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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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Cold 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?
It has been awhile since I have read anything in the YA genre. I became a little disillusioned when all the books started to have the same story line. When the opportunity to read this book came up, I was hesitant but I really liked the synopsis so I figured, why not? I am so glad I went for it! With each book, Jessica Sorensen’s writing gets better and better.
I think that we all had a little Isabella Anders in us when we were in high school. Awkward, misunderstood, marching to the beat of her own drum, Isabella is used to being invisible, both at school and at home. A chance to go to Europe with her cousin and grandmother leads her on an adventure in which she discovers who she is and how to love the “new, improved” Isabella. I would definitely say the story is fairytale-esque – a Cinderella story with an edge.
This story has all the elements of a fantastic read. A love story, both platonic and romantic in nature, mixed with adventure and even a little mystery thrown in, all rolled into one incredible book. Honestly, reading it made me so happy, like I can have faith that there are original ideas in the YA genre again. As I mentioned before, the writing was incredible, the plot line stayed right on point. I will definitely be having my daughter and her friends read about Isabella Anders….
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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.