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So Not Happening

Greetings from the world of stage makeup and sweat! Today was the first day of our drama tech week, and I am very tired. They sent us home early today (because they only really needed the techy people for tonight, and I am not a techy person), so I figured this would be my only chance to post anything. So, excuse my absence from everything this week. :) Thank you.
First Line: One year ago my mom got traded in for a newer model.

About: 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? (goodreads)

Author: Jenny B. Jones

Pages: 330

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Review: I don't like to read Christian books, be it for teens or adults. I just usually find it annoying, overly cliched and hardly done well at all. It feels like the authors force their books into being a Christian story, because they are Christians, so shouldn't their book be too? I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just not my style.

I had heard several good things about So Not Happening, and, despite my oath not to read too much Christian fiction, I saw this book at the library and had to check it out.


I kind of loved it.

Bella's voice was sooo well done and uber funny. She was an absolute brat, but you found yourself rooting for her even in her most ridiculous state. And all the other characters were fabulous. I loved them all!

I literally could not put this book down, which is kind of rare for me. I usually don't like to skip school to read a book (even though I wish I could more, it would look bad on the homeschool community), I had to make an exception for this. It was just a really nice read.

It was funny, suspenseful, and all out, a great read.

There were a couple of weird things. Nothing too bad, just a couple things that didn't seem realistic to me.

Like the bar place for teenagers that Bella and her New York friends hung out at, that sold fancy sodas instead of alcohol... while I wish with all of my little heart that a place like that could be real, I highly doubt it. And the fact that like all of the people Bella meets are Christians... it seems just a little far fetched.

But for a Christian book, I really enjoyed it. It didn't feel like the author was shoving the Bible down the reader's throat. Even being a Christian myself, that can ruin a book for me. This book just sort of had a nice glaze of Christian stuff in it that I loved.

If you are looking for a nice, refreshing, clean book, I would highly recommend this one. :)

Romance: I actually kind of loved the romance in this (you won't hear me say that much, believe me). A couple kisses, but nothing bad.

Violence: There is a bit here and there, be warned if you aren't into violence.

Recommended Age: I'd say 11-12+


Five apples, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. :)

1 comment

  1. Awesome! I'll try to remember to put this on my reading list :) It sounds so fun.

    And I agree: Christianity + fiction is often not a good combination; the author either "shoves it down one's throat"--like you said--or treats Christianity in a lukewarm manner. Sigh--it's tough :)

    walking in the air.