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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?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. How does pride get in the way of Bella's picture of the "ideal" life? What are the events that humble her? Can you think of a time in your life when you learned a lesson through a humbling event?
     
  2. Bella finds out she has a God-given talent for writing. What are your talents? How could you use your gifts for God? How could Bella? Just for fun, imagine if you could have any talent in the world, what would it be?
     
  3. What would your advice be to Bella so she doesn't date a "Hunter" again?
     
  4. Bella has a hard adjustment to make when she leaves her life in Manhattan for Truman, Oklahoma. What are some things she could have prayed for in order to prepare for that difficult change?
     
  5. Bella does not come from a perfect family. Do you relate to that at all? What are some ways God sometimes challenges us with family issues?
     
  6. Materialism is an idea that pops up a lot in this novel. Even if you're not rich as a rock star, this can be a trap. In what ways was Bella materialistic? Now look at your own life. Do you have this in common with Bella?
     
  7. Unlike Bella, Hunter is not a Christian. What are the dangers of dating a nonbeliever in your life? How did this not work out for Bella?
     
  8. Bella often rebels against her mother's instruction. Why? Can you relate to this at all? (And who doesn't!)
     
  9. Bella meets her friend Lindy by helping her out. Is it hard for you to meet new friends?
     
  10. Bella found she had drifted away from the Lord. How do you think this happened? What are the reasons we sometimes get inconsistent with our time with God?
     
  11. What kind of a role does our attitude play in being open to new opportunities?
     
  12. One theme for the book is “things are not always what they seem.” Can you describe the numerous ways this is evident in the book? What’s the danger of taking things at face value?
     
  13. A great verse to go along with Bella's life would be Jeremiah 29:11 which says: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." How is this verse relevant to the book, as well as your own life?
     

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Great, easy read! March 26, 2012

I love this book! My favorite in the Charmed Life series. Lots of totally memorable, quirky quotes, and a bit outlandish, though awesomely can't-put-down and laugh-out-loud plot.

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So Not Happening, Jenny B. Jones
  • So Not Happening, Jenny B. Jones

Details

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?

More Information

Length 336 Pages
Series The Charmed Life
Publication Date May 5, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595545417
ISBN-13 9781595545411
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"