A Charming Read: Book Review of A Charmed Life by Jenny B. Jones

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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, Broadway in her backyard, Daddy’s credit card. Then her father decided to trade in her mother for a newer model. After that, her mom fell in love with a man she met on the Internet and moved the family to Truman, Oklahoma. To a farm no less!


But that’s just the beginning of Bella’s problems. Her semi-pro-wrestler stepdad signs up the family for a reality TV show. As if having a camera crew follow her around isn’t bad enough, Bella discovers a conspiracy against the Truman High prom queen candidates.


And that’s before the arrival of the Fritz Family Carnival with its creepy clown.


Bella is one skinny-mocha frappe away from a total meltdown. How can a girl go on when her charmed life is gone and God appears to be giving her the total smack down?

My Review: A Charmed Life is a funny story about a girl who is in the last place she expected (and wanted!) to be.


Jenny B. Jones is full of wit, sarcasm, and humor. This is an uplifting and relatable story about Bella, a girl who ends up in the most unexpected situations…and how she deals with them.


Even though I haven’t been in most (maybe not any at all?) of the situations Bella ends up in, I enjoyed Jenny B. Jones’s writing immensely. She made me actually want to laugh out loud—books can amuse me, but actually making me smile or laugh is rare.


Bella overcomes many things: a move, a new family, and figuring out who she wants to be. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves unique and silly characters!




Naomi Downing – Column: Book Reviews

Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at www.homeschoolingteen.com, and blogs somewhat sporadically at www.naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.