This month our Selective Collective book is Lauren Morrill’s “Being Sloane Jacobs.” We really enjoyed her adorable opposites-attract debut novel “Meant to Be,” so we were looking forward to reading this book as well. “Being Sloane Jacobs” was also very entertaining and actually read like a movie, considering the theme. Morrill offers up an identity swap story: there are two girls the same age with the same name: Sloane Emily Jacobs and Sloane Devon Jacobs. Not only do they share a name and age, but they also resemble each other and are attending intensive summer camps in Montreal that require the same skill: ice skating. Sloane Emily is attending a figure-skating camp (for the kind of skaters who go on to the Olympics, not the ice capades) and Sloane Devon is on her way to ice-hockey camp. Sloane Emily is from a wealthy politician’s family in DC, and Sloane Devon is from a working-class family in Philly. They decide to switch places and quickly discover that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Many thanks to Lauren’s publicist Lauren at Random House for sending us all copies of the book!
Just as Morrill’s novel has dealt with identity swap, over the years there have been many movies that have dealt with the same issue. Whether it’s identical twins, mothers and daughters, or just strangers who look alike, it’s been covered in different movies. We would like to highlight some of our favorites:
Make sure to check out everyone else in the Selective Collective’s features, especially the Author Q&A + Giveaway if you want a chance to win a copy of the book!