A Guy, a Girl, and a Teen Book Blog

A Guy, a Girl, and a Teen Book Blog

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 345
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
ISBN: 9780399256936
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
AR Levels: TBD
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8475505-rebel-belle

In a nutshell: Harper Price is a hardworking, overachieving junior who's already Student Government President and poised to become Homecoming Queen and possibly valedictorian in a small Alabama town, but on the night of the homecoming dance, a seemingly harmless beauty faux pas will put her on a path toward her true destiny - a destiny she's not completely willing to accept...especially since it involves pain-in-her-side, school newspaper reporter David Stark. Cotillion is the least of her worries now...or is it?

I'd recommend it to grades: 9 and up

I'd recommend it to: fans of Beautiful Creatures and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

What I liked most about this book: This book is like red velvet cake - dramatic, blood-red, sweet, sassy, deliciously Southern, and a complete guilty pleasure. While the supporting characters are a bit flat, the main characters (especially Harper) are completely loveable (I'm probably more like Harper than I care to admit, and I always have a soft spot for the nerd boys/Davids of this world.), and the small Southern town setting is dead-on. There's romance, danger, humor, a healthy but light-handed dose of the paranormal, so there's something everyone is sure to like. Bring on book 2!

Single favorite moment (without getting spoiler-y): This book is filled with Southernisms, and the one that made me laugh out loud the longest was how Harper's aunts, affectionately called "The Aunts," use peroxide as a cure-all for every ailment no matter how severe. As a Mississippian, I will tell you that this was ingrained in me from birth, and I still keep a giant bottle under the sink. You never know when you might need it! ;)

Star rating (where 5 stars is awesome and 0 stars is atrocious): 4 stars


  1. Dear Stephanie,
    Wow, I absolutely love your blog. The template is beautiful and very professional-looking, and your descriptions of the books make me smile. I love the phrases you use to describe the plots, things like “deliciously southern” and “like red velvet cake” . The sheer amount of books reviewed amazes me. How do you and Chris make the time to read so much? Given the amount of books I read (being a bit of a book nerd myself), I’m surprised that I haven’t read any of the books you’ve reviewed, except The Mark of Athena, and I totally agree that Annabeth is my second-favourite YA female character after Hermione. Now I’m keeping a lookout for all of these wonderful books like Tiger Lily and Walk the Earth a Stranger. Thank you for inspiring me.

  2. Thanks so much, Arianna! As you can see, I've been neglecting to update regularly, and I need to post some more reviews! You're very sweet, and I'm glad you're enjoying the blog and the books! Happy reading!