“Belles” by Jen Calonita

Little Brown & Company, 2012

I enjoyed Izzie’s attitude because despite being raised in a poor neighborhood by her grandmother after her mother dies and being taken in by her rich uncle when her grandmother is put into a nursing home, Izzie never falters. She sticks with her beliefs of who she is and what she stands for, and is not ashamed of where she grew up despite being surrounded by rich, snooty teens who think nothing of reminding her she can never really be one of their crowd. Izzie doesn’t want to be part of the in-crowd, which is refreshing since there are too many other characters in the book who do.

However, I thought it was too typically much like many other books when it came to the attitudes of Rich School Kids versus Poor School Kids.

Good for High Schoolers who like reading Chick Lit.


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