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Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina. But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long-lost uncle and his preppy privileged family. Isabelle is taken away from everything she's ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove doesn't go so well. Her cousin Mirabelle Monroe isn't thrilled to share her life with an outsider, and, in addition to dealing with all the rumors and backstabbing that lurk beneath their classmates' Southern charm, a secret is unfolding that will change both girls' lives forever.
"There's plenty of drama but few surprises in this contemporary rags-to-riches story from Calonita (Reality Check), first in a four-book series. When 15-year-old orphan Izzie's grandmother/guardian is placed in a nursing home, Izzie is whisked off to live with her senator uncle and his family, whom she's never met. Although Emerald Cove, N.C., is only 20 minutes away, it couldn't be more different from the 'rough' community where Izzie was raised. Despite being greeted cordially by the Monroe family, Izzie has trouble fitting in. Her feelings of isolation increase when her cousin Myra and other girls at school give her the cold shoulder. Told from the alternating viewpoints of the two cousins, the book traces Izzie's struggles to adjust and the growing pressure Myra is under from Savannah, the queen bee of the school, to sabotage Izzie's every attempt to prove herself decent and trustworthy. Although the premise and the mean-girl pranks are slightly larger than life, the protagonists' emotional development and changing attitudes are realistically expressed, as their priorities are redefined and their loyalties are tested. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Laura Dail, Laura Dail Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jen Calonita is a former magazine editor who has interviewed everyone from Justin Timberlake to Reese Witherspoon. She lives in New York with her husband, Mike; sons, Dylan and Tyler; and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow. She invites you to visit her online at www.jencalonitaonline.com.
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