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So Not Happening (The Charmed Life #1)

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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 lo
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Sep 03, 2010 Siriana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-reads
Jenny B. Jones is an awesome author, with all (and more) wit and hilarity than Meg Cabot...but, cleaner (BIG bonus) and Christian (DOUBLE bonus ;) And this series is no exception! After So Not Happening when I thought it couldn’t get better, lo and behold! I’m So Sure topped its predecessors ABSOLUTELY AWESOME with ABSOLUTELY AWESOMELY FANTASTIC!I enjoyed I'm So Sure so much I'm probably going to read it again. It had me on the edge of my seat, laughing 'til I was red in the face. XD
An even bett
Jun 19, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Ashley by: Lori
Shelves: reviewed
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
Hannah Rodes
Apr 29, 2016 Hannah Rodes rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones.

The Characters.

Bella (The main character) I felt was very unlikable. She seemed like the stereotypical city girl, and if I was a city girl, I would be deeply offended by the portrayal of Bella. Luke was, no question, my favorite character. He knocked Bella down a peg or two. (Making her a bit more likable, thank goodness.) I'm sorry to say Bella was my least favorite character through out the book.

The Plot.

The plot for the last half of the book had me. The
Ann Miller
May 29, 2013 Ann Miller rated it it was amazing
So Not Happening totally happens. I spent a day reading and laughing myself silly with my daughter looking daggers at me, making me shut up till she could get her mitts on Jones’ fourth outing. The book was so captivating, I took it with me to friends' and finished reading it over pizza. My rudeness is so the fault of Jenny B. Jones’ hilarious prose. I refused to give the book up until I went back and reread my favorite parts—like the kiss—while my daughter stood by tapping her foot.

Lest you thi
Jill Williamson
May 20, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Review by Jill Williamson

Bella Kirkwood’s mother is getting remarried, whether Bella likes it or not. But that’s not the worst thing that could happen to this Manhattan girl. Bella’s new stepfather lives in Truman, Oklahoma, and, since Bella’s dad is going through a selfish phase, she has no choice to move from her fast-paced uptown life to Cow Town, USA.

Bella start out okay, but a harsh venting session about small town life on her old Ask Miss Hillard blog gets the wrong kind of attention: the
Julie Graves
Apr 01, 2010 Julie Graves rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
Mar 05, 2015 Amelie rated it liked it
2,5 Sterne

Das Buch hätte wirklich gut sein können, weil die Autorin Humor hat und die Hassliebe sehr cool gewesen ist und die Idee an sich zwar sehr durchgenudelt, aber hier trotzdem etwas Frisches hatte. Allerdings gab es einfach zu viele Dinge, die mich hier gestört haben, als dass es mir wirklich hätte gefallen können. Beispielsweise die Tatsache, dass unsere liebe Prota ständig betet und zu Gott redet. Religion gut und schön, ich bin ja selbst Christin, aber muss man das echt alle paar Seite
Cathy Daniel
Jun 01, 2013 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, what a fabulous book!! I can't wait to read the next one in the series :) not as LOL funny as her others but I still laughed in parts and it was fun to have a mystery to boot! :) I really sympathized with Bella in the beginning for all she endured but I'm glad for her growth (as well as the other characters) by the end. I'd give this more stars if I could!
Brooklynn Erickson
Jan 10, 2016 Brooklynn Erickson rated it really liked it
When first meeting Bella, I was worried this story was going to be about a classic white girl. Taken away from her privileged life, Bella would have to learn to adapt to the new scenery. It is simple to read about. I never felt like I had to struggle through a part of the book. I enjoyed reading about Bella’s part in the newspaper. I thought Luke and Bella would be an adorable couple. I do wish that their relationship, whatever it may be, would have progressed quicker. I felt like Bella matured ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Noura rated it liked it
It's more like 2 and half..
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Bella's life has been turned upside down. In the blink of an eye she has gone from living in NYC with her "plastic surgeon to the stars" father and her charity, fund-raising mom - to living in Truman, Oklahoma. On a farm, no less, with her mom, new step-dad, and two step brothers. The oldest which seems to be going to great lengths to make her life impossible.

To make matters worse, she manages to alienate herself further when she blogs at her old school's website (Hilliard School for Girls) abou
Jan 04, 2012 Christy rated it it was amazing
So Not Happening is just fabulous! At first, I didn't quite know what to think about this 16-year-old spoiled brat of a girl who was a New York transplant in Oklahoma. I mean, Bella's a little self-absorbed, a little snobbish, but she's all kinds of snappy--as in the Queen of One-Liners--except when she says a little bit too much on a blog for the whole town of Truman to see. Not that there's a lot of folks in Truman, but there's enough there that her friends scale slides to zero really quick!

Jul 08, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing
Oh how I loved this book! Jenny B. Jones has written a wonderful novel perfectly captured from a city girl's point of view. Bella is such a witty, smart and irresistible character. You will love Bella's hilarious insights on farm life. So Not Happening had me laughing out loud the whole time! The mystery in the book got me hooked and will keep readers turning the pages! For someone who everyone assumes is a "spoiled brat", Bella sure proved them all wrong by ultimately becoming the heroine.

Oct 05, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it
I stayed up late last night to finish this book, cause the last part got intense! I was thinking I was just reading your typical YA chick-lit, but I was wrong. So Not Happening was the first book I've read by Jenny B. Jones. Sidenote: I can't get past the author's name. I either think of Jenny Jones the talk show host, or Junie B. Jones, the childrens series.

