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A Charmed Life (The Charmed Life #1-3)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  614 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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, Broadway in her backyard, Daddy's credit card. Then her father decided to trade in her mother for a newer model. After that, her mom fell in love with a man she met on the Internet and moved the family to Truman, Oklahoma. T
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Published May 1st 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Ann A.
Dec 10, 2014 Ann A. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA/Teen girls
Recommended to Ann by: Holly and Virginia
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Wow. Just-WOWWWWW!!! So I vaguely remember like a year ago when I was browsing at a Christian bookstore and I saw So Not Happening. I remember reading the back...might've started the first couple pages? I thought it looked interesting, but it wasn't in the local library and I didn't want to buy it when I didn't know if it was good, so I put it back on the shelf and forgot about it.

About a month ago, two of my friends start telling me how great the books were, and, several days ago, my sister go
leanna  -when am I not bored-
I am like in love with this book!!!!!!! I know I have said this before but this one takes the cake!!!!!! I like just wish it were real, cuz if so I would like be in love with Luke Sullivan!!!!!!! I AM NOT KIDDING!!!! He's AMAZING!!!! This is literally the best book I have read EVER!!! If you guys wanna know what my favorite book is, IT'S THIS!!! When I grow up, if I have a daughter or my son has a girlfriend, I shall give it to them!!!!!
The main idea of this book is not to make assumptions about something before one has experienced it. This book is told by Bella Kirkwood who has just moved away from her home in New York City, Manhattan. After her parents' divorce, she left everything behind and went to Truman, Oklahoma where she lives on a small farm with her mom, stepdad, and stepbrothers. Bella immediately assumes that Truman will be awful and that nobody will be the least bit civilized. She writes in her old advice column fr ...more
I thought A Charmed Life was a delightful book. And it was funny. In my mind, it's a lot more difficult to be humorous on the page than it is face-to-face. I smiled many times while reading this book and even chuckled out loud on occasion. I noticed Jenny thanked Carol Burnett for being a role model--I guess she paid close attention and learned what's truly funny.

The whole scenario was outrageous, but in a good way. I have lived in the NYC Metropolitan area, and I have lived in Oklahoma. They ar
I Looved it! I had low expectations for this book, but I was very wrong. 3 books or mysteries in 1, Bella was ridiculous and funny. Her humor was engaging, she was Christian, but she wasn't too preachy. Although everyone she knew being super religious as a teenager seemed a little unreal, but whatever, it sends a good message to the younger folk. Each mystery was enjoyable and I loved figuring things out as Bella figured them out. Thumbs up to this author!
Lily Slifer
"A Charmed Life" by Jenny B. Jones
5 out of 5 stars
Read from March 2014 to April 2014

"A Charmed Life" by Jenny B. Jones is an awesome trilogy under one cover filled with adventure, mystery, romance, and a lot of action. I recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a laugh and a book that they will most likely love. Jones's use of funny phrases, teenage point of view, frequent mystery, and plot twists in "A Charmed Life" left me on edge and glued my face to the novel.
I believe that Jones's
I absolutely loved this series! It was so much fun, especially with Bella's sassy voice narrating everything-and not to mention Luke. ;) (*swoon*)

I'm once again going to shoot for that brevity! I've decided to do this review in bullet form to see if that’ll help. ;)

Here goes!

1. Characters: Entertaining, lively, and full of joy and spunk ;) (most of 'em anyways). I think the best way to describe Bella is that she's the teenager version of Junie B (if Junie B's parents were famous celebrities, tha
John Clark
Bella Kirkwood has it all. Her dad is a top plastic surgeon in NYC and Bella has two credit cards, a limo whenever she and her private school friends want to go clubbing, a hot boyfriend and all the designer outfits a girl could want. What she doesn't have, are parents who pay attention. When Dad dumps Mom for a younger, hotter model, Mom starts realizing how lousy a parent she's been. Unfortunately, she also finds a new boyfriend at an online dating website and the next thing Bella knows. Mom i ...more
Tori Rossin
I loved this book. I loved Bella's voice and the romance between her and Luke was amazing. I wish they hadn't danced around each other so much, but I still loved them. I am an editor for my school newspaper, and it is cool to read about other fellow editors and reporters. I also loved the God aspect of the book. I know it wasn't there to an extreme, but I think I liked that. I don't want to sound like it's okay to not have God as a huge part in ones life, but simply that it reflected the life of ...more
"A Charmed Life" is the best book/series I have ever read! Jenny is an amazing author who incorporates drama, mystery, comedy and romance all in one! I was never bored throughout all three books. Each book had a new crime that needed to be solved and of course Luke wouldn't let Bella work on it, but she always did anyway. I need my own Luke Sullivan in my life, Bella and his conversations were the best. I literally cried over this book for a week, I just couldn't get over it. Bella had such a pe ...more
I really liked this series. It was fun, fresh, and upbeat. When I read the book burb I wasn't expecting a mystery series, but in turned out to be really good. One of the things I didn't like was how in the first book, Bella whined a lot. I understood it at first but then it got annoying. However, Bella made up for it by becoming close with her new family>

I give this book 3.48 stars.

Spunky, cute - a delightfully fun read! Once again, Jones manages to capture not only the drama of being a teen with great insight, but she does this while crafting well developed characters and an interesting story plot.

