REVIEW: Belles by Jen Calonita
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Isabelle Scott is happily living with her grandmother in the town of Harborside, North Carolina. The town has a bad reputation, and her grandmother’s health is in decline, but she’s making it day by day with the help of her community. She can escape to the beach for her lifeguard job and time with her recently met surfer friend, Brayden.
Then Izzie gets a bombshell dropped on her: her grandmother is being admitted to a nursing home, and she must go to live with her long-lost uncle and his family in ritzy Emerald Cove. She will also be going to the exclusive private school, Emerald Prep, with her cousins Hayden and Mirabelle.
Of course not everyone in the family or in the school are too excited to have a newcomer from the wrong side of the tracks in their midst. Mirabelle is not happy to have a new girl unceremoniously dumped into her lap, and her best friend Savannah plots to take Izzie down. What will happen when Mira and Izzie discover the truth about their connection?
I read through this book rather quickly, mostly because I was in a hurry to get it over with. Almost every aspect of this book was something I had seen before in another movie or book. There was no mystery at all. I saw every event coming, even the “big twist”…because someone thought it was a good idea to include it in the blurb on the book’s back cover!!
Speaking of unoriginal ideas, I feel like the author was running out of names for characters while she was writing. The two girls’ names are Mirabelle and Isabelle, and I get that the book title is a play off of their names. But the main boys in the novel are named Hayden and Brayden, and there is also a Kellen. Come on.
I really thought Izzie would have stood up more for herself while she was being antagonized, but I was disappointed on that front as well. When we finally get to the end of the story, I just felt like no one really got what they deserved, and it left me unsatisfied.
I was able to review this book thanks to an ARC tour hosted by Southern Book Bloggers.