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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

So Not Happening...Review

About the book:
New York's social darling Isabella Kirkwood just woke up in a nightmare: Oklahoma.

Isabella Kirkwood had it all: popularity at a prestigious private school in Manhattan, the latest fashions, and a life of privilege and luxury. Then her father, a plastic surgeon to the stars, decided to trade her mother in for a newer model.

When her mother starts over with her new husband, Bella is forced to pack up and leave all she knows to live with her new family in Oklahoma. Before her mother can even say "I do," Bella's life becomes a major "don't."

Can Bella survive her crazy new family? Will the school survive Bella? How can a girl go on when her charmed life is gone and God gives her the total smackdown?

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 lives on a farm, but his two bratty sons, and a down-home country lifestyle with no credit cards and no more Marc Jacobs purses.

Her first attempts at making new friends backfire, but she soon finds her place and a job with the school newspaper. She learns to trust a little more in God and along the way has some very funny adventures.

Jenny B. Jones has crafted a really delightful story. While the characters are a bit stereotyped, they are certainly likeable. The issues of divorce and remarriage and how they affect children are real and believable. Bella is fun, and parts of the story were laugh out loud funny.

An easy, light read, easily recommended for teenage girls. I look forward to the sequel.

Thanks to First Wild Card and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to review this. You can read the first chapter here. You can find out more about Jenny B. Jones here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 4/09

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3/5 Stars


  1. Hi Holly. Great review! I typically enjoy teen books, but if the author hadn't nailed Bella's voice and laugh-out-loud humor, I don't think I would have enjoyed the story.

  2. I also enjoyed this book, but I love YA! :)

  3. This book sounds delightful. I will have to find one and read it.

  4. I don't usually read many YA books, but this one sounds really cute.

  5. Your review got me to look more into this book and I added it to my TBR (again).

    You can read about it at my Friday Finds post here and link up to see all the other great Friday Finds meme posts, if you don't already.