So Not Happening (The Charmed Life #1) by Jenny B. Jones

Jul 2, 2010
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: May 5, 2009
ISBN: 1595545417
Pages: 352 pages
New York's social darling just woke up in a nightmare: Oklahoma. Problem is, it's right where God wants her.
Bella Kirkwood had it all: A-list friends at her prestigious private school, Broadway in her backyard, and Daddy's MasterCard in her wallet. Then her father, a plastic surgeon to the stars, decided to trade her mother in for a newer model.
When Bella's mom falls in love with a man she met on the Internet--a factory worker with two bratty sons--Bella has to pack up and move in with her new family in Truman, Oklahoma. On a farm no less!
Forced to trade her uber-trendy NYC lifestyle for down-home charm, Bella feels like a pair of Rock & Republic jeans in a sea of Wranglers.
At least some of the people in her new high school are pretty cool. Especially the hunky football player who invites her to lunch. And maybe even the annoying--but kinda hot--editor of the school newspaper.
But before long, Bella smells something rotten in the town of Truman, and it's not just the cow pasture. With her savvy reporter's instincts, she is determined to find the story behind all the secrets.
How can a girl go on when her charmed life is gone and God appears to be giving her the total smackdown?
I had been skimming Erynn Mangum's website and noticed she had some recommendations for authors. Jenny B Jones was one of them and I am ecstatic that I read them.

Jenny B. Jones has become one of my favorite authors in only three books. She has a easy-going and funny touch on her stories. I would say that her that this Charmed life series could be said to be the young adult version of Erynn Mangum's Lauren Holbrook series.

Now onto the review of the book. I found the overall plot and idea was interesting and I loved the characters. Bella was definitely one of my favorite characters and she was also extremely funny. There was also a Nancy Drew element to the story that worked very well. A few things were predictable, but I think that to others it might not be.

Overall this book was fantastic and I could not wait to read the next book in the series! I highly recommend this book and the series.

I'd also like to note that this is a Christian author and series, but it is very light-hearted. Jenny B Jones doesn't preach in these books, but shows how a Christian girl lives in her everyday life. I recommend these books even if you don't enjoy Christian books.

Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars


  1. I LOVE that synopsis. Sounds like my type of fluffy summer read. And if it's funny, too, that's even more awesome! Great review!


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