Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

First of all, can I be honest and say that the main reason I wanted to read this book was for the cover? It is gorgeous.

Being Sloane Jacobs is about two girls who are both named Sloane Jacobs, who bump into each other on their way to summer camp. One is going to ice skating camp while the other is going to hockey camp. Both disillusioned with their sport and dealing with things they'd rather escape in their personal lives, the girls, who look somewhat similar, decide to switch places. Naturally, awkward and funny situations ensue, while the girls also have the chance to deal with some of the deeper issues they are experiencing.

Being Sloane Jacobs was a fun and addictive read, one that I finished in two days, which pre-motherhood and pre-career wouldn't have been all that impressive, but now that I work full time and have a toddler is not too shabby. The comedy is situational and the characters are both likable. There isn't a ton of depth here -- while the characters do develop and change during their month of impersonation, they don't delve too deeply into introspection, and their main accomplishments at the end of the book are managing to get through sports camps in sports they don't play and landing attractive love interests. However, if you are looking for a little light-hearted fun, Being Sloane Jacobs was delightful.

The real thing the book left me with was the desire to visit Montreal, stay in the Westin, and eat a lot of poutine. Anyone care to join me?

3 stars

Warnings: Some adult themes (infidelity, alcoholism), maybe light swearing? I don't remember

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