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Author: Jen Calonita Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Belles Series Release Date: April 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481589925

Publisher Description

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

  • “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.”

    - Booklist
  • “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)

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Chantelle, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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 "

    - Faith, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Kristen, 1/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " not waist your time people.... "

    - Lola, 1/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 1.31.13- 1 hr "

    - Vivian, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Maryellen, 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Ocean, 12/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Carrie, 12/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was such a great book!! "

    - Samantha, 12/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Rebekah, 10/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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? "

    - Shoshana, 9/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. :) "

    - Shannon, 8/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Review to come closer to the release date. "

    - Nicole, 7/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Lauren, 11/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Jordan, 10/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Carly, 9/20/2012

About the Author

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

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall. Her own audiobook narration has won her four Earphones Awards.