Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina. But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long-lost uncle and his preppy privileged family. Isabelle is taken away from everything she’s ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove doesn’t go 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 both girls’ lives forever.
I just recently read Belles by Jen Calonita and really enjoyed it! Belles was a cute book. It had plenty of drama, a cute love interest, and it told a great story :)
The book follows Isabelle and Mirabelle and the story is told in their alternating point of views. Isabelle grew up in the town of Harborside, which isn’t the best town. She is forced to move in to Emerald Cove with her cousin, Mirabelle, when her Grandma gets too sick to continue taking care of her. Emerald Cove is a really rich town who looks down on kids from Harborside; most people end up shunning Isabelle because of it. I really liked Isabelle and she had to go through so much! She was forced to move from the place that’s been her home her whole life to Emerald Cove, literally overnight. It makes sense that she would be nervous and unsure about the whole thing. It also probably didn’t help that she was moving in with relatives she had never met before. I would probably be pretty freaked out myself. She was a really relatable character to me.
I think the author wanted you to try to sympathize with her cousin, Mirabelle, but I found it really hard to. I understand it would be hard to automatically welcome a new member of you family, all of a sudden. However, she was so stuck up and couldn’t seem to see that there were more important things than her popularity and herself. Overtime, she starts to be a better person and change, which also helps a lot in being able to like her more. Another thing I loved about Isabelle was the fact that she stood up for herself and didn’t just stand there when she was insulted. This book was a cute, fun read that's a great book to read if you have some extra time on your hands. I’d give this book 4 out of 5 flowers.