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The Isabel Factor

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  339 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
When the fearless Zoe breaks her arm in a fall, Anna must brave summer camp -- and her debut as a Counselor In Training -- without her best friend. Going it alone is not something Anna is ready for. Cruising along in Zoe's shadow had been comfortable, but now Anna is out in the full glare of the sun. There's no hiding from harsh truths and plenty of people to point them ou ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Kids Can Press
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Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: summer, northwest
cute book, terrible cover
Emma Kruyer
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I originally picked up The Isabel Factor because I needed a quick read that I could suffer through and finish, but that wasn’t the case. The author, Gayle Friesen, had a way of drawing you into the life and mind of Anna, the protagonist. The book was about how Anna, who always stood in her friend’s shadow, was going to survive camp by herself. When Anna meets Isabel, a girl who is wild and free, she begins to know the real her and what it is like to be yourself. As the book went along, I felt An ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    I rate The Isabel Factor by Gayle Frissen 2 out of 5 stars. I give this book a low rating because of the way the author physically describes the characters is not very descriptive. For example on page 12 it says “Zoe was daring, restless and hardly afraid. There was excitement around her, even if you weren't exactly the type of person who liked to do daring things. (Me) She wasn’t afraid to live life; I wasn’t afraid to take notes. That quote shows you a good description of Zoe, but not Anna ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
From the beginning i was hooked on this book.Friesen does a good job putting you into the situation that Anna is in with her best friend, Zoe. I personally would recommend this book to anybody, its a heartwarming story about two best friends getting separated that were together forever to learn to be without one another.

The first impression i got of Zoe was that she was wild and willing to anything and not afraid at all..on the other hand Anna seemed to be on the other side of the spectrum. Th
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Eh. That's what I thought of this book. It was just eh. I read it in a few days, not because I couldn't put it down, but because I just wanted to finish it so I could get onto my next book. I liked the plot, and how it was set at summer camp. And I do think that the book had a good message, but I just couldn't get into it. Anna seemed a little annoying, and Isabel seemed just like her best friend Zoe, except a little more outgoing. There wasn't any romance in this novel, which was probably one o ...more
Suzanne Montigny
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great teen novel by Gayle Friesen, though I have to admit I wasn't as entranced by it as I was with Janey's Girl, largely because I'm not a teen who goes to summer camp. However, teen girls will love it. It's well written as is to be expected by Ms. Friesen's high standards. There are also some good moral lessons here that are not presented in a pendantic manner, just the main character's evolution as the story progresses. I really enjoy Gayle's novels and am so glad to have found such a ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the sweet story, that was surprisingly fairly original, though very predictable. (Summer camp, really?) I sat down and read it in one sitting, and didn't ever really feel obligated to stop, I just wasn't very taken with it.

But, I will say that main reason I even picked up the book was the descriptive and well written chapters, so that did make up a little for the average story.
Danielle Lura
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing. This book was really cool because it talks and tells the story of a girl who follows in Her best friends shadow and now she can't. She has to learn to be herself and stop hiding. She makes a new friend who isn't afraid to be herself and put herself out there. I really do recommend you read this book. It was fabulous.
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so maybe I'm a little biased since my name is Isabel and my sister's name is Anna, but I really liked this book. A lot.

I thought it was a fun book but I don't remember a lot about it, I read it a year ago--don't know why I'm doing a review just now! It was really good though.

I suggest reading it.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Shelves: unfinished
I originally checked out this book to read to my little sister with the same name. I was very disappointed to see all the swear words in the text. This was hardly an appropriate book for her. The story was very bland, and kind of predictable. All in All, I was very disappointed in the quality of this book.
This book has some language. So be warned.
It was a cute book about friends -- one always has to win and then finally that's not enough for the loser. It's about being okay with who you are and learning the group doesn't have to rule and isn't necessarily right.
Sep 24, 2010 added it
this book really taught me alot about friendship, it actuali hhelped me identify my real self. i see myself as anna because i am always trying to please others and i never want anything bad to be said about me. i guess this book talks about majurity.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the realization that isabel brings with her, her blunt attitude, just how real she is compared to the pretend attitude of the main character and her best friend. I loved the lessen isabel tought to the main character... i enjoyed reading this book.
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
really good, about a girl and her friend (zoe) who are CIT's at a camp, and zoe can't go for the first couple weeks, and then anna (the main character) meets isabel, and zoe and anna's friendship changes. READ
Nov 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book. In fact, I hated it.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
It was a great book to see how friends can work through difficult situations.
Ceci Rodriguez
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was great!
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Liked this book a lot, very funny :)
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!!!!!
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great summer

read. Makes me wish I was at camp.
May 26, 2008 added it
this is such a funny book! i love te writting style!
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
i really liked this book....but for some reason i wish it had gone on longer
Buckeyeroo18 iluvbooks
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great book that is really touching. A book definately for tweens. It's about girls going to a camp. A perfect book about friendship, keeping the old but making new.
Mei-Mei Chang
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was pretty bland and predictable. Stereotypical summer camp, over-used friendship story situation.
Aug 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Honour Book for the CLA Young Adult Book Award in 2006.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Isabel by: Lisa Taylor
This was a very good book. I didn't piick it out my friend did!

Thank You Lisa!!!!!
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books I read over and over again in middle school
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is just amazing! I loved it... and got REALLY sad when I finished it!
Sutthida Vonn
I thought that this was a good book. It teaches you about friendship.
rated it really liked it
Oct 28, 2011
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