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Winter White

Winter White is the second novel in the YA contemporary fiction Belles series by Jen Calonita.

If you haven’t read Belles yet (review here) then you should avoid this review until you do.

If you have, read on fair bibliophile, read on…

By the end of Belles, fish-out-of-water Izzie Scott found out that her never-before-heard-of wealthy politician uncle that took her from her home in gritty Harborside, South Carolina, to ritzy Emerald Cove, South Carolina, when her grandmother became too ill to care for her was actually her FATHER.

Still reeling from the news, she and Mira Monroe (sister instead of cousin!) find themselves unable to reconcile with him. Except for the cameras. His campaign continues, after all, and this is the kind of revelation that can ruin a good primary. Yet somehow their true feelings keep finding their way to the press anyway.

While they try to smile for the public, the family drama is overflowing at home. When cotillion, an event that Mira has dreamed of since she was very young, edges closer she realizes she wants to participate in spite of the betrayal of her dad. Yet it’s not the same without her bevvy of friends that have turned their backs on her… So, she ropes reluctant Izzie into attending with her.

In the midst of a modern-day coming out party, both girls are also dealing with the discovering or crumbling of their crushes. Can they trust anyone but each other?

Winter White has a slightly more earnest writing style that I prefer, kind of like I’m watching an ABC Family TV show. But I can’t deny that reading about these Southern belles from opposites sides of the tracks doesn’t have a family, romantic, and school drama type of frothy fun.

Here we’ve got soapy deceptions, cotillions, and misunderstandings like crazy. I’d say there’s a lack of originality and it can be predictable, but there’s something strangely addictive about it. Many times I felt like I’d not continue the series due to overall juvenile, cheesy feel I was getting – but then by the end of Winter White I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen next!

Probably the perfect book for younger teen girls, especially. And apparently can involuntarily hook those of us who aren’t too sure about it!

Hey, it’s entertaining and fast-paced! Nothin’ wrong with that!!

*I received a review copy of Winter White from Hachette Book Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.

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