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Belles by Jen Calonita Book Review

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. 


  1. This one keeps popping up everywhere, I really have to read it asap. ^^ Thanks for the review!

    Aleksandra @ Divine Secrets of a Little Bookworm

  2. Omg you have no idea how bad I want to read this book. I need it like a fat kid needs cake! Really hope I get it soon and you review makes me want it even more!

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

  3. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review!

  4. First review I've read on this Thanks!

    1. You should check it out :) It was really cute.

  5. Huh, I thought Mirabelle was going to be stuck up the whole book. :D thanks for clearing that up.

  6. Another one I've never heard of until now. Sounds really interesting! Great review! :)

  7. Never heard of this one but it looks like a cute summery read. Great review!

  8. OMG! The cover is absolutely GORGEOUS! I have been wanting to get this every time I passed it at B&N because I felt it would look pretty on my shelf but wasnt sure how good the book was. Glad you liked it. I'm definitely going to get this!

  9. This is one that has been on my wishlist but I keep hearing such mixed things about it. The cover is amazing though and I have a thing for books set in the South. Thanks for your review. I'm now looking forward to reading it more!

  10. Uggh! Want to read it so badly but my parents said they aren't buying me anymore books till Christmas! Not my fault I completely devour books


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