Monday, August 18, 2014

Being Sloane Jacobs

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Review:
This book is a fun take on Parent Trap. Two girls are frustrated with their own lives, and so they decide to switch places. Things get complicated when you throw in unfamiliar territory, not to mention boys. This book really had it all. It was funny at times, yet deep and emotional at other times.

This book is written in a way that you get to hear the story from the perspective of both of the girls. This is important since they are at different places, yet their lives are intertwining. Writing books with more than one point of view can be difficult, but the author does a good job at making this flow seamlessly.

This book is cute and a a fun, light read. However, there are something that are just too unrealistic. This book doesn't perfectly fill in every hole in the story line, and it's a little cheesy at times. It was definitely a fun book to read though. This is my second book to read by Lauren Morrill and I am already a fan of hers. I would definitely recommend this book to any contemporary young adult lovers.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Just One Year

Just One Year by Gayle Foreman (Sequel to Just One Day- you can read my review of the first book here).

Goodreads Summary:
Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.

My Review:
I read Just One Day, and absolutely fell in love with it. It blew me away. So, naturally I was excited to read Willem's story. I was hoping that it would be even better than the first.

While I did really enjoy this book, it was a little disappointing. It was all about Willem and his journey to find LuLu. While parts of the book were interesting, other parts started to feel repetitive. So, I started to get bored. Despite all this, I found that I could not put the book down. I was turning pages so fast I was giving myself whiplash. All to find out when he would meet LuLu. I kept thinking it would be soon, but it's NOT UNTIL THE LAST PAGE. This book really is like the first one. It's not necessarily a sequel, it's just Willem's side of the story. I was interesting to see his side of some parts, but that's not what I wanted. I want to know what happens after they find each other again!!

4 stars