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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?
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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.
I always love Sorensen's Contemporary novels. They always hit me right in the feels. The characters are always really scarred and damaged people. Well the main characters are, some of the instigators of the MC's problems sometimes come across as slightly cartoon-y versions of people. Sometimes, I mean I have encountered some pretty terrible people who treat family the way some of these characters are treated, but I still don't want to believe that people actually behave that way.
I really liked Isabella's character. She may have been treated like crap her whole life by her family, but she hasn't turned into a cold hurtful person. She still finds reasons to be happy, or at the very least content. She hasn't become callous either, but at this point developing a tough skin could be beneficial. I really felt for her when her father and sister and her mom would say things that were really uncalled for. She's a bright creative person who has a lot of artistic talent. But the people close around her life treat her like garbage, except for her grandmother, and her neighbor Kai.
I really liked Kai as well. He was funny and liked to give Isabella a hard time, with out being a jerk. You could tell he was doing it completely out of fun. What he said was never snide or hurtful. It was just a lot of pretty adorable playful teasing. I really look forward to getting to know his character more in future books.
I really hate Isabella's parents, they are just awful people who have been emotionally abusing their daughter since she was old enough to remember the things they've said. Talked down to her, discouraged her art, made her feel small and unimportant. I really hope they get what they deserve.