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Sloane Emily Jacobs and Sloane Devon Jacobs meet each other on the way to ice skating and ice hockey summer camps and decide to switch places as neither wants to deal with the issues in their lives. Sloane Emily Jacobs is a high schooler with family issues she just wants to get away from, but she does not want to go to ice skating camp. Her dad is a wealthy senator who was just discovered to have had an affair, so there's lots of very public drama in her life. She quit ice skating a couple years ago when she messed up a jump at a competition, but her parents have decided to send her back to ice skating camp in Montreal. so she can make her comeback. Sloane Devon Jacobs is a high schooler who also has family issues, though different than Sloane Emily's. Her family doesn't have a lot of money and her mom recently entered rehab for alcohol abuse. She's banking on a ice hockey scholarship, but after starting a fight at one of her games, she gets forced into attending summer camp in Montreal. She doesn't want to go.
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The night before each of their camps start, Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon run into each other in the hotel they're staying at. At first they despise each other, like many ice skaters and hockey players do. But then, shocked that they have the same names (with different middle names) and look a little bit alike, they start talking and eventually decide since neither of them wants to go to their camps, they'll switch places. They teach each other everything they can about their sports and the next morning they separate.

Sloane Emily immediately meets Matt on her way to hockey camp. She lies and tells him she's from Philly, like Sloane Devon is. She starts falling for him, but hears he's a player and tries to stay away from him. Camp gets off to a rough start, with Sloane Emily's suite-mate being a large rough girl who has it out for her on the rink. Sloane has to practice extra hard so other camp goers don't figure her out. Sloane Devon also has a rough time when she gets to camp. Her roommate instantly doesn't like her, but luckily for her she meets Andy, another figure skater who befriends her. She also runs into Nando, a boy from her hometown who is in Canada to play hockey. He believes she's at ice hockey camp and she doesn't tell him otherwise.

As camp goes on, both Sloane's get better at their sport, with Sloane Devon pairing up with Andy to participate in doubles skating. Sloane Emily begins dating Matt who promises she can trust him. Sloane Devon is spending a lot of time with Nando who reveals to her that he's stopped playing hockey and loves that she still plays.

Right before the final ice skating competition, People magazine reports on Sloane Emily's family and her father's political scandal. Sloane Devon's roommate sees a photo of the family and realizes Sloane Devon is not who she says she is and threatens to out her. Matt also discovers that Sloane Emily is not who she said she is and has never played hockey in her life. While Nando learns Sloane Devon has been lying to him, too. The two Sloanes get together and decide they need to finish the final days of camp no matter what.

Both Sloanes families show up for the final events and Sloane Emily's family ends up watching her play hockey, while Sloane Devon's family watch her in the ice skating competition. Both families are shocked but proud of the girls. Matt learns why Sloane Emily lied to him and cheers for her at the final game. Even when she returns home, the two continue seeing each other. Sloane Emily talks to her family and they begin working their way through their problems. Sloane Devon's mother is allowed out of rehab to watch her skating competition. She tells Sloane Devon she's doing well and is almost done with rehab. Nando also learns why Sloane Devon lied to him and he forgives her and the pair begins dating. Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon remain friends after the summer is over.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked Being Sloane Jacobs because I thought it was a fun, light-hearted book that delved into circumstances many people dream about (i.e. switching places with someone else). If there was anything I didn't like about the book it's that it didn't feel entirely realistic.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was when Sloane Emily first admitted to herself that she was falling for Matt. She attempted to stay away from him, but his charms and promises finally made her realize she could trust him.

Opinion about the main character: Sloane Emily Jacobs and Sloane Devon Jacobs were both likable characters in very different ways, but what I liked best about them is that they evolved throughout the book and ended up becoming good friends.

The review of this Book prepared by Susan Anderson a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Loving/sexing?    -   guy chasing

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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