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So Not Happening (Charmed Life Novel V1) [Paperback]

By Jenny B. Jones, Maryann MacDonald, Giselle Potter (Illustrator), Denver Art Museum (Corporate Author), Laing Art Gallery (Corporate Author), A. Dold (Editor), F. Takens (Editor) & B. Teissier (Editor)
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Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 5, 2009
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Age  13-16
ISBN  1595545417  
EAN  9781595545411  
UPC  020049134511  

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Forced to move from Manhattan to an Oklahoma farm when her mother remarries, sixteen-year-old Bella relies on her faith while investigating a deadly, secret organization for the school newspaper, as she slowly realizes how shallow and spoiled she has been.

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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?"

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More About Jenny B. Jones, Maryann MacDonald, Giselle Potter, Denver Art Museum , Laing Art Gallery , A. Dold, F. Takens & B. Teissier

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jenny B. Jones is the award-winning author of romantic comedies for teens, as well as women. Writing with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity, Jenny believes a romance novel should make you smile and leave you entertained, as well as inspired. Check out her books for teens, such as the Carol Award winning A Charmed Life series and There You'll Find Me, plus books for women such as RITA finalist, Save the Date. When not writing, Jenny believes in making the most of her rare free time with intellectual worthwhile pursuits. Such as watching bad TV, consuming dangerous levels of ice cream, and obsessive, frequent Twittering. You can find her at and on Twitter at JenBJones.

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New York Meets The Farm  May 5, 2010
I'm a huge Jenny B. Jones fan but when I first picked up this book, I thought "Oh no...another character in a YA book named Bella????" Luckily this Bella has nothing to do with that another character that shares her name and there are no sparkly vampires in this book. Instead this Bella has to deal with going from being Gossip Girl royalty to living with Old MacDonald.

While I felt bad for her because of how things happened so quickly, I thought it was quite fun to read about Bella's transformation from city chick to country gal. I think though what made it a little harder is that Bella seems very nice. She's not stuck up, a bit spoiled maybe, but not like a whiny socialite. So when her new school suddenly turns on her, I just felt so sympathetic for her. Although, if she had said something mean about me I probably would not be feeling that way. It's interesting how it's the ENTIRE school that gets angry. I swear kids who go to schools in the Midwest tend to be extremely close to each other.

This treatment would lead to her trying to get into good graces with the newspaper editor. I understand why Luke was hard on Bella and all the tasks he made her do ended up being good for her. Still, he annoyed me and I'm not ashamed to say that I was so glad when she stood up to him and was able to prove him wrong several times. What's great about the book is that it's not just about Bella but also the story of peer pressure and the dangers behind it. It's extremely relevant with what is going on in high schools today and I feel that teens who read it will be able to relate to what's going on. The plot is not light and happy then, it's quite serious.

This was a really fun read all around. At over 300 pages, it's longer and a bit more heavier in material than most general market YA chick lit. It's considered Christian fiction, but honestly I don't think people who don't like God and other preachy stuff hidden in stories will get offended. The story is more about Bella learning to grow up and become more mature. There's a lot of laughs in this book (I nearly died when Bella finds out her stepdad's secret) and it's a feel good read. If you're a fan of Jenny's books, you're going to love this one as well. If you've never read her, this is a great place to start and I bet you will think she fits right up there with the general market YA authors. This is one of those reads where I'm pretty much guaranteeing that you will love it. HIGHLY recommended.
So Not Happening  Apr 1, 2010
Bella Kirkwood was living the life of luxury. She had her own credit cards, lived in Manhattan, the best boyfriend, in the "in-group" at her all-girls school. That life changes when her mother re-marries and she is forced to move to Truman, Oklahoma.

From the moment she arrives things do not seem to go well. In an effort to unite the family her mother cancels all of her credit cards. She is forced to ride to school with her step-brother in his "hearse". When she writes some non-flattering things about the people in Truman and posts them on her blog things go from bad to worse. At every turn she is trying to find anything to get her back to Manhattan.

Being forced to work on the school paper she meets Luke the newspaper editor. Immediately sparks fly between the 2 of them. Being invited to a secret party, she uncovers a mystery that puts her and Luke together on a story that will affect the whole town.

Bella's character seems to mature throughout the story. At first her prima-donna attitude kind of got on my nerves, but as she matured and grew out of herself I started enjoying the book more. Bella's humor is very amusing and the climax of the book has the reader turning the pages as fast as they can! I don't know that I would consider this book "Christian" although God and Jesus and prayer are mentioned, that theme is not what the story revolves around. It is a clean read that keeps the reader involved with humor, mystery and suspense. Well done!

So Totally Happening  Mar 11, 2010
I love Bella! Jenny B Jones' Bella that is. So Not Happening is a delightfully fun read. Had me laughing and crying. A nice break from deep fiction. This is a book that teen girls (and their moms--like me!) will love.
So Much Fun!  Jan 25, 2010
My Thoughts: The first time I saw this was down the book aisle at Wal-mart. It caught my eye. I just knew I had to read it. We meet Bella who is just a normal girl from New York. She likes fashion and is somewhat spoiled. She is forced to move to a country town in Oklahoma because her mom got remarried to some guy she met on the Internet. Bella gets stuck with two stepbrothers, one which is around the same age as she is. We also meet her boyfriend Hunter from New York. I did not like him at all, from the get go. Something about the guy just annoyed me. We also meet Luke, who works on the newspaper at the new school with Bella. Now, I did like him. Bella finds a interesting story with the football players of town. I don't want to give away the book but this is such a cute story. There were a lot of laugh out loud moments throughout the book. Also, enough quality characters to keep the story interesting. Even though i could see what was going to happen with Bella's best friend, I still wanted the smack the best friend a few times! Arrg! I also really liked Bella and Luke. Their first kiss was so amazing, it had me smiling as it was happening! What is the mystery story behind the football players? What about with Bella and Hunter? Bella and Luke? I can't wait to read book 2.

Overall: Really liked it a lot. Liked the characters and it was a cute story.

Cover: Makes me want to know the story between the green purse and the pig.
So Not Happening  Jan 7, 2010

I've read all of Jenny B Jones' youth fiction, and I enjoyed reading them all. SO NOT HAPPENING is the first book in Ms. Jones' A CHARMED LIFE series, and I am seriously looking forward to reading book two, I'm So Sure which is next on my to-read pile.

Bella, despite coming from an affluent background, is a totally realistic character that I couldn't help but fall in love with. She is real, witty, and delightfully sarcastic. I laughed out loud as I read this book, and there were even some heartbreaking parts that almost made me cry. SO NOT HAPPENING is a wonderful book for young adults. My fourteen year old is anxiously waiting for me to write the final word on this review so she can grab the book and start reading it. She loves Ms. Jones' books too.

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