Series: Belles #1
Length: 9 Hrs 5 Mins
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Release Date: May 1, 2012
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 thought this was a nice, light change from the heavy paranormal series' I've had my nose stuck in the past few years. Despite it's juvenile air, the story has a charm that is only added upon by the narrator's twangy character voices (which I loved). I thought the story in general was predictable, but enjoyable. I think this is a great read for teenage girls. It has really good messages about being true to who you are and standing up for yourself, knowing what real friends are, and not judging others before you get to know them.
There's a lot you see coming, but you can't help but root for Izzy all the way through. Mira needed to be punched in the face just as much as Savannah did, and I really wanted Izzy to punch Braden too. He didn't deserve her. So basically, I liked this book but it made me want to punch people. :)
I loved that Haden went to bat for Izzy and I thought Lucas was a creep the entire time. The twist at the end was one I anticipated and Savannah's Sweet 16? The cheesiest thing I've ever heard of. Worse than My Super Sweet 16.
I am happy to see this book is a series though, because I'd love to see how Izzy and Mira's relationship develops, and how they fair another year with Savannah around EP. Winter White will be out October 9th, and I can't wait to have a listen. I am excited to get back to Izzy's story. A light, fresh contemporary piece, perfect for teen girls and a fun story for some adults. Who doesn't love a Cinderella story?
I'm rating Belles 4 STARS. I think this is an easy read, it was entertaining, it wasn't hard to get into and awesome because the MC isn't whiny :D! Who can't jump on board with that?
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