Belles by Jen Calonita

58%

16 Critic Reviews

One-note characters act as you would expect in this generic, paint-by-numbers effort.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
Don't miss the first book in the Belles trilogy by Jen Calonita.
 

About Jen Calonita

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Jen Calonita is a former magazine editor who has interviewed everyone from Justin Timberlake to Reese Witherspoon. She lives in New York with her husband, Mike; sons, Dylan and Tyler; and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow. She invites you to visit her online at www.jencalonitaonline.com.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Poppy. 358 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Belles
All: 16 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Below average
Feb 01 2012

One-note characters act as you would expect in this generic, paint-by-numbers effort.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Karen Smith on May 10 2012

Although Mira does slightly redeem herself at the end of the book, she is a character that you just want to strangle.

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Youth Services Book Review

Below average
Apr 16 2012

I thought it was too typically much like many other books when it came to the attitudes of Rich School Kids versus Poor School Kids.

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Hippies, Beauty, and Books Oh My!

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda on Apr 05 2012

I immediately noticed that this wasn’t exactly a unique book with a unique plot line.

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Mermaid Vision Books

Good
Reviewed by Angel on Apr 16 2012

It is a sweet and appealing read for younger teens looking for familiar dramatic ground with a touch of glamour.

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Xpresso Reads

Good
Reviewed by Giselle on Apr 05 2012

Belles gives us a delightful read with loads of personalities and jaw dropping schemes.

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Hobbitsies

Good
Reviewed by Tara on Apr 09 2012

Belles had a good amount of depth to it without being overwhelming, as well as some well-developed characters.

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I Swim for Oceans

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Apr 19 2012

With just enough drama and touches of romance, Belles whetted my appetite for a sweet read that wasn’t too heavy and wasn’t too boring.

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Emilie's Book World

Good
Reviewed by Emilie on Apr 09 2012

Belles was a fantastic read and the perfect contemporary book.

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JJ Reads

Good
Reviewed by JJ on Apr 10 2012

I absolutely adored this book and its characters

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A Soul Unsung

Good
Reviewed by Susan on Apr 28 2012

It's a fun filled fast paced story full of gossip, heartache, touching romance, and a wonderfully poignant storyline that will leaves readers aching in the best of ways possible.

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Wastepaper Prose

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica on Apr 08 2012

Every single plot twist could be seen from miles away.

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Ruby's Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Ruby on Apr 20 2012

It was peppered with shallow, unformed characters and thinly veiled plot lines.

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Princess Bookie

Good
Reviewed by Cindy on Apr 12 2012

Belles was a fun book with laugh loud moments and real lessons to be learned. P

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Embrace Your Mag

Good
Reviewed by Kai on Apr 12 2012

The writing is fast paced, intriguing, clear and to the point, and undoubtedly addictive.

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YA Booklover Blog

Good
Reviewed by Chloe on Apr 10 2012

While it is a bit hard to believe some of the things that go on in the book, if you just keep reading you are sure to get swept up in Izzie and Mira's story.

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