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. p
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.
Right off the bat you feel something is off with Isabella and her family. They treat her like the ugly step sister and maybe a step above dirt. When she discovers the truth she finally understands why but it only creates more questions.
The story reminds me a lot of Cinderella but has a lot of modern touches that separate the two stories. Isabella has to deal with the same things that Cinderella did but with her own problems.
As the story comes to an end, a love triangle starts to form between Isabella and her neighbors next door. She has been in love with Kyler her whole life and he finally notices her. Kai and her had been friends and he finally sees what he could have but only if proves his worth. I’m not a fan of love triangles but it becomes obvious that you are one side and get frustrated with Isabella for some of her decisions.
While the story is similar to Cinderella, it sets itself apart because all the characters have depth and while we may not like Isabella’s mom and sister, but you could see how they got to the way that they acted. We get to see Isabella gain her confidence with the help of her sassy cousin Indigo and the best grandma ever. As with anything that’s in a hostile environment, she struggles to keep that confidence but thanks to Kai it makes it easier.
The story has a a little bit of a cliffhanger but not to bad. There are a lot of questions that still need to be answered and we should get that in the next book. And thankfully there is at least one more book.
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 familyFacebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads
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