Review of Belles

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 really believe that you enjoy a book more if you are in the right mood for it, and I think I was in the perfect mood to listen to Belles by Jen Calonita. I had never really read a review or even heard about the book before I got it from the library. Sometimes it is really nice to be pleasantly surprised by a book. It was like the Belles from Hart of Dixie meets Gossip Girl’s Blair! Mean girls in North Carolina! Belles was read by Julia Whelan. It is 9 hours, 8 minutes long.

  • I really liked the main characters, Isabella and Mirabella. Both of them were stuck in situations that were out of their comfort zones and were really trying to figure out how to survive when things changed so drastically.
  • On Isabella side - I cannot imagine how awful it would feel to lose all of the family I have known and then be moved in with some relative you didn’t even know existed. Plus, going from barely making ends meet to excessive wealth would be hard. I still have trouble understanding paying $1200 for a purse when that is more than my mortgage payment!
  • On Mira’s side – to have a girl move into your house and completely throw your routine out of order would be tough. It would be hard to be told to like someone and have to cart them around every day. Although she really made some huge mistakes with the relationship, I can understand how hard it would be for a teenage girl in a preppy high school!
  • The villains in the story – the mean girls were so AWFUL! I so wanted to punch them! They were really well written. They were definitely fun to hate!
  • The side characters were really fun, the artsy boy, the surfer boy and Isabella’s best friend! So much to love in this book, it went smoothly and kept a good pace!
  • I just started the second book in the series, Winter White. I am just worried that the first book should have been a stand-alone. It seems odd to make a series out of this book when the secrets were let out in the first book. I am “pre-judging” which I know is not fair. I will have the second book to report on soon, but I just felt it would have been a good stand-alone.


  1. Great review! I haven't heard of this one before, but now I want to read it :) Adding it to my tbr list!

  2. Oh goodness, you had me with the Hart of Dixie meet Gossip Girl reference. I cannot wait to check this one out! I love it when a random book from the library just shines :)

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

  3. I've wanted to read this one for a while. Bummer about the sequel. Hopefully it will be better than you think.

  4. Ah yes it must be so awful for Isabella, I agree with you. And on the other side it must be complicated as well for Mira. I'm glad you had a good time with this one, I saw the cover but it's the first review I read about it.

  5. I love it when you find a random book at the library.

    I haven't heard of this one either, but I will check it out should I come across it!

  6. I love it when there are fun villians to hate. This does seem to be a book that passed under the radar. I saw one of two review on it way back and I remember thinking that it looked really good, but then I never saw it on any blogs and I just kind of forgot about it.

    Your review has me excited about it again.

    Great review Missy!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  7. Been curious about this series for a while and am pretty sure I have this one, too. I'll have to dig it out and see what the story is all about. ;)


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