Author: Rachel Hawkins
“If Dr. Dupont hadn’t been a total drama queen and raised the sword with both hands, he might have actually killed me. He certainly wouldn’t have ended up giving me the opening he did.
Because while his arms were high over his head, about to bring the sword down, I pushed myself off the floor and into a spin, the high heel clutched in hands, sharp point out.”
– Rachel Hawkins, Rebel Belle
Y’all, as a proud southern belle, I was more excited for this book than a perfect pitcher of sweet tea. Too much? Okay, maybe. I did grow up in a big city, and honestly, I hate sweet tea. Please don’t take my belle card away. Here, have a cookie.
Seriously, though, Harper is the protagonist I needed growing up. She manages to be a lady in the streets and the ultimate ninja in a fight. This is a book for all of the girls whose mothers made them attend cotillion instead of knife throwing classes. You CAN have it all. (That’s right Maman, I’m calling you out.)
Essentially, Harper Price is the quintessential homecoming queen who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and becomes endowed with pseudo-super powers. Then she finds out that she’s honor and magically bound to protect the guy that she’s hated since she was in diapers. What’s not to love about this storyline? You’ve got the teenage angst, the ultimate independent female protagonist, and the promise of some great action scenes.
I wish I could have ordered my copy with the angst on the side. The fact that I was so excited for this book made all of the exaggerated stereotypes so much more disappointing. I loved the idea of Harper Price, but in reality she was a little annoying. Her relationships with everyone in her life are so superficial that I couldn’t let it go throughout the entire book. And the sequel. Look, I’m a book junkie, sometimes I just HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
Even her relationship with her boyfriend, Ryan, at the beginning of the book made me want to cringe. And vomit. And pray that I was never like that in high school. I mean, seriously, who dates someone because they check off a box? I understand that Rachel Hawkins fit in this relationship as part of Harper’s character arc, to show how she grows as a person. Harper was originally all about the perception and being perfect, and blah, blah, blah. How much more heartless and cliché can you get?
It’s a great beach read, and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something to pass the time, but it’s nothing special. I had no problem putting it down when I had other matters to attend, which probably says all that you need to know.
Do you agree? Want to change my mind? Comment below! Maybe there’s something I missed the first time around.