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).
Originality: 4. This book is The Parent Trap and The Cutting Edge mashed together. Did anyone else see this? Or does this fact escape the notice of all those who are actually teens?
Absurdity: 4. Of course the ol' switchero is absurd. But what really struck me as suspect was how easily our Sloanes managed to hide that they were brand new to their sport. I mean, The Cutting Edge says this can soooort of happen, but still.....
Level of Harry Potterness: 4. Middle of the road story telling. Nothing creative, but still some cute moments a few after-school-special lessons make for an easy but pleasant enough read.
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