So Over My Head (The Charmed Life, #3)
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So Over My Head (The Charmed Life #3)

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Newly single, stalked by a killer, and in desperate need of some chic clown shoes--Bella is one skinny mocha frapp away from total meltdown. When the Fritz Family Carnival makes its annual appearance in Truman, Bella's keen reporter instincts tell her the bright lights hide more than they reveal. Her suspicions are confirmed when one of the stars is murdered. Though the po...more
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Published May 4th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published April 20th 2010)
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Jun 08, 2012 Kersten rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls who like mysterys and sometimes a very close to murder!
I thrilling ending to the charmed life series! Not only is Bella wraped up in one mystery in Truman, she has snuck her way into one in New York! The circus has come to Truman and Bella is writing an article for the school newspaper again, along with Luke, now her boyfriend, and another girl their age moved back to town, Lukes ex-girlfriend. the worst part for Bella is she finds Ashely and Luke kissing in the parking lot after she interviewed the Bearded Lady of the show. After they watch the sec...more
I giggled my way thru this. Spunky and light hearted, the writing is witty and refreshing. The only thing I would say about it, is some of the high school stuff isn't as believable. Especially, the amount of time each teen character spends digging around crime scenes. But its all part of how the story is suppose to go. Its written really well, has believable characters. The feelings seem real and so does the family aspect. The only thing that was a bit of cheese, was the wedding with Bella's dad...more
Where can I start? Haha I thought this book would be girly and stupid based on the cover, but you know what they say: don't judge a book on it's cover. It was so witty and funny and suspenseful! Who would've thought that there would be a kidnapping scene in this book? Bella, the main character is facing all types of problems. 1. She had just finished interviewing the bearded lady, Betty, at the local circus and came back to find a sword stuck in her back. While the police immediately make an arr...more
Ashley Yuan
Seriously this series deserves waaaaay more popularity because not joking it's amazing!!!
I didn't manage to get the second book but don't worry I'll be reading that soon!
Where should I start: it's funny, witty, sensible themes, cute, romantic, chock full of mystery seriously I want a t shirt right now that says "I love the charmed life series"
Unlike most YA books that usually always weave in sex and drugs etc this series keeps it all innocent and still entertains!
The romance between Bella and L...more
I can not tell you how ardently I admire and love this trilogy!

Eep the hilarity, romance, mystery, humor, family drama and everything else bursts to a close with a bang I will NOT forget! :D

I was so glad that Bella worked out her kinks and got over her trust issues. I admit it made a really great character flaw. :D

LUKE! I ADORE YOU!!! AAAGH. Bella is SO lucky. AND HE WRITES! Like me!

Okay seriously, RUTHIE is like THE BEST SIDEKICK EVER. She's probably like my FAV character. A bok in her POV...more
I would give this a 4.5. I thought the writing was really funny and the author totally writes what everyone is really thinking. Worth the read and would highly recommend it. The tension between the 2 main characters is very good. Don't be swayed away from reading based on the fact that it is young adult.
For a fantastic end to an amazing series, I present five star rating :)

In this book, Bella used her sleuth skills to find out the murderer of a member of a circus. She's supposed to stay out, but knowing her, she works to find out who the murderer is. Luke tries to help, but when an ex girlfriend comes into town, he also has to deal with those issues along with Bella. Lindy gets a boyfriend, but I was glad that she finally had the guts to break up with him and tell Matt what her true feelings ar...more
In the third book of The Charmed Life series, Bella finds herself involved in another crime as she finds the body of a carnival worker. Although the police quickly make an arrest, Bella isn't sure that they have the right guy. Bella and her sidekick Ruthie go undercover to find out some answers. On top of the crime solving, Bella must deal with her own insecurities about her relationship with Luke, whose old girlfriend is back in town and after Luke, and her father's upcoming wedding to a much y...more
In this final book in the Charmed Life series, Bella’s life is a little… difficult. Being forced to deal with her father’s upcoming marriage to a woman Bella has doubts about, not to mention the soon-to-be-stepmother’s evil little sister, is a big enough problem. Add to that her boyfriend’s ex being back in town, and the fact that she seems just a little too interested in Luke for Bella’s comfort. But, Bella is never happier than when she is using her sleuthing skills, so, in addition to all thi...more
Author: Jenny B. Jones
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59554-543-5
Genre: Inspirational/young adult

Everyone in Truman, Oklahoma is excited when the Fritz Family Carnival makes its annual appearance. Bella is assigned to write feature articles on some of the workers and her first interviewee is the ‘bearded lady”. But Bella barely gets in a cursory interview and a promise for more after the show. When she goes back later, the “Bearded lady” is dead, stabbed to deat...more
Jenny B. Jones ends The Charmed Life trilogy with another book that is IMPOSSIBLE to put down. Out of necessity (well, and a huge love of good fiction) I read dozens of books to present to fellow educators during summer in-service trainings. I also chat them to students during the school year. After introducing any Jone's book, it flies off the shelf - and stays off the shelf. I've learned to buy multiple copies because teens get a littllllle cross when they have to wait on a hot title.

