Author: Lauren Morrill
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Delacorte (January 7, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 3 Stars!
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.
As soon as I saw that Ms. Morrill had another book coming out I just knew I had to read it and it would be something that I wouldn't regret making time for.
This was such a cute read about two girls learning to cope with life, learning about love, growing up and facing those tough things in life that we sometimes just wish we could sweep under the rug and forget about.
Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon were both likeable characters with very different backgrounds but very similar issues not only in their family life but in the social/sports world as well. Both athletes on ice, albeit in a very different sport, and both trying to get away from something that they would rather forget about. Both girls grow throughout the story in more ways than one. They really learn who they are, what they want not only out of life but their families as well and both learn that even though we can ignore our problems, ignoring them doesn't make they going away. We can run but we can't hide.
While this isn't necessarily your typical coming of age story it could be somewhat predictably at times but that was okay, it worked and it never took anything from the story. While there was no mystery or intrigue about would happen, there were a lot of good moments watching the two girls come to terms with their life and most importantly grow as individuals along the way.
I think this story would appeal to not only young adults but to tweens as well. It really was an enjoyable, cute read that I am glad I took the time for.
(All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.)