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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Her cousin is less than welcoming and all the popular girls at school soon freeze her out. Here, the setting felt completely incidental. I love how Mira grows throughout the story, she becomes not so afraid of being herself. She is a star swimmer and lifeguard, has great friends, and has been spending the summer with Brayden, a cute surfer–though they’re just friends. It finds the balance flawlessly between sweet but not too fluffy, drama-filled but not a soap opera, and inspiring but not preaching.

Apr 08, Mariah rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s truly touching, and adds a good amount of dimension to the story. They feel like people I knew in high school. It’s like he’s one of those awkward guys who doesn’t know how to flirt, so he.


Instead, the Bellles are a pretty great family and the boy of the story likes the scrappier side of this Harborside heroine. Izzie cannot get a break from one of the schools mean girls. It was a flashback to some of my all time favourite shows, calonia had a hint of The OC with a whole lot of And of course no good contemporary is complete without its sweet boys one of which is a surfer!

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Izzie is the good one. This book has secrets, blackmail, mean girl plotting, and the hopes of two budding bbelles. It is the classic tale of poor girl being taken in by rich family and the drama that ensues this is a very loose interpretation of the plot, but you get the basic idea.

Of course, she doesn’t mean to be snobby, it is just the way things are in Emerald Cove, the glamorous part of North Carolina. And that part of this book worked for me.

While the premise is a predictable fish-out-of-water story poor girl suddenly gets rich and has to deal with snobby peopleCalonita never lets that stop her from creating a rich characters or a world that is easy to believe in. I thought that was a little strange and hopefully there will be a visit in the next novel.

It goes downhill so fast that her social worker finds her another family member to live with. Belles is partially set in a beach town.

Winter White

This review has been hidden because it contains hen. A lot of Mira’s attitude in the beginning of the book is caused by the society around her. I just loved it! I enjoyed how much she has grown from the previous novel and again throughout this one. This is a DNF did not finish review.

Belles Series in Order – Jen Calonita – FictionDB

I was wrong, Winter Whitewas an amazing book, and once I finishing I was eager for next book to come out. I really can’t wait to see what the next book has in store It draws you in from the start, and I can almost caloniga you will be just as hooked as I was. She is afraid to stand up for herself and makes decisions based off what she thinks others will do instead of trying to think for herself. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Belles (Belles, #1) by Jen Calonita

I loved watching them grow as individuals and, as a whole as well. If he liked her so much, why couldn’t he defend her and their relationship? Izzie is a survivor, one who refuses callonita let even the worst situations completely bring her down.

Isabelle “Izzie” Scott is just a down-to-earth kind ny girl living in Harborside, a quaint although slightly run-down town full of surfers and pizza joints and not-so-well-off families. I’ve really enjoyed this series. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. She has to live with distant relatives and she has no idea who they are or where she is going.