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The Irish Banana Review,
This review is from: Belles (Hardcover)
Belles is a sweet, fun tale about two girls, Isabelle and Mirabelle, trying to make the best of an awkward and uncomfortable situation. Jen Calonita delivers a warm, poignant tale in this novel that shows the grass isn't always greener.
Belles is told through both Izzie and Mira's perspectives, but not as a first-person story and it also doesn't allocate a single chapter to each girl. Calonita seamlessly gives voice to both girls, gracefully and artfully telling each side of the story. I've read a lot of novels that alternate narrators, and it can be jarring. I'll get used to one voice and then be thrust in someone else's head. This novel is much more fluid and makes for an easy read.
I finished this story in about a day, and it was nice. Nice, but not extraordinary. There are no real surprises. The climax I saw the novel building towards at the end of chapter four. There's nothing shocking or jaw dropping, it just moves along at a somewhat meandering pace.
I can appreciate Calonita trying to humanize Mira, but most of the time I felt she was a spoiled little brat that need a good shake. Izzie was by far my favorite character, and I wouldn't have minded if the story was told entirely from her perspective. I also wasn't crazy about Izzie love interest, Brayden. I wasn't impressed by him and found him a little lacking in the boyfriend department.
If you're looking for a quick beach read or something to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I recommend giving this book a go. It's not a stay-up-all-night and devour kind of book, but there is a certain charm to it that I couldn't deny.