Bella, her family and friends are quiet the interesting crew. Seriously, not a dull moment in this girl's life! I have to say, that while I really liked this series, I didn't love it like I did the Katie Parker series. That one had me laughing out loud often. Still, this one was
Mily Karamanos
I love this book. I bought it for a very long road trip and finished it in one day because i could not put it down. The main character, Bella, is relatable and i laughed a lot reading this book. I have read it so many times. Definitely one of my favorite books and i would recommend this to any teenage girl.
Very cute and entertaining, this three-in-one romp helped me get through a nasty cold and several days spent on the couch. I enjoyed the main character's spiritual growth and especially the hilarious escapades she embarks upon. Jenny B. Jones is always good for a laugh!
I loved loved loved this book its a cute romance between her and Luke that just makes you all happy inside. I have no other words for this book other than I finished it in 4 days
Juliana Eaton
Oh my goodness I absolutely LOVE this book (well technically, it's three)!! I started on it late in the summer and haven't really been able to finish it until now. It's so good! It reminds me a lot of a Christian version of Gossip Girl. The characters, the socialite life that the main character, Bella Kirkwood, used to live. I really enjoyed this because it's about how she writes a column for her school newspaper and in order to dig up some really good stories, she "solves mysteries" around her ...more
Jillian Hergenrother
"A Charmed Life" by Jenny B. Jones was a great novel to read. The author's purpose of writing this work was to entertain. The book involves a lot of suspense when the main character, Bella, tries to solve mysteries and succeeds. The way the author writes leaves you on the edge of your seat. Jones also involves some romance in her book. Bella, throughout the novel, sorts out her feelings for two boys, Hunter and Luke. The author has Bella go through heartbreaker, jealousy, and figuring out how s ...more
Shauna Barber
3 books in 1. Very quick and funny read! I really like the style of this authors writing!
May 02, 2012 Phyllis marked it as to-read
This would be cool for my teenage daughter. She loves books and especially series.
It reminded me a lot of a modern day Nancy Drew. It was a fun, quick read.
Great books... I love Luke
Brianna Yang
*This review is just for the first book in A Charmed Life!
In So Not Happening, a fashion diva named Bella Kirkwood is uprooted from her hometown, Manhattan, New York, to frumpy Oklahoma after her mom remarries. Now, Bella has to deal with two annoying stepbrothers (one of which has to drive Bella to school in a hearse, no less!), a huge bear of a stepdad, and a mom who finally seems to care about parenting. When school starts, Luke Sullivan, a strict editor in journalism class, is waiting. He st
A Charmed Life Goodreads summary:
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, Broadway in her backyard, Daddy's credit card. Then her father decided to trade in her mother for a newer model. After that, her mom fell in love with a man she met on the Internet and moved the family to Truman, Oklahoma. To a farm no less!

But that's just the beginning of Bella's problems. Her semi-pro-wrestler ste
I am not quite sure what I was expecting when I started this book. I had already fallen in love with Jones' works, my first (and still favorite) of her writings being Save the Date. This book has a lot more snark than Save the date and a lot less self doubt than There You'll Find Me. I didn't connect with the characters of this book as well as her others but I don't think that is any fault of the author, the characters were simply people who, as real as they were, were not at all like me.

If I ha
There are three books in A Charmed Life. In Book 1 So Not Happening of A Charmed Life, Bella Kirkwood is uprooted from her life in New York to Truman, Oklahoma. Her father a plastic surgeon has left her mother for a younger woman. Her mother married Jake Finley, who she was dating on-line. Bella has to leave her perfect life, boyfriend, and her best friend Mia behind.

Starting her life in Truman was a bit difficult in dealing with her stepbrother, Budge. Bella, of course, messed up by posting her
This is one of my favorite book (series) that I've ever read. And that's a lot. I totally applaud Jenny B. Jones, because this is a magnificently written book. I first read it a year ago (over Labor Day weekend), and I read it once again since then. I'm reading The Book Thief at the moment, and as good of a book it is, I'm considering stopping to read A Charmed Life for the third time because I'm missing it. I recommend this book to anyone who's anyone (and that's everyone). It combined the PERF ...more
Madison Cosby
THIS BOOK it was so good!! knowing myself I would have thought I would never finish it because it was almost 1000 pages but you can't put it down it's a fast and easy read. Anyone would enjoy it! It's one of my favorite contemporary novels!!:) It is a trilogy in one book
When I first got this book, I had no idea that it was 3 books in 1. I spent hours on end reading this book. I loved how it incorporated mysteries and god.
LOVED IT!. Bella is just so... interesting. I love how she gets in all kinds of trouble but relys in God anyway.
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Four-time Carol Award winner Jenny B. Jones writes contemporary romance with wit, sass, and Southern charm. Since writing for both women and teens leaves her with very little free time, she believes in spending her spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits, such as watching E!, going to the movies and inhaling large buckets of popcorn, and writing her name in the dust on her furniture. www. ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Charmed Life (4 books)
  • So Not Happening (The Charmed Life, #1)
  • I'm So Sure (The Charmed Life, #2)
  • So Over My Head (The Charmed Life, #3)
There You'll Find Me So Not Happening (The Charmed Life, #1) In Between (Katie Parker Productions, #1) Save the Date I'm So Sure (The Charmed Life, #2)

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