the most part, all characters managed to wow me with their depth, though.

I also really enjoyed the slight romance found in both girl's lives. By no means was the romance a dominating plot point, but they provided very nice sub-plots. Both of the guys in the girls lives differentiated greatly, but they were genuine. The romance was slow-moving and believable and all around happy-making. Who could ask for a better type of connection?

The extremely personal aspects of both girls lives were amazing as well. I don't want to get into the details because they are yours to discover, but they are both escaping some really troubling times at home. When all of this comes to a climax at the very end of the novel, you can't help but flip the pages lightning fast. The ending was beyond perfect. I wouldn't have asked for it to be any different, except I could live with it never-ending because I loved these girls so much. They were not only hilarious, but very easy to connect to.

A small frustration with this novel was the fact that it was slightly dated. At one point, Sloane Emily points out that Sloane Devon's hockey bag smells so bad it must not have been cleaned since Justin Timberlake was putting out albums. First of all, I highly doubt that. Secondly, Justin Timberlake has now released a really successful album so your argument is invalid, Sloane. There was also a mention of the Bieber haircut when it was in style, which was quite a while ago. Pop culture references like this often had me shaking my head. I don't think such mentions should be in books unless they are still up to date. Just a personal pet peeve brought to light, here.

I highly recommend checking this book out! It's super adorable and full of laughs. In fact, I laughed so hard that a second glass of water was necessary while reading. Morrill can definitely bring a smile to your face. With that said, the entire novel was entirely implausible. Girls just don't change their entire athletics knowledge in a mere four weeks. But, if you can get past that, this novel takes you on a hilarious journey sprinkled with love, self-growth, learning to trust, and a barrel of laughs. It's perfect for absolutely anyone looking for a book to put a smile on their face and is also a great way to ring in the New Year!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 3 1/2 stars- a sweet, predictable read 28 novembre 2013
Par C. Widman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Being Sloane Jacobs is a must-read, and likely favorite, for fans of The Cutting Edge or any of its more recent sequels/reincarnations.

Morrill's Meant to Be was a sweet, read-in-one-sitting type of read and Being Sloane Jacobs hits the same notes. The story centers on there being two girls named Sloane Jacobs, one a figure skater and the other a hockey player. In a Freaky-Friday-esque scene, they run into each other and decide to switch places. (The premise is quite far-fetched, that there would be two people with such an odd name (especially for a girl) and that they would look enough alike to pass for the other.) Both girls are struggling with personal/family issues as well as with their respective sports.

Overall a quick, easy read that was a pleasant change of pace. While the storyline feels very familiar, and the plot follows a predictable path, it was still an enjoyable, innocent read (there is no profanity or anything more than kissing).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and Heart-Warming 16 décembre 2013
Par K. M. Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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BEING SLOANE JACOBS was a great contemporary story about switching identities in order to get away from a less than satisfactory life.

Sloane Emily Jacobs was a figure skater who messed up at Nationals and took some time off. Her father is a Senator and she walked in on him doing something really inappropriate with an aide. She doesn't know what to say to him. So going to a figure skating camp in Canada is a way to avoid talking even though it means facing her fears about skating.

Sloane Devon Jacobs is a hockey player who is having severe anger management issues and who has lost her confidence and ability on the ice. She isn't dealing at all well with her mom's stint in rehab after a drunken car crash.

When the two girls literally bump into each other in front of their hotel in Montreal the idea is born to change places. Sloane Emily is the instigator but Sloane Devon quickly sees the possibilities. Neither one thinks it will be hard to do okay at the other's sport. Both are in for rude awakenings! Each has to deal with mean girls but each makes friends and even finds a boyfriend. However, each of them is lying to the boyfriend about their identity.

I liked the dialog. Both Sloanes were well-drawn and well-rounded characters. Both were dealing the best they could with the problems in their lives and both were turning into strong, competent young women. I found the story entertaining and heart-warming.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A sweet, funny read - perfect for fans of Anna and the French Kiss! 7 janvier 2014
Par Kaitlyn (The Bookworm) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
How does Lauren Morrill do it? She writes some of the most adorable YA contemporaries ever. I can always count on her books to make me laugh and swoon.

I just love the premise of Being Sloane Jacobs. Two girls with the same name who meet and decide to switch lives for the rest of the summer? It's such a fun idea! I love how figure skating and hockey are incorporated into the book, too. I haven't read many YA books about ice skating, and I loved getting to learn about it in this book.

The two main narrators are both so unique and hilarious. I could easily relate to Sloane E. and her struggle between pleasing her family and doing what she enjoys. Sloane D., on the other hand, has a tougher and more aggressive personality, but this just made me like her even more. She has a funny sense of humor. I really love that both Sloanes have very different voices and personalities; I never got them confused at all. Morrill excels at writing two separate and distinct POVs in this book. Most authors can't accomplish this feat very well, but I was impressed with Morrill's ability to make both voices stand out.

The plot is very fast-paced and lighthearted. Of course, one must overlook the fact that in real life, the two Sloanes would have never been able to switch places without being found out right away. If you can get past that and simply enjoy the story, it's full of laughter and entertainment. I like how there's also some serious moments mixed in, though. Both Sloanes are running away from something in their life and trying to discover themselves, and there's a lovely coming-of-age theme about what it truly means to grow up.

This was an all-around fun, romantic read. Lauren Morrill is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and I can't wait to read her future books. Being Sloane Jacobs is perfect for fans of contemporary books such as Anna and the French Kiss or Smart Girls Get What They Want. If you're looking for a sweet, funny read, this is it!

Favorite quote: "Wannawatchamovietonight?" I say it so fast it all comes out as one long, newly invented word (country of origin: Swoonistan; meaning: "to swoon so hard as to be rendered incapable of enunciation").

*I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "You be me for awhile...and I'll be you." 11 février 2014
Par E.M. Bristol - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is basically "The Parent Trap," meets "The Cutting Edge." It's quite predictable but entertaining. You'll know how it's going to end - and what life lessons are going to get learned, but that won't keep you from wanting to cheer on the two heroines, both of whom share a first and last name and who are headed to the same city (Montreal) for the summer, as they hatch a plan to switch places. (Also their parents are, for assorted reasons, not helicopter parents, which would have made the plan impossible.) Sloane Emily Jacobs is the ice princess who is attempting a figure skating comeback after "eating ice" at the junior championships several years ago. The daughter of a prominent Washington, DC politician, she's used to having to monitor her behavior while in the public eye, and after she finds out an unpleasant secret about one of her parents, is more than ready for an excuse to ditch the pressure. She's slated for a cushy skating summer camp, but is dreading it. Meanwhile on the wrong side of town, Sloane Devon Jacobs is an ice hockey player with anger management issues, who gets an opportunity to attend an elite hockey camp in Canada. Sloane D. is also struggling with the fact that her mother is in rehab for alcoholism, and though her only chance at college is through a scholarship, is no longer sure she wants to play hockey. When the two girls meet at a hotel en route to their destinations, they decide to try and impersonate the other for the summer. Throw in some mean girls, cute guys, and temperamental coaches, and you've got wacky high jinks galore.

The book has alternating chapters from each girl's perspective. I thought the two girls' voices sounded awfully similar, but that didn't keep me from enjoying the book. There is no fairy tale ending, but it does end on an upbeat note and has a positive message about friendship, being there for your family members and staying true to your dreams, even if they're not what you originally expected.
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