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Monday, November 12, 2012

Belles by Jen Calonita

Belles
Belles #1
by Jen Calonita
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Poppy; Reprint edition (September 11, 2012)
Language: English
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Raised in a run-down house on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina, Isabelle "Izzie" Scott has always loved her less-than-charmed life by the beach. But when the grandmother she lives with needs to move into a nursing home, a social worker places Izzie with a politically prominent long-lost uncle and his preppy, privileged family, taking her away from everything she's ever known.

Unfortunately, inserting Izzie into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove isn't going so well. Her cousin Mirabelle Monroe isn't thrilled to share her life with an outsider, and in addition to dealing with all the rumors and backstabbing that lurk beneath their classmates' Southern charm, a secret is unfolding that will change Izzie's and Mira's lives forever.

Belles is a book that I enjoyed reading. The characters and the situation are believable and thoroughly developed. The story is a familiar one in some ways. There is one girl, in this case a 15 year old sophomore, who is the queen of the exclusive private high school and is willing to do just about anything to maintain control over her minions. Then there is our main character, Izzie Scott, who has transferred from the poor area of the region to live with a distant cousin and his family. Izzie must not only deal with the loss of her home, friends, and life, but must adjust to a new home, school and life with a family she has never even met. It might seem helpful that there is a daughter, Mirabelle, who is the same age as Izzie. However, Mira is the best friend of the most popular Savannah, who is determined to show Izzie that she doesn't belong there. This isn't a heavy, dark, teenage drama, but it is a good story, easy and enjoyable to read with a good message. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone.
Content:
  • Sexual Content: Mild
  • Profanity: Minor
  • Other Notables: Mira's best friend, Savannah, has a bottle of vodka at a big society party.
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33 comments:

  1. Love your review! It's short, yet has all the essentials in it. Sounds like a book with serious teen drama in it, which I've actually been reading quite a lot lately. I want to read this book so much now!

    Lust For Stories

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  2. I am so in love with this cover and now with the story that promises to be very good. It has all the elements I enjoy in a good read =]]

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  3. Great review! Thanks for making it spoiler free ;) I'll read it soon, I have it on my TBR list :)

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  4. This sounds like an interesting book. I haven't read any teen drama lately so I think it would be a refreshing read.

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  5. Great review! Glad it was such a fun read; it's been on my TBR list for a while!

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  6. This seems like a really great book. I know a lot of people who have really enjoyed it. It sounds like a fun and enjoyable read! Thanks for the great review!!

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  7. This book has been catching my eye for some time, but now that I read the review I really want to read it!

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  8. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from the dark, heavy books and read a light, easy to read one and this sounds like just the book! I love the cover and am glad to read your comments that you liked it and would recommend it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  9. I've been wanting to read this book. I love the cover too! Thanks for the lovely review :D

    -Dannielle

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  10. thanks for review,it's great... I love book cover and this book sounds interesting, I want to read :)

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  11. I love YA books. They transport me back to days that I wish I knew then what I know now. lol Great review - and wow - I love that cover. :)

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  12. Gret review! Sounds like such a great read and can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  13. Thanks for your review :) I enjoy fish-out-of-water stories. This was already on my TBR list.

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  14. This sounds really interesting. Thanks for reviewing.

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  15. This has been on my TBR for quite a while now. Just bumped it up on my TBR.
    Great review! Spoiler-free, short and to the point! Thanks!

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  16. Glad you enjoyed this one!! This sounds like a great addition to the contemporary genre.

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  17. this looks really good thanks for the review

    kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. The Belles is on my TBR pile since the release! I love reading about teens drama.

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  19. Great review! Can't wait to read this book!

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  20. Thank you for your review. BELLES looks like such a great read.

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  21. This is PERFECT! Sometimes I actually prefer a concise, shorter review to a much longer post! Glad the characters were well developed, and the plot sounds like fun - I'd really enjoy reading BELLES <3
    Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)

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  22. Sounds fantastic! Can't wait to read it! Thanks for the chance! x

    -Jolainne

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  23. This looks like a great book, thanks for the review!

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  24. Ooh, I wanna read this. It seems very realistic :D

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  25. The cover drew me in, and the pretty names :) Sounds interesting and unusual.

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  26. Sounds like a great book,love the cover!Thanks for the short and sweet review! :)

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  27. Lovely, Janeth!
    I expected a little bit more action? but from your review it's still interesting for me as everything depends on Mirabelle's decision about Izzie's (school)life against her best friend!

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  28. I love YA contemporary dramas so this one might be my cup of tea. Also, southern belles are ALWAYS a plus.

    Thanks for the review

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