Wednesday, December 4, 2013

While You Wait: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

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 by Lauren Morrill
Release date: January 7, 2014

Normally for my While You Wait posts, I like to share books. However, this is my blog and I'm going to do what I want.  I'm currently roughly 100 pages into this book and really enjoying it.  It actually reminds me of several movies.
I believe Lauren said on Twitter that this film played a small role in inspiring Being Sloane Jacobs.  A figure skater and hockey player find themselves thrown together for pair skating after they both have career troubles.  Trust me when I say this film is delightfully cheesy.
All right, I haven't seen this one, but it is about ice hockey.  I would have selected a film that features women's ice hockey, but I don't know of any, so someone will have to make one. In the meantime, I hope this one is enjoyable for you guys.
By the time you've watched The Cutting Edge and Miracle, you are well on your way to a Winter Olympics Movie Marathon. This, friends, is the piece to complete your marathon.  If you ever find yourself wondering when the appropriate time to watch Cool Runnings is, the answer is always. Anytime is a great time for this cinematic masterpiece.
Annie and Hall are technically twins, but they're strangers when they first meet, and they do switch places.  This movie was my first introduction to the old switcheroo, and reading Being Sloane Jacobs has made me want to watch it again.
While this movie is also about switching, it's more like Morrill's novel.  Amanda is tomboy orphan and Alyssa is a feminine girl, like Sloane Devon and Sloane Emily.  Plus, when I couple this with my recommendation of The Parent Trap, I've reminded you that you have the chance to see three celebrities when they were still young and innocent.

So there you have it.  Enjoy your field trip back into the 90s and early otts.  I'm proud to send you off until Being Sloane Jacobs officially releases.

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