Book Review: Being Sloane Jacobs

Posted January 26, 2014 by Kara in book review, Kara / 7 Comments

Book Review: Being Sloane JacobsBeing Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Published by Delacorte Press on January 7th, 2014
Genres: contemporary, young adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Switching places with someone else has never been more fun than in this new 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

How I looked forward to Being Sloane Jacobs. How I looked forward to reading a book by this author! But this book was simply not what I thought it was going to be, and perhaps Meant to be is her better book and I am STILL looking forward to reading that. Before I get to the complaining and ranting, I want to talk about the good things first…which there are not a lot of. Sorry.

The writing is not bad. It’s not good either, but it’s passable and that’s pretty much the reason this book gets two stars instead of one. I felt detached from all the characters and I don’t think they really stood out or had much personality, unfortunately, so to me this book was just words on a page that I really could not wait to be finished with. That said, I do think the author can write, just maybe not this particular subject. There is no one more sad about that than me. I know I say that a lot, but in this case I really mean it, because FIGURE SKATING!! 

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No. Do not read this for the figure skating. You will be disappointed. Especially if you are educated on the sport like I am. There is nothing that pisses me off more than a book that is poorly researched, or what I feel in this case feels like ZERO research at all.

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There were so many inconsistencies and things that would never have happened. There were so many times I was tempted to DNF. But I stuck it out because I thought it might get better. I thought the payoff would be worth it in the end. Honestly, it wasn’t. Not worth my time. For those wondering, the sport of figure skating does NOT work the way it’s portrayed in this book. You cannot learn the jumps this girl does after only a summer of figure skating camp. The way the competition works at the end? Would never happen. That is not how the scoring system works. Everything has a point value , and a simple routine like the one they did would not get them enough points for second place. Pairs teams rarely, if EVER, attempt side by side triple axles. Most female skaters will NEVER be able to do a triple axle. Heck, some men can’t do one. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s very irritating to have to read a book written by someone who didn’t even bother to research the sport they were writing about. It leaves a REALLY poor taste in my mouth.

So you have poor research, flat characters, and then on top of that, just a really predictable and unoriginal plot line. It was pretty much exactly like The Parent Trap which was cute and not what I had an issue with. What I had an issue with was that nothing was a surprise. I saw everything coming and it felt all very amateurish. The romances were cliche and too cutesy for me. Everything just let me down. I was sooo disappointed with this book, you guys. You don’t even know. I really want to give it one star because it was pretty bad but it wasn’t awful. Like there is a line or something it was so close to crossing but it didn’t.

This book was just a fail on almost every level for me.


7 responses to “Book Review: Being Sloane Jacobs

  1. Bravo for finishing it… I didn’t. I couldn’t. I just simply couldn’t. I don’t know anything about either sports but I know I just wasn’t interested in it either. I agree, the characters didn’t stand out to me. There was too much talk of the sports and not enough about the characters.

    • Yeah, I can see that. I honestly found the characters kind of flat, which was disappointing as I had heard so much about them in her other book. Now I am worried I won’t like that one. :-/

    • Meant To Be was cute! I really enjoyed it. Plus they go to London! I love books where characters travel. But this one was just… it was disappointing considering how much I liked her previous book!

  2. research? That always makes me insane annoyed when reading a book. I’ve seen mixed thoughts on this one, looks like it’s just one of those reads that have no depth and are just read when you’ve only got half a head

    Lovely review, Kara! <33

    • I think if you are not really close to either sports and don’t follow them religiously like I do, you might like it more. I grew up in Hockeytown and I used to figure skate and still follow it closely. It was disappointing to say the least.

  3. As soon as you said “side by side triple axles” I started to laugh uncontrollably! I don’t figure skate but I’ve literally been a fan of the sport for years and so I probably know more about it than a lot of non skaters. Yeah, won’t be reading this! Thanks Kara!

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