So Not Happening

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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 ...

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Overview

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 cana girl go on when her charmed life is gone and God appears to be giving her the total smackdown?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595545411
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Series: Charmed Life Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 945,842
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny B. Jones is a four-time Carol-Award winningauthor who writes YA and Christian Romances with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. Whenshe's not writing, she'sliving it up as ahigh school speech teacher in Arkansas. Visit JennyBJones.com and SouthernBelleView.com. Twitter @JenBJones

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    Is this girl trouble or what?

    I loved this book. I have actually read it more than once! This book takes you through all the emotions: laughing, crying, tension, nail-biting, confusion, frustration, love, can't believe it, and more laughing. I am in love with the main boy Luke. This is a great book for teen girls and young at heart ladies and everyone in between and outside this description. Read this, then go read Jenny's other books! I have loved them all!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    A Book With Take Home Value

    Jenny B. Jones characters are people you enjoy spending time with. Even the spoiled little rich girl who learns how to cope with her new life and doesn't die. How many of us are thrown out of our comfort zone? This hilarious book makes me stop and think about serious things. I like that in a book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    This story has everything I love in fiction!

    Jenny B. Jones is the queen of all things funny. So Not Happening has it all. Romance, intrigue, humor, mystery, yummy kisses, hilarious and memorable moments, etc. The author's unusual way of phrasing things is always original and the character's internal dialog is often downright hysterical (like one character's thoughts about the mixture of pills they are forced to take.) I've learned to read Jenny's books in the privacy of my own home to avoid potential embarrassment in public.

    Yet, the author has her serious moments, too. While dealt with in a light-hearted manner, the issues her characters encounter are not easy. On a stress scale from one to ten Bella ranks about a twenty in this story. When things get bad the author turn it up another notch and increases the pressure. She had me squirming with the suspense element, too. The plot was very strong and the tension kept building.

    The subtle attraction between Bella and several other characters made me smile, too. I loved the way the author drew her characters together in a romantic sense. That undercover stuff was especially delicious in one particular scene. It's hard not to impart a spoiler here because I want to tell you what I loved so much about that scene, but I'll refrain. There were so many great things that happened in this book. I just don't want to share them and ruin your fun. I am desperately wanting to read the next installment.

    Bottom line...I'm hooked on this series and I've only just started it. Not only is this book making my best fiction of 2009 list, it's also presently my favorite Jenny B. Jones story. I didn't think anything could top her other YA series with the psycho grandma, but she did it with this book.

    I highly recommend anything this author writes because there is always a solid message underlying the story that inspires me. The author knows human behavior and her characterization is flawless. She's the best author in the CBA when it comes to developing likeable, unique, quirky characters who are memorable, and yet very real at the same time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    From the big city to the small town

    Bella's getting the shock of the life when her mother agrees to remarry. She's marrying Jake - a mid-western man with two boys of his own. Therefore forcing Bella to move from her socialite life in New York City to a small town farm. She loses her boyfriend, her awesome friends, fabulous stores, and her father in one fell swoop. Soon she's also losing her credit cards. While life is horrible - its about to get so much worse. Usually a super popular girl - Bella has written about the people of new home town on her blog from her old school. People are buzzing about her harsh worlds and massive unhappiness. She's soon the town pariah. She'll do almost anything to bulk up her popularity skills - even dig through the school dumpsters looking for a story. While digging through trash, she overhears something that triggers her curiosity. Is there some kind of initiation going on with the football team - causing accidents and deaths in this small town. Bella vows to investigate and figure it out. Is she taking her redemption too far?

    The first of a new series takes a socialite and plunks her down in a small town making her miserable - but ultimately allowing her to discover more about herself in the long run. What ever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. Bella is funny, a bit shallow, but she has a kind heart. Plus she's very determined. A fun start to a brand new series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    I love this book

    This book was the first teen book ive ever read! Its amazing how everything happens......in the third book i can really relate ro Bella and her relationship with her real dad...a really good read i recomend it :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

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    One of the best books ever!!!>:^)

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Poor Isabella is having a rough time. Her parents divorce, and h

    Poor Isabella is having a rough time. Her parents divorce, and her mom remarries moving Bella from the Manhattan elite to an Oklahoma farm. I love when Bella first meets a cow and gets up close and personal with a dumpster. . . hilarious. She makes some mistakes in her journey to cope with her new life. It's painful to watch, but she lives and learns.

