- Series: Belles (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316091138
- ISBN-13: 978-0316091138
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,818,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Belles Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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Isabelle Scott, 15, lives with her grandmother in Harborview, a down-market North Carolina boardwalk town. Between swimming, working, and spending time with friends, life is fine—if only Gram wasn’t going downhill mentally. Gram has made arrangements, however, and when she is unable to care for her granddaughter, Izzie finds herself living in posh Emerald Cove with relatives she has never met before. Calonita wades into soapy territory here, especially as Izzie and her same-age cousin, Mirabelle, try to make it work at home and in school, but the story is told with plenty of panache. There’s a secret that frames the narrative, and which is pretty easy to figure out. The fish-out-of-water elements have the most bang, complete with designer names, catty social clubs, and forbidden romance. A political campaign also plays a role. Told in alternating chapters by Izzie and Mira, this dual perspective adds an effective layer to the story. Grades 7-12. --Ilene Cooper
"This adorable, heartwarming book is pure beach-ready fun."―Justine
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Fitting in and maneuvering the EC social structures in this town are harder than taking care of her ailing grandmother, working as a beach lifeguard, keeping her grades up, paying the bills, buying groceries and maintaining her status of star swimmer...Will she be able to climb the social ladder? Will she make friends? What about the summer fling that suddenly turns up at her new school and is in the arms of the one girl who she despises?
Overall I loved this book and I was really impressed since I have to admit I had little hope for it since I've never liked Jen Calonita's books before. Sure the plot is a bit cliche, new girl from poor town comes to town and makes an enemy of the popular girl and the popular girl's boyfriend likes the new girl, which makes her hate the new girl even more but however I'm okay with cliche plots (face it most things have been done before!) as long as they are well written and possibly have a different outccome, which I'm thinking this will. Another thing I loved about this book is that it's not based in LA or New York like a lot of these series about rich kids are, it's based in North Carolina. I honestly knew what the secret was before I even got half way through the book but I won't say it's predicatable since it's possible that it could have just been predictable to me because I've read plenty of books and watched plenty of shows where something similar has happened. My only peeve was that I wished we could have seen Savannah's point of view because I'm sure if we had of, she would have had more layers to her (just like Massie from the Clique series, Cammie from The A List and Blair from Gossip Girl). However I am looking forward to the next book since this one was really good and I finished it in a day!