So Over M...more
Pamela Hubbard
In this final installment of the drama of Bella's life, she once again finds herself embroiled in various mysteries and is in over her head. A traveling circus comes to town, but tragedy strikes as one of the performers is killed. Bella believes there is more to the story than meets the eye and takes a job as a clown to dig deeper. Once again, she finds her life is at risk and ignores the pleas of Luke (with whom her relationship drama continues to thrive) and her family to stay out of it. Meanw...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: We are back to join Bella and the gang for another adventure. We are reunited with Bella's family and her friends. And of course Luke. Dreamy sexy nerdy Luke. There is a carnival in town and of course a murder just has to happen. And Bella is right there investigating to find out what happen and who ended up doing the murdering. Theres also another storyline going on at the same time, a few actually. One, Bella thinks that her fathers soon to be wife is up to something, and not some...more
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Holy poop. Wooooooowwwwwwie. This book was amazing. This entire series was awesome, fantastic, remarkable, outstanding, marvelous, superb, and every other good thing you can say about something. Jenny B. Jones is definitely the latest of my favorite authors. She is one to look out for, guys.

Now that I've used all those adjectives, I'm not really sure how to go on. "Her writing was fantastic... wait I already used that word. Dang it." Well, I lov...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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SO OVER MY HEAD...that's exactly where Bella Kirkwood finds herself in the third CHARMED LIFE novel.

Before the story even gets going, Bella stumbles across a dead body. For those who have read either of the previous two books in the series, you will know that bad luck has a way of finding Bella. And Bella is the kind of girl who refuses to let that bad luck get the best of her.

But not only is there a dead body in her way, now there's a conniving ex-girlfrie...more
Nora St Laurent
I couldn’t wait for this review copy to arrive at my front door so I could read about Bella Kirkwood and her adventures in Oklahoma. So Over My Head starts two weeks after the Prom ended in the last book. Bella prides herself as being a Nancy Drew kind of gal. Fellow students seek her talents when they have a mystery to solve.

I couldn’t help but get the feeling I was watching a Scooby-doo episode as I read about Bella Kirkwood and Luke chase down possible suspects in a murder mystery at the circ...more
Bella Kirkwood, the Nancy Drew of Truman, Oklahoma, is back for another adventure. After all, Bella does have a way of sniffing out trouble—and finding herself in the middle of it. It starts off as a simple assignment of covering the Fritz Family Carnival for the newspaper, but when she finds Betty the Bearded Lady murdered in her trailer, things become a whole lot more interesting. Bella’s convinced that there’s some funny business going on with the Fritz Family Carnival, so she takes a job as...more
Loaded with snappy dialog and hilarious situations, So Over My Head was a good conclusion to the series. I didn't like Bella as much in this book as I did in the other two, but I was still rooting for her when she uncovered different things that needed to be exposed. That chick was still very stubborn, but always tried to do the right thing, and I had to admire that about her. She also had issues with men that made her afraid to trust. This was well done, and very realistic. I loved how she had...more
Kathryn  Cooper
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Another hilarious read in this super fun series. Bella found herself part of the circus... literally... LOL. She was so focused on solving a murder that happened at the circus that she decided to join up as a clown. Ruthie was a fun sidekick this time, but she came across ditzy unlike just tough in the other book. I liked the murder mystery part of the story. Definitely intriguing.

The relationship part of the story was annoying. I couldn't figure Luke out! What wa...more
I must say that this is one of the best books I've read, along with the other two books of this trilogy. In this book, I think some of the main themes are relationships and trust - with God, family and friends. When I read finish this book, I was able to relate what Jenny B. Jones' message to her readers. I've learned from reading this book. Thank you Jenny B. Jones. At first glance, this might just be any ordinary romance and crime-solving novel. But once you've read it cover to cover, you'd re...more
Jill Williamson
Review by Jill Williamson

Just when we all thought that Bella’s life was roses, things start to smell bad. While she’s on assignment, covering the circus that’s come to town, Bella discovers a dead body. The police make an arrest, but Bella is sure they’ve got the wrong guy. Then Bella catches her boyfriend kissing his ex! So she focuses on finding the real killer. Only problem, the real killer might be focusing on her!

