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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Izzie is only narrowly avoiding foster care. It may sound too girlish for you or too much like a book about mean popular girls, but there was so much more to it, and the plot and storyline was great. The media has pounced on their story, and while Izzie and Mira have each put on a happy public face, bwlles is leaking calnoita true feelings to the press.

Calonita has a way to suck you into her stories and make you want to read them as soon as they come out.

Jen Calonita really wrote such a fantastic book with amazing jump off the page characters that I enjoyed throughout the book. When she finds out she is not happy at jrn because she has to pack up and move to a place she will not fit into and she is worried what will happen. When she goes back to Harborside to visit her old friends, she realizes that she idealized Harborside a bit – she doesn’t want to spend all of her time hanging out on the boardwalk doing nothing anymore. Usually not my cup of tea, it definitely bested my misconceptions.


Mira is smart, sweet, and a little confused about her life. There was nothing beyond the surface – sometimes I’m not even sure there was surface. And she’s also really grateful for her new circumstances and also never wants to take advantage. I put it down because I just. She enters the world of prestige and money.

This book had it’s cute moments, and I loved Isabelle’s oldest cousin And her youngest for that matter. Did they dish dalonita out? No matter how hard Izzie tries at her new school. She loves to be out in the water, especially if it’s with her hunky Belles was one of those books that pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go until the very last chapter.

Jun 06, Kaylee Magic rated bellex really liked it. 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.

Winter White

Isabelle Scott is thrust into a fo You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads. This isn’t helped by the fact that her crush Brayden doesn’t seem to want to stand up to his family and show that he wants to date her.

It actually makes eating humongous cakes slices easier! I liked this book. Also, I have to take a minute to praise Mira’s mom for her willingness to “adopt” Izzie so openly into their family. I don’t usually write reviews, but I’ll be making one up for this book soon! Something of that nature.


Belles (Belles, #1) by Jen Calonita

Read 10 pages and I guarantee you’ll know who’s who with no trouble. That’s probably more of a flaw of my own expectations, but when you call your book Belles and there’s a big deal made about southern charm and the setting, the setting should almost be a character in its own right and I just didn’t see that here.

And even more difficult is seeing her cousin Mira let her friends bully her. While you’re going to the bookstore to get this one, I also recommend reading Sleepaway Girls by Calonita as well. Nov 03, Gabby What’s Beyond Forks? As in Belles, I was not disappointed by the lack in this area — it never felt like the book was missing an elements whatsoever, the little we do get simply adds charm to the already lively book.

In my mind, Mira had some right but not all. I liked Izzie and the Monroes the senator and his wife have three childrenHayden, who’s slightly older than Izzie; Mira, who’s Izzie’s age and Connor, who’s 6.

Of course not everyone in the family or in the school are too excited to have a newcomer from the wrong side of the tracks in their midst. I thought that was a little strange and hopefully there will be a visit in the next novel. And it’s not cute or funny – it’s just, you know, rude.