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The Grass Is Always Greener

(Belles #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,207 ratings  ·  92 reviews
How many secrets can one family keep?

Amid preparations for Emerald Cove's extravagant Founders Day celebration and their own shared sweet sixteen, Isabelle Scott and Mirabelle Monroe are longing to break free from the tight constraints that come with being the daughters of a prominent public figure. When Izzie's estranged aunt, Zoe, breezes into town, the already uneasy fa
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Poppy
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Nasty Lady MJ
Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People Who Don't Mind a Good Cornball Novel
Recommended to Nasty Lady MJ by: Moi (I read the first two and I thought why not?)
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Sigh. When I first read the first book in this series I loved it, despite its tendency to be a little corny. The next book I got annoyed with it, but sort of figured maybe this is middle book syndrome. But now upon reflection. This series sucks.

Oh, I know. Burn.

I actually feel sort of bad about it, maybe for a millisecond. While a part of me thinks that maybe Calonita is trying to market at the younger audience, the rational part of my brain is telling me this is no
A good closer to the Belles trilogy which I found to be thoroughly entertaining. The audio, read by Julia Whelan, was well done and I was impressed by her ability to create so many unique voices. The writing is strategic and thoughtful; I could easily see this series becoming a TV show.

I realize that this series might seem very cookie-cutter to some readers, but I appreciated the wholesome approach to the Monroe family's problems. There are some heavy topics that are explored but not exploited:
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Jen Calonita has done it again!! I loved the first two books of the Belles series, and I wasn't sure if the final book could live up to them; but boy was I wrong!! The Grass is Always Greener is super entertaining, and quite the page turner! This book kept me guessing every second! Winter White ended with a major cliffhanger, Izzie met her long lost aunt, Zoe. And once again, questions are asked, and secrets are revealed. The whole time I was reading each of the Belles books I was wondering who' ...more
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

I love the family dynamic that is forming. It made me giddy to see how sisterly Mira and Izzy have become. Like the first two books, this one moved along quickly. I was surprised to see Mira and Kellen move on so quickly, especially since it didn't feel like there was real closure there but, I really liked Landon. He's a keeper. I know this is supposed to be a trilogy, but it felt like there was some unfinished business to still be wrapped up. There wasn't too
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ohmylawd, I can't believe that I've finished another one of Jen's series. This was the first book of hers that I ever got on my Kindle {although I am still buying the paperback or hardcover and mailing it to you to get signed, cause you know me - I need all my Jen Calonita books signed lol} BUT ANYWAYYY, I loved it. I loved the entire trilogy, and I know that I'll love whatever you write next, cause that's just the way I am.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book, make that this whole series, has made me appreciate my family. I know that sometimes my family gets a little messy, but realized how much I really depend on them, and I know that I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. It's hard to put into words what how much I am grateful for all that they have done for me, even if I don't act that way sometimes. I am so thankful for my family and all that they do for me.
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-realism
The third and final book was ok, not as good as the first and second but it does tie up the ending leaving a series that you know is complete. Mira and Izzie have a birthday party to plan and new activities to try, boyfriends to cuddle with and paparazzi to thwart and a long lost aunt for Izzie to try and get to know. Overall a good conclusion.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Content :)

I met Jen Calonita a few days before this book was officially on sale and I loved talking to her about it! She's a fantastic woman and her creativity is shown through this series. It is not my usual genre, but I was kept entertained and curious throughout the series. Love it!
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
2.5 stars

This was definitely the weakest in the series. The story just felt very run of the mill and didn't overall really fell like it was worth reading.
3.5 of 5 stars
I like this series- it's cozy and heartwarming and sweet like southern sweet tea
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
While I enjoyed this conclusion to the Belles trilogy, I don't think I liked it as much as I liked the first two books. The characters and writing were as wonderful as ever, but the main plot of the story seemed almost a replica of the second book (a.k.a. The girls are forced to deal with boy problems, fitting in, and being in the spotlight). It felt like I was reading the same book with minimal change other than a couple of new qualities that were introduced, such as the plot line concerning Iz ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm so glad I finally finished this series! It was definitely a chore to get through all three books! The two points of view were great to break up the story but I found Izzie's chapters a but boring! Mira's were much more interesting! Also side note: could the author not come up with different names? Like the word play for Isabelle and Mirabelle I get but Hayden and Brayden? Zoe and Chloe?
Lenni Jones
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, I’m not sad this series is over. I loved it, but I was getting tired of all the family drama. I postponed starting this book because I didn’t want to hear about the Zoe drama and Kellen drama. Buuut, once I started it I was hooked. I was so happy with the conclusion to this series and I would consider a reread some time. This is the perfect conclusion to a good series!
Lauren K
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute series, a light fluffy read for when I have lots of other things on my mind. The only thing I didn't like about this series is that it skips important events and there is too much time in between some chapters. Wish the author had given more details on some things, it felt too rushed and as I mentioned, important events were skipped over or not explained in detail.
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Overall I really liked this series. It was a good lighthearted read, nothing to serious I don't think. And although I guessed the twist in each of the three books, they were still enjoyable. Majority of the time if a book is predictable I don't enjoy it. Again the narrator is amazing!
Alicia Weaver
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A nicely wrapped up final book in this trilogy. The girls come to terms with sisterhood, and both learn the value of true friendship and how to navigate first romances all while their father’s government position keeps them in the spotlight.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
My least favorite of the trilogy. Still fun but I appreciated the story less than the first two.
Ruby K.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The beginning was kind of confuses and frustrated.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks

