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. – Goodreads
Some important facts to know about me: I love Disney channel movies and figure skating. This probably is reflected in my review of said novel.
The story starts out with Sloane E(mily), a figure skater with a loving yet slightly overbearing family who lives in DC. She’s dealing with her mother who wants her to be a star, her father is too busy worrying about his career in the Senate and then there is her brother James who doesn’t care about what his parents think and worries just about him (and Sloane). Her parents also are convinced she is MTB with this slimy boy who tried to molest her at an event. When she brings this up to her parents she is very much shut down because he comes from a good family that would give her father even more power.
After that dinner we meet Sloane D(evon). Sloane D, is a hockey player who enjoys a good fight. She’s so good at fighting, that her coach has had enough and benches her for the next three games of next season. Her family is completely different from Sloane E. Her mom isn’t currently in the picture, her family is lower to middle class and she has a secret: she can’t shoot a hockey puck. Her father is riding on hockey for her to have a future at college and she can’t shoot a puck. Her father try to be close, but her mother leaving cut her to the bone and Sloane D uses her words to cut her father and say things she can’t take back (something we’re all guilty of).
They both have something in common though: they want to be someone other than themselves.
Insert Hockey Camp! At hockey camp we learn that Sloane E saw something she shouldn’t have and her father is trying to pay her off. Which is just awkward. We learn that Sloane D is having a hard time with her mother leaving.
The story very much has a Parent Trap vibe to it. Which is not an insult from me. I love and adore that movie. There are just parts to it that are like the Parent Trap where it is hard to believe, even if Lindsay Lohan is playing you. That being said I felt for both Sloane’s even if for different reasons. Although their lives look “perfect” to the other from the outside they are clearly not. They both want to fit in and be accepted and that is hard no matter what age or what circumstances you are faced with.
A major circumstance is of course the two of them switching places. After a bonding moment showing each other various bruises (ouch) they decide this is it. They are going to do it. The two then fight misconceptions that they didn’t even know they had. The hockey star figures out that figure skating isn’t as easy as dancing on ice. There is stretching and practice and part of her body she didn’t even think could hurt. The figure skater finds out that hockey is
Sloane D, even finds a handful of people at skating camp that she even likes. Including Bee, a native to the area who shows Sloane an excellent bar with actual food and a very cute bartender. A bartender, Nando, who knows Sloane D from home. Her home. Not Sloane E’s home. Sloane E starts to figure out that lying to everyone is becoming harder and harder than she thought. Sloane E. also has a boy, a boy named Matt. Matt who is known around camp for being a player that all the woman enjoys. Is this true? A boy, in a YA novel get a bad rap? Never.
This book is very realistic YA. Or as realistic as a Parent Trap-esque movie could be, but you know what I mean. There is love, and heartbreak and parts where it hurts to read, but being a teen is never easy. This was a solid YA read and exactly what I needed to start off 2014.