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
Sixteen year old Elijah Weston thought the small town of Lincoln wouldn’t ever be interesting. As far as he was concerned the place had an identity crisis. It wasn’t fully in the mountains and not close enough to the ocean to be called a beach town. It was the epicenter of boredom. With the throngs of churchgoers and bible preachers surrounding him, nothing ever seemed to change. He believed growing up, that his chance at ever leaving his home was a possibility that would never happen.
A terrible storm rolled in from out of nowhere and he saw her. At first he thought she was a mirage off in the distance, a trick of the rain pelting down on him. Surely his eyes had deceived him. Certainly he couldn’t have seen her walking out of the side of a mountain, could he? Yet, when she appeared again, suddenly coming to his rescue, he knew she was real and different than anyone he had ever seen. What he didn’t know was that she was here on Earth for a reason and she would do anything to get back home to Ekkos.
Hadley Morrow had a purpose, go to the other Earth, kill the intruder and return to Ekkos. She was to complete her task without anyone on the planet seeing her. It was a test, her first opportunity to prove herself. But he almost died because of her and she had to act. It was stupid but it happened. Now she finds herself stuck on the wrong planet with a boy she resents, but can’t leave behind.
Why do some readers hate my books and some readers love them? That is the question of the century! So many times I've read contradicting reviews and comments about my books and the question that always pops up is, "Did these people read the same book?"
I had a "lightbulb moment" today in a fourth grade classroom! I know what does one have to do with the other...LOTS.
I had the honor of team-teaching a lesson to a class of fourth graders today. They had been studying author's purpose and authors perspective so this lesson was the summation of the week. We chose a book that gave a lot of voice to the various characters. And so the lesson went differentiating between why an author writes a book- in fourth grade lingo that would be PIE- persuade, inform, entertain and how the author approaches the content with setting, actions, and voice.
This made me focus on my own purpose, or actually I was asked point blank by the students. Why do I write, what is our purpose as authors? Collectively I would say, it's our profession- we have to put food on the table somehow or to entertain and share with others. I would be amiss if I didn't mention, to make a bestselling list someday or what about because we love it. There are so many reasons why we write and every one of them is just as important as the other.
Okay, back to fourth grade. The students were tasked with finding how the author was able to give each character a different voice. Not only did they grasp the concept of word choice, story differences, and actions, but they also found that the illustrations used symbolism to portray the different perspectives.
So that being said, what did I learn? I learned the same thing we have been saying all along, just as every student doesn't learn the same way. Every reader doesn't approach every book the same way. I know symbolism in it's finest here...bear with me! :) As a teacher, my job is to make sure I reach every learner with any approaches I can find that are effective. Many of those students today, I'm sure didn't completely understand the concept. That is okay though because tomorrow we'll do it again in a different way. We'll gain a few more with each approach until they all finally get it and can be successful.
The same concept applies to my job as an author. Readers come with different experiences and expectations to each book they open. That's the beauty of it. We can keep writing and gain a few new readers with each book because each one is different. So yes in answer to my question, those readers did read the same book they just had a different perspective while reading it! The next time I read a review that isn't flattering I'll remember those fourth grade babies and how we all see things differently!