Such a cute series!
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The Grass is Always Greener is the final book in the Belles series, coming full circle as Izzy discovers that she's not really the last Scott left in the world (as she's previously thought) and with Mirabelle and Izzy becoming even closer to each something almost like being sisters. The whole Belles series has been a very lighthearted and fun romp and the same is true about the last book, with plenty of heartwarming family moments, truths about one's family history and some romance sp ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd-quarter
"The Grass is Always Greener" is a spectacular sequel to "Winter White". It is very different than "Winter White" because it shows how Mira and Izzie have changed and matured. I learned about family, friendship and love; I recommend this book to someone who loves hearing about fashion and can relate to art.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I netflixed (binge-read) the entire Belle’s series in a couple days. I felt like I was watching a tasty ABC Family series and I just had to know what was going to happen next. This series would actually make an awesome series out there, so I could totally see one of the networks grabbing it up. Since I listened to the books back-to-back, I decided to do reviews for both Winter White and The Grass is Always Greener together. Both books were read by Julia Whelan. Winter White is 9 hours, 35 minute ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Grass Is Always Greener by Jen Calonita
Grade: B+
Summary: How many secrets can one family keep?

Amid preparations for Emerald Cove's extravagant Founders Day celebration and their own shared sweet sixteen, Isabelle Scott and Mirabelle Monroe are longing to break free from the tight constraints that come with being the daughters of a prominent public figure. When Izzie's estranged aunt, Zoe, breezes into town, the already uneasy family dynamic is turned on its head.

Izzie's finally found her foo
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first two in my opinion but still enjoyable. I probably just didnt like this one as much because of Zoe she was so full of shit the whole time. I actually loved Mira in this book after her Kellen left her and their phone calls were distant she found a new artsy boy Landon (love his name) who is definitely better. I knew he was Greyson's son but I'm glad it all worked out in the end even though all the tabloid stuff was extra in this book. And Mira finally has a friend! Charlot ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
At the beginning izzie is dealing with the loss of her grams which occurred sometime between the two books. things are going strong between her and brayden and she took over as co-chair of the butterflies. mira is dealing with her breakup with kellen after he left. she met landing at get new art class and she is now friends with Charlotte. kylie is dating hayden but izzie is fighting with them. they are preparing for the founders celebration. izzie is also trying to get to know her aunt zoe. At ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
This is a great series! I finished all three books in about 5 days. The story moved at a great pace and the characters felt very real to me. I think she handled the world of EC very well, giving us a taste of the privileged life while still dealing with very real issues. No world is perfect and we were able to see both the good and the bad of EC.

Izzy and Mira were very strong characters and I liked seeing them both grow. While Izzy came to accept the Monroes as her family and her new life, Mira
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A good book but I felt that it wasn't quite strong enough as the final entry on the Belles series. So much of the novels have been dedicated to Bill Monroe's senate run that I really feel that one final book that covered whether or not he won the election would really offer more closure than this one did, as well as whether or not Mira ever does give modelling a try, and see Izzie really come into her own (view spoiler)

Still, ove
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Jen Calonita's series are like the equivalent to teenage soap operas with substance: there's the family drama, cute boys, and pretty dresses, but there's also something fundamentally grounding in the plotlines.

This story in particular made me think of a scene from Becoming Jane , where Anne Hathaway, who plays Jane Austen, remarks how her characters will always have the kind of happy ending that she never got (or something along those lines). I felt the same way reading this book-- it is written
Apr 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
okay so let me just start this by saying that i think Jen should have wrote belles and then just stopped.
i honestly felt i was reading a fanfic by winter white but at least that one was like a quality fanfic the grass is always greener was like a fanfic written by a ten year old with no real plot.
so i have a little brother and he was laughing at the cover and i was like what? so i looked and the left side of the cover was under one of my cookbooks and it said "ass is greener" and i agree. this
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I'm Jen Calonita, a MG and YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you (and no, I wasn't intending for that to rhyme!).

I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my "three wishes" for a genie down on paper. They were:
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