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.
I know I have been doing a lot of Books Tours and Blitz’s recently but today I have a good and pure book review! This week’s read is “The Year I became Isabella Anders,” by Jessica Sorenson. I had the honor of doing an interview with her which you guys can check out very soon.
TYIBIA ( book name is long so I am abbreviating it to this) is a story about a girl who feels lost in her own home. Isabella’s mother and older sister are mentally abusive and her father doesn’t do anything to stop it. She has a crush on her next door neighbor Kyler (why are guys with K names so sexy?) but is too self conscience to act on it. She finally has a way out when her grandmother, the only person who believes in her and loves her fully, invites her to Europe. After a summer away, she comes back more confident and beautiful. Now the next door neighbors Kyler and his brother Kai are fawning over her. This does not send the best message to people reading this that in order to be liked, to be prettier.
Throughout the book there are many plot twists and turns but the first and supposedly “biggest” was easy to guess. Isabella and her cousin Indigo start looking into why Isabella’s family hates her so much and find it is because her mother and sister aren’t her real mother and sister. It turns out that Isabella’s father had an affair and she was the result. I guessed that because there was really no other explanation to why her family resented her so much. Also from the beginning I had the prediction that she would end up with Kai not Kyler. My reasoning was, Kai loved her before the trip, showing he thought she was beautiful and smart from the start. Though it did not happen in this book, that is my prediction for the third book which hasn’t come out yet.
Overall it was a good book but I do not read many contemporary books so it was something new. Cliche at some points but well written. I give this book:
Check out Gracedwithbooks.com for my interview with Jessica Sorenson tomorrow!
XOXO Shelby Grace