As I Am

The Book: As I Am, by AnnaLisa Grant

The Blurb: 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.

The Blabber: {sigh}. I want to like this book, I really do. Kinley Carmichael’s headed to summer camp as the official photographer. Things look pretty positive. She has a great group of friends there and the BMoC seems into her, but things begin to fall apart pretty quickly as Kinley –with her friends support and New Guy Miller’s encouragement- begins to assert herself. Throughout the entirety of the book I had to keep reminding myself that these characters where supposed to be 21-22, not 15-16. Which made the casual sex and binge drinking all the more alarming. And while I’m all for self-discovery and being who God made you to be, I was more than a little disturbed by the author’s message of ‘please yourself above all others’. Funny how when Addison took that attitude she was evil, but when Kinley took it, it was self-affirming. As I Am is a quick read with lots of potential, but I will not be recommending it to my daughter and/or nieces.

The Behest: I received this book free from NetGALLEY. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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