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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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Apr 23, Adrienne rated it it was ok Shelves: The fourth book in this series about a school run by former villains is called Tricked and will be out March Jan 06, Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not every contemporary book has to be jsn Sarah Dessen novel.

I definitely recommend picking it up when you get the chance! She can escape to the beach for her lifeguard job and time with her recently met surfer friend, Brayden.

She was honest and true, and I found that her character had belless starkness about her that bolstered her internal strength. In Winter White, we get bslles with the same old energetic char This review contains no spoilers of either Belles or Winter White Mira and Izzy are back to their fabulous glory in Winter White.

And it still felt realistic. I seriously could not get enough!

Jen Calonita Belles

I was tearing up at some parts towards the end and had other moments where I was seething cqlonita Savannah that girl. May 16, Natalie rated it it was ok Shelves: I am very much looking for more books in the future.


Jen Calonita certainly knows how to spin a story shock full o Oh Jen Calonita and her cliffhangers. Refresh and try again. Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free because apparently that was how I rolled. Mira ran hot and cold; at times I felt like she wanted to help her cousin and at times I felt she’d rather freeze her out like everyone else.


Bellez by Jen Calonita. Mira Monroe, Izzie’s cousin, is hardly excited about having to babysit a girl from Harborside and a “life-changing secret” hovers beneath the perfect surface of the Monroe family.

EC is the complete opposite of Harborside– the wealthy, privileged families there spend more money on dinner than Izzie makes in a year. The back of the audiobook box says that Isabelle and Mirabelle Izzie and Mira “learn a life-changing secret that will turn both their worlds upside-down.

This series is totally a guilty pleasure for me because catollions and debutons are not really my thing but I love the characters and the intensity and speed of the drama in the story.

Izzie was definitely an admirable character and while we can all learn a little something fr I thought the concept from Belles was great – take girl from supposedly the wrong side of the tracks and implant her in the lifestyles of the rich and the famous and see what happens. It would be so easy to slip like a warm glove into the new world she’s offered. I was not expecting it at all, but it really did make things interesting.


But the story itself is so involved and very intense; there’s a real meaning behind all of it, and a lot of painful history and tragedy in the characters’ lives.

What will happen when Mira and Izzie discover the truth about their connection? By looking at cover, I can imagine the characters, mostly the sisters. Refresh and try again. Can Mira grow a backbone?

Winter White

Which I really appreciated because that doesn’t happen to often in real life so it was nice to falonita that. Especially when it came to Isabelle and Mira’s relationship. Belles, could have taken place in any part of the United States where there’s a substantial difference between classes.

Does that sound in any way appealing?

BELLES by Jen Calonita | Kirkus Reviews

We learn to have guts to stand up to not-so-much friends. Not every YA book has to have a PG rating. Boy, was I ever I picked up Belles when I was needing a fresh, fun contemporary read and it easily exceeded my expectations in this area!