    This book is funny and heartwarming with a little romance. If you enjoy contemporary YA Christian fiction you'll love this book. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series!

    Content Ratings:
    sexual: mild
    language: none
    violence: mild

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Close

    I live soo close to okalohoma this is such a goid book btw¿¿¿¿¿¿¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Best book ever

    This book is superb. I have read it like 5000 times!!! It keeps u hooked and the whole series is great. If u like these u will like the katy parker series too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Love this book

    Read this like five times. a hilarius book. really well written!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great Read for Teens

    I really enjoyed this book. It has a great message on faith and liking people for who they are. Bella learns who her true friends are and how much she is loved. It's got a great plot with a hair raising twist at the end.

    The reason for giving this book four stars instead of five... There were numerous typos and spelling errors throughout the entire book. I don't think the author, an editor or a proodreader ever looked at this book. The mistakes were on almost every page... it was ridiculous!!!

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Surprising book!

    This was a pretty good book because i like the character bella and how she thinks. But i would not have gone into the dumpster anyway because that luke is a jerk and i hate him. I also thought the ending was cool because it made you think that it was bellas funeral when it actually wasnt.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    A Must Read

    Love this book Can' wait to start reading I'm so sure the sequal to bella kirkwoods like it keep me wanting more and more i hated when i had to stop reading to go to work of cook supper. Love reading this book. Can't get enough time to finish up this review so I can start i'm so sure.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    best book ever

    i just finished reading this book and i cannot express in words how wonderful and interesting it is. a total page turner BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!you wont regret it

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Great!!! ;)

    I got this book at Lifeway Christisn Bookstore and i didnt know if I would like it but it was amazing!! it has a great meaning!!! I would definatly recomend it to any teen girll!! It doesnt cuss any in this book which made me smile!!! :) Overall great book!! :) Jesus loves you:):):)

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Adjusting to change.

    So Not Happening is about change. Bella is the lead character. She lived a life that most teens only dream of, a private school, her own credit card and Broadway plays. After her parents' divorce she is forced to follow her mother to rural Oklahoma. Her mother fell in love and married a factory worker that lived on a farm with his two children. Bella found it hard to adjust and plotted to destroy the family so she could move back to New York.

    So Not Happening will appeal to tweens, teens and adults. There were several scenes that had me laughing and a few that had me crying. I became very attached to the characters and didn't want the book to end.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    So worth the read

    So Not Happening possesses every characteristic I've come to love in Jenny B. Jones's books-an effortless flow that keeps me turning pages, a wit that makes me laugh out loud, and wonderful, cringe-worthy catastrophes that make me both wince and chuckle.

    At the start of So Not Happening, I was so not sure how I'd like spending 326 pages with Bella Kirkwood. The girl's a snob and needs some serious work. But within the first chapter, Jones had me rooting for her. Watching Bella's transformation from local pariah to local hero was a delight, and I'm counting the days until book two releases.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

    An amazing read!

    I adore this book! It is a perfect mix of: teen drama, mystery, romance, faith, comedy, and hilarity. I laughed the whole time! Jones is an author who can make you live the story right along with the characters, throw twists and turns that you never see coming, and make you learn a lesson even when you don't realize you are learning anything-besides how long it takes to literally laugh your head off. I hope you read this book, because I'm pretty sure you would love it.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    It's SO Happening!

    Hat of to Jenny B. Jones for a great start to a new series! I don't typically enjoy reading YA but after reading the Katie Parker series I knew I had to give this a shot and I LOVED it! What a fun, exciting, emotional and realistic story. I am looking forward to find out what Bella does next in the little town of Truman - just wish I didn't have to wait until November.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    Awesome book!

    I loved the style of the writing. It was very fun and humorous to read. I ecspecially loved the characters. They were well developed, and I felt like I could relate to all of the on some level. Luke was definitely my favorite.
    The story was good. I really had no idea what the football players were up to, so I was never bored reading it! Overall it was a really fun well written book.

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