Anyway, the book is about Bella, a teenage girl whose parents are divorced. She lives in and loves New York. Her mom gets remarried, and sh
Jul 20, 2010 Arya rated it it was amazing
Bella Kirkwood has been forced (against her will!) to leave her beloved New York and move in with her Mother's Neanderthal of a husband and his two uncivilized sons. Is it any wonder that she is miserable? But then everything changes. Something strange is going on in the small town of Truman, Oklahoma - and in between giving an "extreme makeover" to one of her new friend and alienating the entire student population - she is determined to figure out what it is.

Luke Sullivan is the editor of the
Princess Bookie
Jan 25, 2010 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2010
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, ...more
Jun 17, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-ya, 2011
Review posted here at my blog.

I love the euphoric feeling I get when I read a book by a new-to-me author and love it completely and totally. I think I’ve found a new favorite and can’t wait to gobble up everything else that author has written. Sometimes the book I loved turns out to be a fluke, but other times, as in the case of Jenny B. Jones, my initial reaction was right and I’ve found a new bookish BFF. I loved Save the Date and was thrilled to learn that it was not Jenny’s first work!

So Not
Aug 28, 2012 Camille rated it liked it
The beginning of this book was incredibly frustrating to read because of all the horrible things that happen to Bella. I was outraged that Bella's parents would treat her as they did. Maybe I'm just so used to being a grownup that the context of being a teenager, where your parent's control much of your life, struck me as ridiculous. I thought to myself several times, "Why don't you just move out and do things your own way? Being an independent adult really isn't that hard." It took some time fo ...more
T.V and Book Addict
Apr 29, 2009 T.V and Book Addict rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Rating: 3.6/5
Age R: 13+
Release Date: May 5
So Not Happening is about 16 year old Bella Kirkwood who's mom gets married to a guy she barely knows, Jacob Ralph Finley. Unfortunately the "fun" doesn't stop there, she is forced to leave her home sweet home in NYC and move to Oklahoma. This is something Bella absolutely hates! She does not want to live in a place where people can't tell the difference between "Payless shoes and Prada." Besides that, she now has two new step brothers, one of w
May 15, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Rating C+

Review This book got on my nerves so thoroughly throughout that I had to force myself to keep going, but I persevered and it ended up being... not bad.

The plot started off ridiculously slow, but picked up at the last fifty pages (enough to get me to pick up the next book in the series... I'm such a sucker for a series).

The reason this book was a C+ (slightly above average) was because at times (albeit rarely) the dialogue actually made me laugh out loud. Literally. Not text speak. Liter
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Apr 20, 2009 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
I don't read many teen books, but this one was a lot of fun.

Bella Kirkwood is a mini little New York socialite. Daddy is a rich, famous plastic surgeon and Bella is spoiled beyond belief. When her father has a mid-life crisis and decides to trade her mother in for new and different models, Bella has her own crisis. To make matters worse, her mother meets a man on the internet and travels to Oklahoma to marry him. Bella not only gains a stepfather who works in a feminine products factory and live
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 auth
Jade West
May 06, 2015 Jade West rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*
Hard for me to explain, but the rising action was pretty shallow. I felt Bella's pain as she was downgraded, its one thing to move her to a town totally opposite of her's. But its a worse and totally different thing to move her, make her go to school (give her time to adjust), cut her off, refuse her promised car (she was promised for years), and take away her cat (this was a turning point for me). Brittany (?), or whoever was doing all those bad things to bother Bella, did much to c
Oct 09, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing
I love this book! At first I thought it was going to annoy me because Bella is rather spoiled in the beginning but Jenny B. Jones played it out so good that after awhile I didn't even think about it. This book was just flat out funny! Seriously this author is hilarious! I was laughing so hard at parts of this book! Even a certain part in the climax, which was really inappropriate on my part probably since it was so intense but jeez it was just so funny! And that leads me to the plot.
I sort of e
Mar 14, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
Jenny Jones has a charming book here 3 1/2 stars. Bella is forced to move from New York, to small town OK. Her mother is re-marrying. She is leaving her upscale lifestyle, full of shopping, limitless credit cards, and all her best friends (and boyfriend too), to move to a place where cows outnumber people. Bella is not happy, and spends the majority of the book pining for her old life. After becoming a social exile, she finds herself assigned to the school newspaper. Between new assignments (bot ...more
Kathryn Cooper
Sep 24, 2012 Kathryn Cooper rated it really liked it
Reviewed on Clean Teen Fiction

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 lo
Nora St Laurent
Jul 13, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed this first juvenile fiction book I’ve read by Jenny B. Jones. I found myself smiling and laughing out loud as I read about Isabella’s adventures in Oklahoma. I was drawn to this book by the pig and the green purse on the front cover â I had to know the story behind the pig. I jumped into reading this book without knowing anything about it. Let me tell you what a treat I found. It was a great surprise to discover how funny this author can be. Not So Happening, reminded me of Par ...more
C.J. Darlington
Feb 16, 2015 C.J. Darlington rated it really liked it
First she brought us Katie Parker, the loveable yet snarky teen heroine who couldn't seem to stay out of trouble. We followed Katie's hilarious escapades through In Between, On the Loose, and The Big Picture, and it was a sad day when the Katie Parker Production series ended. What would we do without our Katie and Mad Maxine fixes?

Luckily, Jenny B. Jones got right to work on a new set of books for Thomas Nelson called The Charmed Life series. So Not Happening introduces us to Bella Kirkwood, a N
Dec 28, 2014 Jaime rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone!
While on the hunt for a good read I stumbled across Jenny B. Jones. The wit, sass, and spark of her characters drew me into her writing, and this piece is no exception! From the opening line I was hooked! Bella’s honesty and unwillingness to blend with her new step family was quite entertaining. The story began with Bella interrupting her mother’s wedding in hopes that she [her mother] would come to her senses and dump her fiancee. Sadly though, that plan was a flop that resulted in Bella being ...more
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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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The Charmed Life (4 books)
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