Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins is a story about, well, a southern belle named Harper Price who thrives on being the most perfect girl in her town. On homecoming night, Harper is determined to win homecoming queen, but sadly forgets her lipgloss. As she applies it in the bathroom, she hears Mr. Hall, a middle aged janitor for the school, burst in, with a gash across is stomach. Harper, terrified, watches as he dies in her arms, and at the same moment, her history teacher, Mr. DuPont, marches in with a blade in his hand. Harper’s life is about to change in a big way.
This book was absolutely spectacular. The writing style was easy to comprehend, and thankfully, this author didn’t switch between narrators like some other books I’ve read. Also, the plot of this book flows together, though there weren’t as many dramatic twists as I had expected. Hawkins describes Harper beautifully, from her personality to the detailed pearls on her southern neck. The romance in this book was to die for, and as a reader, I usually don’t like romance stuff in young adult books, mostly because it focuses ONLY ON THE ROMANCE. But not Rebel Belle! The only thing I could complain about this book is probably the ending. Hawkins leaves it as kind of “I’m-making-a-sequel-to-this” way, but Rebel Belle could be a stand alone book, which is kind of irritating.
Overall, the book was amazing, and so were the characters! They were all sarcastic and funny, and awesome! I would definitely recommend this book to readers who like a lot of kick-butt action, but also a little romance thrown in the mix!