September 10, 2015

Review - The Year I Became Isabella Anders by Jessica Sorensen

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The Year I Became Isabella Anders
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 Photography
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.

My 5 Star Review

I love falling in love with a new series and that’s exactly what happened when I read The Year I Became Isabella Anders. I loved the brokenness of the characters and how they found strength. I loved how the story moved quickly and continued to gain momentum until the very end. I was in shock when the book ended I was so engaged I wasn’t even looking at the percentage or where I was in the story. 

Isabella is the black sheep in her family. Her sister is the perfect daughter and is constantly receiving her parents praise and attention. I was immediately pulled into the story and had a huge desire to know and understand this family. Isabella is unique and artistic, but I couldn’t see why this would make her an outcast amongst her own family. Shortly after the story begins Isabella is shipped off to her grandmothers for the summer.

During this summer she travels Europe her with cousin and grandmother. She is on a mission of self discovery and learning as much about her past and who she wants to be now. She changes her appearance and becomes more comfortable with who she is, but it still doesn’t prepare her for when she returns home. 

The Year I Became Isabella Anders takes you on this journey of self discovery and immediately pulls you in. I loved learning about Isa and cheering her on while she finally decided to live her life. The story is made of some fantastic side characters and had lots of mystery and intrigue. I cannot wait to see what happens next and to see how the story plays out. Definitely one of my Sorensen favorites.

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