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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Winter White

Jun 02, Rebecca Ellen rated it liked it Shelves: Closure is minimal because this will obviously be a series, although the ending was enough closure for now. Jan 27, Jenia rated it it was amazing Shelves: But the main boys in the novel are named Hayden and Brayden, and there is also a Kellen. I feel it sets a bad precedent going forward.

Along with the scandals and cotillion, both girls are having boy trouble—of course. I liked Izzie and the Monroes the senator and his wife have three childrenHayden, who’s slightly older than Izzie; Mira, who’s Izzie’s age and Connor, who’s 6. The drama, Butterflies, boys and dresses are back in this one.

I toyed with a few alternate ideas, and even asked around a bit. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. You had to leave the only comfort you have ever known. She blames Izzie for the changes happening in her family and social life. The alternating points of view really helped keep me from completely hating Mira. As a result, Mira is a bit of an outcast at school, and she really has no friends, although she starts to get closer to scholarship kid and fellow art enthusiast Kellen.


This life is her’s and she wouldn’t trade it for anything. While you’re going to the bookstore to get this one, I also recommend reading Sleepaway Girls by Calonita as well.


Yes, its hard as her mother died jeh she was 10 and she’s never known her father. Brayden’s mom also seems not to like Izzie very much and Izzie learns him and Savannah’s families are very close and really want them to be together. Books by Jen Calonita. In the first book the characters were not as rounded as I usually want them to be, so it was great to see the become more dynamic and more well-rounded.

You’ll want to pre-order this one ASAP. Jul 18, Sandra rated it liked it.

I don’t know why, but I really enjoy reading contemporaries with tons of drama, I don’t like being involved in it myself I had enough of calomita in high school!

People suggested interviews with the author and things like that, but when it came down to it, I kept coming back to the same thought.

This book was just as good as the first book in the series. Of course, she doesn’t mean to be snobby, it is just the way things are in Emerald Cove, the glamorous part of North Carolina.

Jen Calonita Belles

Calonira contrasts and conflicts between the two towns, as well as the power dynamics of the snobbish Emerald Cave, are portrayed clearly and with plenty of telling details.


It wasn’t a bad ending by any means just somewhat shocking, and I actually felt that it really tied the story together very nicely.

You have to leave vy friends to start a new life that is so different from yours you do don’t know whether or not your coming or going. We have a bit of I was really hoping Winter White would redeem the Belles series for me.

The writing and characterization felt really shallow to me. I almost want to give this a lower rating because it was super predictable and have read these kinds of stories so many caloniga but its like a guilty pleasure and I really actually liked it She’s happy with her life on the wrong side of the tracks.

Mira is a good girl at heart, just she has no guts. Nov 06, Brenna rated it liked it Shelves: First of all, it feels like these books lay on the Southern drawl just a tad too much. Looking for beautiful books? Open Preview See a Problem? So, yeah, pretty much anywhere. It is the classic tale of poor girl being taken in by rich family and the drama that ensues this is a very loose interpretation of the plot, but you get the basic idea.