Friday, 6 November 2015

As I Am by Annalisa Grant


“You’re not invisible. You’re invaluable.”

When Kinley Carmichael looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see her blonde-haired, blue-eyed, size 4 twin sister. She sees her dark-haired, brown-eyed, size 12 self. 
Kinley and her twin sister Addison are excited to start their second summer as counselors at The Camp at Lake Hollis. All Kinley wants is to earn enough money to meet up with her mother so they travel the world as professional photographers. All Addison wants is to work on her tan, seduce a boy, and build her fashion budget. And while Kinley and Addison couldn’t be more opposite, nothing has ever stopped them from being the best of friends. 
It’s an especially great summer for Kinley as the official camp photographer and Notre Dame Quarterback Cal Harper showing interest in her. But when poet Miller Conrad arrives and rejects Addison’s advances, showing more interest in Kinley, true colors will shine and the sisters’ bond will be tested.
As Kinley and Miller’s connection deepens, Kinley feels like she can truly be herself without the internal scrutiny she’s developed in the shadow of her sister. But when Kinley inadvertently uncovers a terrible secret at the camp, Miller is left facing the demons of his own reasons for coming to Lake Hollis.
What was supposed to be the greatest summer of Kinley’s life turns out to be more life-changing than she ever imagined.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

First off I am not really keen on the cover for this book but I don't think it would put me off reading it. 

So Kinley and Addison go to camp to be counsellors and earn some cash while having a fun summer. They are twins but they don't really look alike and they are different people so they have different personalities. 

Kinley was a really cute and sweet character, she helped other people out and forgave things that I consider unforgivable but she is not really into arguing so it makes sense. She is curvier than Addy and Addy makes sure that she knows about it. She has quite low self esteem but is working on it. Kinley has a great group of friends at camp and they all love and support her which is clear in the book, it helps her get through her problems.

I love books that have a moral and this one does. As I Am is teaching us to love ourselves for who we are not what we look like. Miller doesn't judge Kinley by what she looks like but instead he gets to know her and that is what we all should do. 
As I Am also tells us to take control of our own lives and do things that you want to do because you want to do it not because somebody else has told you to. 

In general the story is a feel good story. I loved that the characters all seemed to act the ages that they are not older or younger.I think it might have been interesting to have dual perspectives and read a bit from Addison's point of view.

I gave it a 3 star on Goodreads

Thanks for Reading

Em x

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