By Lauren Morrill
Audience: All Teens
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.
Don’t you just love switcheroos? This is a great light read when you need a break from all things serious. The chances of something like this happening in real life are pretty... slim. However, in teen fiction, it’s so much fun. Also, I love ice skating. It’s so much fun! That being said, the two girls learn a lot from each other’s lives. The experience makes them stronger, better people. The overall message is that we should step outside our own lives and think about other people.
P.S. It was nice that the book was set in Montreal, but I wish it would have been more of a character in the story. I didn’t feel like I got to know the city very well and I would have liked to have learned more about it.