I’m So Sure

Monday, March 21, 2011
“This is so ridiculous. Those cameras – they’re everywhere. I had no idea!” I feel so violated. So exposed. “This isn’t fair! Can’t we do something about this?”

Book: I’m So Sure by Jenny B. Jones, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009
I'm So Sure (The Charmed Life) 
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 13-17
Subjects:  Dating Relationships, Trust, Friendships, Family Relationships
Summary: If Bella thought life was bad before, it’s horrendous now. Her whole life is being exposed to the world. Her step-dad is succeeding at his wrestling and won a place on a reality tv show – that films the family as much as the wrestler. Not only that, but her latest project on the newspaper requires her to get a job. Her attempts at that are failing miserably.  At the taco restaurant she accidentally starts a food fight. At the farm she stumbles and falls in manure. At the paper factory, the machine starts running double time, spitting out things so fast she gets buried in them and gets the sticky parts of them stuck to her face. And the cameras are right there to capture all of it. Then to make things even more confusing, her ex-boyfriend from New York randomly shows up in Oklahoma claiming he has a serious disease and wants to make amends. The mystery of the book involves a race for prom queen. Someone is sabotaging the candidates and as usual, Bella’s curiosity puts her in serious danger.
Notes: This book is the second in a trilogy about a young teenager who goes from being spoiled rotten to having parents that truly parent – resulting in a major shift of lifestyle for her. Everything that she has taken for granted is now gone. The spiritual theme is forgiveness and wisdom. Bella recognizes that she needs to forgive those who have hurt her, but at the same time, those around her are encouraging her to use caution in opening herself back up to the same hurt again. There is also a lot of bathroom humor throughout the series. There isn’t much vocabulary held back in these books.
Recommendation Scale: 2/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


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