Fifteen-year-old Isabelle loves her impoverished North Carolina beach community, but when her grandmother must enter a nursing home, Izzie is placed with. In the first book of a formulaic new series, a lower-class girl is introduced to Southern high society in all its catty glory. There’s plenty of drama but few surprises in this contemporary rags-to-riches story from Calonita (Reality Check), first in a four-book series.
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I loved both of these girls from beginning to end! Overall, I was surprised that I really enjoyed Belles. Granted, part of that could be because there’s a big “secret” as advertized on the front of the book, where is says, “Two Southern girls.
She had good friends, neighbors who watched out for her, and a strong sense of community with strong adults respecting her independence although concerned for her welfare. Yet, their behavior in this was far from that. I think that high school girls would be interested in this book the most, because they could relate well to the two main characters. And I like how the author very accurately portrayed the debutante thing with the exception of the hazing thing unlike most books and tv shows.
Yep, read it in 5 hours straight. That didn’t settle right with me.
She ends up in Emerald Cove trying to adapt to her new life and family. Jen is a fantastic author, and I loved the What an amazing book.
He couldn’t stand up to his mommy, but he did yell at his sister a couple of times.
Izzie is from Harborside which is known as a bad place, thefts happen, not a good place to live. I loved the plot and how she created the characters.
I saw every event coming, even the “big twist” Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. I really can’t wait to see what the next book has in store Izzy remains my favourite of the two, mostly because I can relate to her more.
If you have not read the first book, you might not beles to read this review. I also could really relate to Izzie as she is thrown bflles all the pomp and circumstance.
As much I as I liked her too, I could tell that there was more to Dylan than met the eye. Throughout the book there are a lot of good messages. I’m really enjoying getting to know these characters.
The competitive world of high school mixed with gowns, politics, enemies and boys. How can it not catch your attention? The book’s title, its description, the tagline, the marketing, the cover–everything about Belles emphasized the South.
Plus Mira is still upset over no longer being friends with Savannah and the rest of her friends. She has to live with distant relatives and she has no idea who they are or where she is going. There is a Cinderella factor to some extent as Izzie goes from poor to rich in a matter of hours.
Then we have the family and friends who really bring out the colors in this calohita – as in Belles. Having lived a privileged life, Mira comes off as a bit conceited and bratty at first.
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By looking at cover, I can imagine the characters, mostly the sisters. Izzie is down-to-earth and easy to connect with. But Mirabelle bellles of drove me nuts with what an inherent follower she was. Monroe’s chances at a senate seat.