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.
Jen Calonita certainly has the inside scoop on young Hollywood. A former senior entertainment editor at Teen People, she has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Zac Efron. An entertainment journalist for the past 10 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.
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Nice, mindless fiction
I would listen again. I love to listen to audio books while I work, so I need a story that is interesting, but not too complicated. This fits the bill.
I love Julia Whelan as a narrator. Her voice is pleasant, and she doesn't fall into a lot of the pitfalls that other narrators of fiction aimed at young women/girls tend to (i.e. too whiny, valley girl sounding, etc). I found this series because I looked her up to find out other books she has narrated after listening to several. My only complaint is some of the accents were fairly lame sounding.
This is an easy listen. If you like to listen to books that make you think, or want something profound, eloquent, etc - skip this. If you want to be entertained and enjoy superficial, fun fiction with a nice story and great narrator - download!