So Not Happening

Monday, March 21, 2011
When lunch comes, I’m praying for the rapture. A lighting bolt to take my out. A plague of locusts to carry me off. But the only catastrophic occurrence is that the whole school knows – even the cafeteria lady.

Book: So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009
So Not Happening (The Charmed Life) 
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 13-18
Subjects: Pride, Family Relationships, Friendship
Summary: Banished from New York to the middle of nowhere. Going from private boarding school to small public school. Credit cards to be maxed out whenever she pleases to no cash unless she gets a job. Popularity, friends, boyfriend to despised. Bella has no doubt whatsoever that her life is over. When her dad “traded in” her mom for a “newer model”, her mom found someone new of her own – a wanna be wrestler who works in a paper factory in Oklahoma where he lives with his two sons – her new stepbrothers. When she gets sent to work on the school newspaper, her first assignment – sitting in the school dumpster – leads to some information about some supposed “accidents” from a year ago that may not have been accidents. Her knowledge puts her very life in danger, adding even more drama to her new life.
Notes: This book is the first in a trilogy about a 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 kind of learning to trust God even when she doesn’t get everything she wants, but it isn’t real prevalent. Mostly it’s just a drama of Bella’s life. 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

Romans 12:3 – For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.


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