Title: So Not Happening (A Charmed Life Bk.1)
Author: Jenny B. Jones
Genre: Young Adult fiction, with a little romance and mystery.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date released: May 5th 2009
Stars (out of 5):*****
Age rating: PG-12
This book is targeted to teens, but I think this book hold appeal to even older. As to content, there are a few kisses (one in particular that I won't soon forget, it was that good) and some serious themes, such as murder and hazing gone wrong.
Back cover (from Thomas Nelson.com):
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?
Bella Kirkwood -New York socialite, fashionista, school advice columnist and Oklahoma Cowgirl? Bella doesn’t think so either, and she’s determined to get a one-way ticket back to her glamorous life in the city, one way or another. But, God has other plans, like new friends, and irritating editor and a mystery that Bella just can’t help but stick her nose in.“So Not Happening" is the funniest book I’ve ever read, and my favorite read of this year. I mean, you’d be hard pressed to find a YA novel where the characters don’t morph, turn or transits into some mythical teen creature, with really good taste in clothes. Jenny B. Jones has written a snarky New Yorker, named Bella, and I can’t tell you how much I LOVE her. She is so fresh, salad would be jealous, and in Bella’s mind, her life is a royal mess, but as long as her Jimmy Choos don’t have cow poop on them, it’s not completely over. Bella is very real and believable, and I feel like she could be my sister from another mister. LOL And don’t even get me started on Luke Sullivan. He is super hot without even having to take his shirt off. Edward, without the lame sparkles and freaky pale skin. Jacob, without the long Rapunzle hair and need to howl at the moon. Like Justin Timberlake, before….well, you get what mean. Anyways, even with all the hilarity, the book carries a strong Godly message about being open to whatever God may have planned for you, whether that means talking to strange people, or moving to a Podunk town in the middle of Oklahoma, and all without having to bore you to tears.
And though it’s summer, there was some serious chemistry between Bella and her too-handsome-for-words , cowboy editor, Luke. I love they’re love-hate relationship. Bella can’t stand Luke, and for that matter, neither can Luke, but there are more than just snarky words flying between these two. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Jones takes her “A Charmed Life” characters next, and since I came into this series late, it won’t be long. This book is the perfect summer read, for the young adult and young at heart!
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