Rebel Belle

Book review by
Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Witty repartee boosts Southern belle-turned-superhero tale.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Readers are introduced to proper Southern culture and etiquette, as well as Arthurian folklore and legend.  

Positive Messages

People are complex creatures. It's important to be kind to others because you never know what type of struggle they might be going through.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character, Harper Price is a sweet as Southern tea. She's smart, hardworking, and chooses to take the high road when mean girls attempt to bully.

Violence

Rebel Belle is chock-full of ninja kicks and Kung Fu punches. Although the violent details are quite graphic, they're also cartoonish. Three people are stabbed and die; one of those stabbings is by stiletto.

Sex

It's implied that teen boys and girls engage in consensual sexual relationships. There's also passionate kissing.

Language

Strong language includes, "bulls--t," "douchebag," "ass," and "f--k."

Consumerism

Some brand names, such as SUV, Lancome, Dodge, Vera Wang and Altoids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is mention of "huffiing," and it's discussed that Harper's sister was killed while driving while under the influence of alcohol. While Harper and her family attempt to overcome the tragedy, she learns to never drink and drive.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall) is about a Southern teen girl who becomes a superhero. The story's chock-full of detailed yet cartoonish violence and some strong language. There are many hand-to-hand combat scenes that include punching, kicking, and eye-gouging. Two people are stabbed and die. However, when a person passes away, the entire crime scene, along with the deceased, magically disappears. Parents also need to know that it's implied that teens engage in consensual sexual relationships. Language used includes "bulls--t," and "f--k."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybreckm February 23, 2016

Not for kids under 16!

As a parent of two young daughters, I'm blown away that any parents would be fine with their young kids reading material that has all kinds of sexual conte... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBooklover1231 December 28, 2014

UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL

Rebel bell is a very interesting and heartwarming read. How could you not love a book with a girl that goes from pretty dresses to super cool ninja fighting? T... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 1, 2015

Rebel Belle

This book is about a teenage girl occurs to have some kid of superpowers. I think that this book is an appropriate for kids 13 and up because the reason on how... Continue reading

What's the story?

REBEL BELLE is the story of 16-year-old Harper Price, a quirky Southern debutante turned superhero. Harper longs for the days when the traditional Southern belle dilemma consisted of deciding which lip gloss color went best with her homecoming dress. However, those once-upon-a-time minute details seem superfluous when she finds herself on the bathroom floor with the history teacher holding a knife to her throat. Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time! Harper takes over the role of the last Paladin when witnessing the death of her school's janitor. Her newest obligation: keeping the last living oracle alive. The problem with this objective, other than risking her own life to save others, is that the oracle happens to be her long time rival, David Stark.

Is it any good?

When New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins pitched this book to her publishers, she described it as "Legally Blonde meets The Terminator" -- and somehow, she pulls it off. The first few pages will have readers wondering whether they can endure an entire book filled with over-the-top teen jibber-jabber such as, "like totally" and "Omigod," but eventually the characters come to life with relatable qualities and real-life issues.

The chatty and quick-witted repartee between characters becomes a major part of Rebel Belle's charm, along with the fact that the heroine, Harper Price, makes a pretty fierce warrior.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why fantasy books with mages and witches are so popular.What others have you read? 

  • Families can also discuss the importance of folklore and legends. What place to they have in literature?

  • Rebel Belle includes some graphically described violent scenes against a fantastical backdrop. Does a fantasy setting make violence easier to handle?

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