Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

rebelbookcover.phpTake a Southern debutante, include a good-looking geek boy, add a pinch of fantasy and comedy, and you get Rebel Belle  by Rachel Hawkins.

Harper is the queen of her school – the student body president, the over-achiever.  But when the school janitor passes superstrength and reflexes on to her, she becomes a Paladin.  With that comes the duty of protecting David, the one boy in the whole school she can’t stand.  And the feeling is mutual.  Nothing is more frustrating when you physically can’t hit your nemesis.

The book starts out at a breakneck pace and keeps it up the whole way through.  It has everything – car chases, intense fighting scenes (one where the weapon of choice is a high heel shoe), and the flutters of first love.   Dear CW, you should definitely make this book into a TV show, pronto!

My heart went out to both Harper and David, teens who never once asked for the destiny that’s handed to them.  Both of them have faced tragedy in the past, and they both handle things with quite a bit of maturity.  I found myself rooting for them the whole time.

The setting feels real, invoking the modern-day south and the small town where everybody knows your name. And the story is both hilarious and heart-warming.  Although, Cotillion never went down quite like it does in this book.  This book is full of an enthralling mythology and chock-full of authentic southern charm.  Once you pick it up, you won’t want to put it down.

Find and reserve this book in the library.

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