By: Lauren Morrill
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. [From the book jacket]
Why I picked it up: After reading several books in a row that ended tragically, I was looking for something that didn’t leave me feeling down in the dumps. When I saw the book’s cover, it looked like it was would be a fun romantic read. I really enjoyed seeing how the girls discovered new things about themselves and that just because someone’s life looks more glamorous, things are not always what they seem.
Why I finished it: I really liked the modern twist on the Prince and the Pauper story. Both characters had issues to overcome but it was handled in a way that you were more focused on the girls’ journey than their obstacles. The pacing of the story kept me interested and I was able to finish it on a long car trip. You do have to ignore the fact that no one seems to recognize that the girls switched places (yes, they look similar but surely someone has seen them before!).
I’d give it to: Anyone who has wondered what it’s like to try a new life or is looking for a fun romantic read.
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Reviewed by: Ashley (Haggard Library)