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.
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. When 15-year-old orphan Izzie's grandmother/guardian is placed in a nursing home, Izzie is whisked off to live with her senator uncle and his family, whom she's never met. Although Emerald Cove, N.C., is only 20 minutes away, it couldn't be more different from the "rough" community where Izzie was raised. Despite being greeted cordially by the Monroe family, Izzie has trouble fitting in. Her feelings of isolation increase when her cousin Myra and other girls at school give her the cold shoulder. Told from the alternating viewpoints of the two cousins, the book traces Izzie's struggles to adjust and the growing pressure Myra is under from Savannah, the queen bee of the school, to sabotage Izzie's every attempt to prove herself decent and trustworthy. Although the premise and the mean-girl pranks are slightly larger than life, the protagonists' emotional development and changing attitudes are realistically expressed, as their priorities are redefined and their loyalties are tested. Ages 12 up.
So amazing!! I love the drama and the tension and Isabelle is just an AMAZING character! I love this book so much Jen is such a great writer👏🏼👏🏼
OMG!!! this is why i loovvees Jen Calonita sooo much!! i finished this book within 24 savoring hours!!! ahhh i just love the twist at the end!! i love Brayden most of all and his backstory and how he knows Izzie and everything. I totally did not see ANY of what came by in the book. it was so incredible and Jen is an incredible writer! i read all of her books and she is by far my fave author EVER! definitly gonna preorder the sequel!! but i dont think i can wait till october!! i hope there is also a 3rd book for Belles and a sequel to Sleepaway Girls!! I LOVE U JEN!!!