Posted in Contemporary, Young Adult

Jenny B. Jones’s The Charmed Life

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There are three boooks in this series.

So Not Happening – New York’s social darling just woke up in a nightmare: Oklahoma. Bella had it all. Then her father decided to trade her mother in for a newer model. When her mom falls in love with a man she met on the Internet, Bella has to move in with her new family in Truman, Oklahoma. On a farm no less! How can a girl go on when her charmed life is gone and God appears to be giving her the total smack down?

I’m So Sure – Think you’re having a rough week? Bella’s stepdad just signed the family up for a reality TV show. As if having a camera crew following her around isn’t bad enough, Bella discovers a conspiracy against the prom queen candidates. Denying allegations of a love triangle, working to solve the prom queen mystery, and trying to keep her cool on national television finally motivate Bella to start talking—and listening—to God more.

So Over My Head – 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 carnival arrives in
Truman, Bella’s reporter instincts tell her the bright lights hide more than they reveal. Her suspicions are confirmed when one of the stars is murdered. Is God sending her a message in all of this madness? With a murderer on the loose and her boyfriend’s ex on the prowl, this undercover clown has never had more to juggle.

Review

Jenny B Jones’ books are the first set of YA I began reading when I realized they might actually be good. It started with my little sis’s birthday. I thought that I would buy her a Christian YA set of books to read. I did. But then I decided to read them first before I wrapped them…and then I decided to buy her shoes. Love this series! It’s so hilarious! Bella is a fun character that you can’t help but like, and Luke? What a great male role. Ms. Jones manages to deal with teenage problems and feelings with divorce, relationship break-up, and a distant father, in a great way. I love that her teens are not that complicated, maybe because I don’t remember being a teenager as having extra complications in life. Idk. The only drawback is that the mysteries have Bella doing some things I don’t quite think teens would do, but it works, so I’m good. Spiritually, Bella has to learn that God’s way of doing things is not our way and that God isn’t like our natural father. He’s better.

Ms. Jones has another series and another stand alone: A Katie Parker Production and There You’ll find Me. I recommend those series/book as well, The Charmed Life is simply my favorite. Highly Recommended!

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