Sigh. I love me a good Jenny B. Jones book. Yes I do. Here’s another wild tal...more
With sass, hilarity, and the spiritual gift of nosiness, there’s no one quite like Isabella Kirkwood. Not only has she escaped death on more than one occasion, but she solves the mystery and kicks bad-guy butt.
In So Over My Head Bella’s investigating circus shenanigans and her dad’s sketchy fiancé; not to mention having to deal with Luke’s ex-girlfriend on the prowl and an evil soon-to-be step-sister.
Will Bella, her faith, and her friends make it through?
Find out in Jenny B. Jones new Charme...more
i adored the first two books in this series! it was funny, un cliche, with plenty of action and romance! this book is still good but in my opinion not as good as the first two. First of all, it was a murder mystery. There were a couple creepy parts which i didnt really like. Mystery and chicklit i thought was a good combo but add in murder mystery? that just kinda clashed. Secondly, Bella got super bratty in this book. Usually shes flirty sassy and witty but i think it was just over the top in t...more
The whole premise of the book--that Luke and Bella had been dating but are now broken up--bothered me, especially because the reason they weren't together anymore got old. I was annoyed that all three books are spent on Luke and Bella trying to get together. And in between books 2 and 3, they were together for a period of time, but I was frustrated that we never got to know that relationship of the two of them together. I enjoyed the rest of the book though. I think Jones' greatest strength is h...more
Sad to see it end

funny, mystery, drama and romance all wrap up in one. The only thing I have bad to say is the series is over. I absolutely enjoyed these series and looking forward to reading more from the author. I love the books I have read so far.

Definitely the best in the installments! I love the rollercoaster of a relationship between Bella and Luke; Bella's sarcasm has me cracking up out loud (which is embarrassing when other people are in the room) and can I just say that Luke is absolutley dreamy?
I love these books and I was so disappointed that they came to an end but if good things have to come to a close, they should be amazing and Jenny went beyond that. There were so many twists and sub-plots in this book so it felt longer than...more
I FREAKING LOVE THIS SERIES!!! Really, one of my all time favorite. I'm a bit sad that the series had ended, because I've grown attached to every characters in this book. Luke *swoon*, Ruthie (my fave), Matt, Lindy, Mark, Dolly, Bella and her family. Even Hunter. Yeah, I'm probably the only one who's going to miss Hunter too.
I absolutely love everything related to this series. The suspense, the romance, the faith, the family, the friendship and definitely the comedy. *sighs* This book made me l...more
I could read 10 more books about Bella Kirkwood and her crazy adventures! Luke. Ah. What can I say? He's soooo swoon-worthy! Except for when he's all smug and arrogant. But I totally love Luke. And I love Ruthie! She is hilarious and adds so much to the book! I'm glad she and Bella got so close. I love characters like Ruthie and she helped to lighten up a really creepy mystery!

I love Bella so much (I know, I love everyone!). She's just awesome and spunky and adorable. I wish there were more boo...more
Stephanie Morrill
I love how everything Jenny B. Jones writes is bursting with personality. Even the dedications in her books are fun to read.

It felt like this book had more going on plot-wise than the previous two. Bella was balancing two mysteries, working undercover, dealing with murky family stuff both in Truman and New York, and sorting out her own trust/relationship issues. All these story lines were woven together skillfully. And I thought the "behind the scenes" stuff in this book were really fun. Though...more
I'm glad I picked up this series. It's not too heavily Christian fiction, and has all the action and romance to propel the story along. With this book, I felt like Bella and Luke fought a lot more, which usually was fine because they were kind of flirting as they did so (which still happened in this book) but I also didn't like the fighting as much because now that they're in a relationship, I didn't think it was as healthy, if that makes sense. The bad guys aren't high school students in this b...more
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Four-time Carol Award winner Jenny B. Jones writes Christian Fiction romance with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. 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...more
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“So you like it here in Truman?” I pull my eyes from the road and face my stepbrother. “I’m about to weird you out, so brace yourself.” “Nuh-uh. Don’t do it. Do notsay—” “I love you.” “Oh, man! Dude.” I start to giggle.” 3 likes
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