Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

In the first book of a formulaic new series, a lower-class girl is introduced to Southern high society in all its catty glory.Isabelle Scott, better known as Izzie, lives in down-on-its-luck Harborside, spending time with best friend Kylie and crushing on cute Brayden Townsend. When her ailing grandmother is sent to a nursing home, Izzie goes to live in nearby, ritzy Emerald Cove with the family ... Read full review

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User Review  - joanab951 - LibraryThing

Plot: The plot of ‘Belles’ is very predictable and reminded me of many other books and movies. The twists and turns really weren’t all that exciting and the big secret at the end wasn’t all that ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookSpot - LibraryThing

Isabelle, "Izzie," Scott loves the life she has in Harborside. She spends her summer days lifeguarding, swimming in the ocean, teaching swimming lessons at the community center and hanging out with ... Read full review

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User Review  - JudithDCollins - LibraryThing

I really liked this book as first I have read from this Jen. Full of scandals, sisterhood, politics, Southern charm, and secrets! A native of the south, can relate as so realistic of nasty Belles and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily_Anne - LibraryThing

Belles is an entertaining read. The characters and settings are vibrant, and there is a good, strong message about being yourself, not judging, and having guts. I am looking forward to the next book ... Read full review

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User Review  - kcarrigan - LibraryThing

Review from ARC from publisher (Thank you!) Okay, it was a little sucky that the twist ending was spoiled on the back cover - I was thinking they were going to find out about that detail much earlier ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sunflower38 - LibraryThing

I give this book 3.5 stars. It is a cute story about prejudging others and the whole Mean Girls vibe. I flew through this book. It's a light and fun read. I can't wait to read Winter White in October. I want Izzy and Mira to help Vanna reap what she's sowed. Read full review

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I absalutly LOVE this book and the series. I have waited so long for The Grass Is Always Greener (book #3) READ THIS BOOK

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This book is seriously one of my favorites! can't wait till the next one :-)

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Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite
In her first book of the 'Belles' series, Author Jen Calonita has given young readers a lot of what they want, especially girls. Isabelle Scott is a near
-orphan who lives with her aging grandmother in a beach town in North Carolina. "Izzie" loves her grandmother and her life as a lifeguard and a member of the swim team. Life is simple and comfortable until Lizzie's grandmother is put into a nursing home due to dementia. Lizzie has only one choice if she does not want to go into the foster care system. She must live with an aunt and uncle and their three children, one of them Izzie's age. Unfortunately, this means a total life change for Izzie. She has to go to a private high school with established snobbish groups who do their best to put her in her place. To complicate things, Lizzie's uncle is a politician running for office and absolutely no nonsense is allowed in the new household.
I think early high school readers will be captivated by the trials and tribulations of the adjustments Lizzie is forced to make but I am not so sure this book will hold the interest of the older students. Calonita did a wonderful job of developing her characters such that readers will want to "take sides" in the ongoing saga as Lizzie challenges her own comfort zone as well as the areas around those she befriends or outmaneuvers. I found this book to be a sweet read which will surely make the younger student think about priorities and loyalties.

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