Monday, 4 July 2011

Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett

Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell
Crickett Rumley
[June 14, 2011]

Expelled from thirteen boarding schools in the past five years, seventeen-year-old Jane Fontaine Ventouras is returning to her Southern roots, and the small town of Bienville, Alabama, where ladies always wear pearls, nothing says hospitality like sweet tea and pimento cheese sandwiches, and competing in the annual Magnolia Maid Pageant is every girl’s dream. 
But Jane is what you might call an anti-belle—more fishnets and tattoos than sugar and spice. The last thing on her mind is joining the Magnolia Maid brigade and parading around town in a dress so big she can’t even fit through doors. So when she finds herself up to her ears in ruffles and etiquette lessons, she’s got one mission: Escape.
What’s a hipster to do? Will Jane survive Bienville boot camp intact or will they—gasp!—make a Southern belle out of her yet?

A fun read full of Southern sass and charm.

Jane was an interesting character. She was interesting and silly and sometimes just immature. But she developed and grew a lot during the novel, even though sometimes she regressed a tad. She was outspoken and defiant and just a fun character.

I loved all the Magnolia Maids. They all had their own personality and flair and combined, it was fantastic. There was one maid I wished we could’ve seen more of, but I understand why we didn’t. The  in the ended with a lot of potential for a sequel, so maybe she’ll show up more there if it’s written.

It’s also a quick read. It seems like it’s on the longer side, but I read it in just a few hours. And while fun and silly, it also does have a deeper side. It’s a great book to just curl up in bed with or read outside.



  1. This looks like it'd be really fun to read. I always feel B.A. when I finish a long book in a short amount of time. Puny books think they can beat me? No siree! :)

  2. This sounds so cute! I absolutely love the title as well.

  3. Sounds like a funny read for the summer.



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