Rating: YA/MG 12+
Genre: Contemporary, Coming-Of-Age, Realistic Fiction
**This review is based on an Advance Readers Copy (thanks so much Poppy!!)**
Belles was a really refreshing read. Jen Calonita writes with charm, grace, and totally lovable main characters.
I love all of Jen's other books, so I guess that it's no surprise that I loved this one as well! Nowadays there are so many dark Paranormal YA books out there, and Belles was a really refreshing break from all of them! It's a short, sweet read that you won't want to miss out on.
The relationships between the characters, especially between Mira and Izzie, were really interesting. They are both so different, and yet so alike at the same time. The lessons and moral messages that this book has are also so true and ones that I believe everyone should take away from. Izzie and Mira show us that it's OKAY to be yourself, and stand up for what you believe in! <3
Izzie has had a rough life. Her mom died when she was only a child, leaving her with her Grandma, who was suffering from Dementia. She was raised in Harborside, the 'bad' part of town, and she's had to work extra shifts and put on a brave front to fool the Child Protective Services. When she is whisked away to live with her fancy cousins and her uncle (the Senator)'s family, Izzie's world is turned upside town... and not necessarily in a good way.
I loved this book so much for so many different reasons, you guys. Firstly, I know I've said this before, but Jen writes AMAZING characters, both main and supporting. One of the main guys in this book is Brandon, who is so sweet and charming and different from all the other posh, fake people at Mira's school. He's such a sweetheart!
So... I really loved this book, even though it had a kind of Soap-Opera-y feel to it. I know that some people didn't really like it and thought it was overdone, but I actually didn't mind all the drama and thought it actually added depth to the book! But, each to his own I guess!
This book is a fun, short read that you won't want to miss out on! Especially if you are looking for a break from all the Paranormal books, or just want a light Summer read, Belles is the way to go!
4 Muffins - Simply Delectable!
If you like this, try:
Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham
Just As Long As We're Together by Judy Blume
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
Secrets Of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita