Published by Poppy on April 12, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Length: 9 hours and 5 minutes
Narrator: Julia Whelan
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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 will make this review short and sweet, much like Belles.
The characters were hashed out well. Savannah made me want to claw my ears off. She is possibly the easiest hated character I’ve ever read/listened to. She’s the poster child for mean girl. There were so many times I wanted to punch her. Mira is pretty much a pushover. She can’t think for herself, but she grows as a person throughout the book. Izzy is a strong character. She’s had more downs than ups in her life, and comes out of it on top. She sees the best in things when others would have given up. She even makes some great friends despite the heinous “B’s” she has to contend with.
We get a look at a decent amount of time throughout the book. The plot isn’t rushed, but I found it pretty predictable. The characters grow throughout the novel. I like that the family presence is strong even though it’s not a typical family unit. I think Belles would make a great ABC family movie.
Belles is a fun, light read. It’s also a clean read, so folks of all ages will enjoy it. I’m interested to see where Jen Calonita takes these characters with the rest of the series.
Ok, maybe this wasn’t so quick. But I tried. 😛