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Isabella Anders has always been the girl that never fit in. Most days she feels invisible, especially when she’s around her older sister, Hannah, who catches the eye of everyone, including Kai and Kyler, the boys who live next door.
Isabella has had a crush on Kyler for years, but knows he’ll never see her as anything more than Hannah’s little sister, unless she finds a way to standout.
When Isabella gets an offer from her grandmother to travel overseas for the summer, she seizes the opportunity, hoping she’ll discover more about herself. And she does, but not in the way that she expected.
Three months later, Isabella returns home an entirely new person. The change is enough to catch both Kyler and Kai’s attention. But Isabella is still struggling with what she discovered over the summer and until she deals with the truth, she’ll never truly be herself.
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Photography by Lauren at Perrywinkle PhotographyCold rain instantly soaks through my clothes as I skip down the driveway, moving awkwardly, because I can’t bend one knee. I don’t care though. Rain is awesome. And it smells so great. Seriously, if I could, I’d skip around in the rain all the time. My hair is drenched by the time I reach the sidewalk, and the flip-flops splash water from the puddles all over the backs of my legs. It reminds me of this one time Kai and I walked home in the rain and we intentionally splashed in all the puddles. “Isa! What are you doing?!” Someone shouts with a hint of laughter in their voice. My head whips to the side as I stumble to a stop. Kai is standing out on the side deck, beneath the shelter of the roof, and I think he might be laughing at me, but the veil of rain crashing from the cloudy sky makes it difficult to see. “Going to the paint store!” I shout then wave at him and start to skip off again. “Are you crazy?” he calls out. “You can’t walk to town in the middle of a rainstorm.” I sigh and slow down again. “I’m not walking! I’m skipping!” My eyelashes flutter against the rain. “Can’t you wait until it at least stops raining?” he asks, shaking his head as I jump into a puddle. “No way! It’s either the rain or being in the house with Hannah. And I choose the rain. Besides, rain is awesome!” I can hear him laughing all the way from over here. “Would you get your ass over here?” He waves at me to come to him. “I’ll drive you if you really want to go. But it’s too damn cold for you to be playing around in the rain, no matter how cute you look.” Cute? Did he just call me cute?
Do you know what I love about Jessica Sorensen? That she is consistent. Her writing gets better with each story.
In The Year I Became Isabella Anders, we see Isabella really come into her own. She lives with her parents and her older sister but is treated second rate. When her grandmother takes her to Europe with her cousin for the summer she leans to love herself.
What I love about this story is that it's about a girl who is made to feel like she is less than nothing but still pushes herself. She has a crush on a neighbor Kyler, who has always been kind to her and not allowed others to bully her. Kyler's brother Kai is also an outsider and while he and Isabella used to be close life happens. I loved that before she left he wants to keep in contact with her and asks her to text him pics. He slowly seeped into my system and I wanted to root for them because both of them are outsiders.
When secrets are revealed I was in shock! I mean I love me some drama but I didn't expect that and now my mind is turning over and over with the Who? What? Where? and Why's. I can't wait until the next installment because I need to know what happens with Isabella and Kai's journey as well as her journey with her family.
I was saddened during some of the parts of this book. I couldn't believe how some people allow others to be treated. I was pissed with her Dad I wanted to slap him. But overall this is a great story and Jessica has once again out done herself. Right away I was drawn in and refused to stop reading until I had no more to read.
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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.