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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jen Calonita Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Belles Series Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781470805005
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Isabelle Scott’s life may not be easy, but she loves it. She is a star swimmer and lifeguard, has great friends, and has been spending the summer with Brayden, a cute surfer—though they’re just friends. But her grandmother, with whom she’s lived since her mother died five years earlier, is declining quickly, and Izzie’s whole world is upended. She’s whisked away from the poor, rough neighborhood where she grew up to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in the exclusive Emerald Cove.

Mirabelle Monroe leads a charmed life: her father is a former baseball star about to run for the United States Senate. She’s popular and beautiful and has a super cute jock boyfriend. But when her cousin, Izzie, comes to live with her family, her well-ordered world starts to unravel. It doesn’t help that Mira’s best friend and queen bee, Savannah, hates Izzie from the start, maybe because Izzie seems to be so close to Savannah’s boyfriend, Brayden. And Mira doesn’t know whether to choose her friends and status at school or her family.

As Izzie and Mira try to navigate their new lives, family secrets are dug up and the girls learn what friends and family truly mean.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Proving Southern belles can backstab with the best of ’em, Jen Calonita weaves a soapy tale that keeps you guessing from beginning to end.”

    Kate Brian, New York Times bestselling author of the Private and Privilege series

  • Belles is a must-read, full of scandals, sisterhood, Southern charm, and secrets!”

    Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series

  •  “The protagonists’ emotional development and changing attitudes are realistically expressed, as their priorities are redefined and their loyalties are tested.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The story is told with plenty of panache…The fish-out-of-water elements have the most bang, complete with designer names, catty social clubs, and forbidden romance…Told in alternating chapters by Izzie and Mira, this dual perspective adds an effective layer to the story.”

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  • “A page-turner that has it all—tingly romance, shocking secrets, and tons of heart. You’re going to love it.”

    Sarah Mlynowski, author of Gimme a Call and Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantelle | 2/13/2014

    " I seriously enjoyed this book. Totally recommend for teenagers. cute, fun, light book about accepting your family! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faith | 2/13/2014

    " Wasn't interested. I can only take so much chicklit and someone spoiled the ending for me so i just didnt want to take the time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/17/2014

    " Too much of a teeny boper book. Story was interesting, alas I'm not 16 anymore and "the mean girls" plot doesn't do much for me. It's hard to tell now with YA books. Some are so mature and interesting, like The Hunger Games, and others bring me back to junior high. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lola Mark | 1/13/2014

    " not waist your time people.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian | 1/12/2014

    " 1.31.13- 1 hr "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen | 12/31/2013

    " No surprises here. Just your typical Gossip Girl inspired Mean Girl, Good Girl From The Wrong Side of the Tracks and Conflicted Mean Girl. That said, it's a pretty fun story and I enjoyed it - but I don't require originality, just fun, sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ocean | 12/28/2013

    " Another easy listen on audiobook. Predictable and feel good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Penney | 12/9/2013

    " I was pretending to shoot daggers out of my eyes at some of the people in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Garrett | 12/4/2013

    " This was such a great book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 10/22/2013

    " This was cute, and a bit of a break from the darker titles I've been reading. Sarah Dessen light. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shoshana G | 9/30/2013

    " Here's the thing: while i enjoyed this book, I assumed the twist was the true from about the second chapter. It's also pretty thematically similar to Messy and Spoiled, by the Fug Girls, and you should probably just read those instead? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 8/27/2013

    " I could go as far as 4 1/2 stars on this one. It almost made me cry, which is one of my standards for a 5 star book. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole About Town | 7/10/2013

    " Review to come closer to the release date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/19/2012

    " Calonita's new series is fun, dishy, and relatable. Teens and tweens will enjoy this sweet, and sometimes serious, rags-to-riches tale! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 10/21/2012

    " This Book is AMAZING!!!! Can't wait for the second one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 9/20/2012

    " A nice change from all of the paranormal/fantasy books I've been reading lately. Slightly predictable but most books tend to be that way. I thought Izzie was a great character. "

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About the Author
Author Jen Calonita

Jen Calonita, a former senior entertainment editor at Teen People, has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Zac Efron. An entertainment journalist for the past ten years, she has written for TV Guide, Glamour, and Marie Claire. She lives in New York with her husband Mike, sons Tyler and Dylan, and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and was twice a finalist for an Audie in 2015. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.