Sunday, April 25, 2010

Book Review: "So Over My Head"

I was so excited to finally get my hands on this book! I picked it up Thursday at the local Christian bookstore. It's "So Over My Head," by Jenny B. Jones.

So this is the third book in the "Charmed Life" series. These books are about Bella Kirkwood, a New York girl who's getting pretty comfortable with her new life in Truman, Oklahoma. I wrote a tiny bit about the first two books here. Bella has a talent for nosiness and solving crime (with her amazing, hilarious sidekick Ruthie), and this time the story revolves around a suspicious, sinister murder at the Fritz Family Carnival that's camped out in town. Oh, and there's also the weird behavior of Christina, her dad's fiancee (that Bella has to investigate in order to stop the upcoming wedding), the tension between her mom and stepdad, who is superbusy and gone most of the time with his wrestling career, and some major jealousy and confusion in her relationship with the handsome, annoying Luke.

To sum this book up in a few words:
Murder. Ice cream. Trapeze acts. Eavesdropping. Fire. A VW Bug (okay, so I'm partial to them). A collie named Peg Aurora Smith. A sidekick manual. A map and a riddle. Ice cream. A vicious ex-girlfriend. A pink flashlight. Feathers. A weird guy named after a pasta dish. A wedding (or not?). Ice cream. Clown wigs and a unicycle ballet.

If that doesn't have you interested, then I don't know what will. I loved this book. Probably more so than even the first two- I am so attached to the characters by this point. The book was so hilarious and far-fetched. I have absolutely no critical thinking/crime-solving abilities, so I live out my detective fantasies through Bella. I could not put this book down until I found out how things turned out. For crying out loud, I cried at the end. Does that make me a complete nerd? Don't answer that question- just read the book. I also really liked the "All Access" feature...there were little asterisks scattered through the books that referred to notes in the back, with little fun facts about Jenny B. Jones. I really recommend "So Over My Head."

If you can't get your hands on the book right now (you really should read the other two first), you can still head over to Jenny B. Jones' blog, which is just as funny as her books.

Until next time,


  1. I love books about Christ because it helps me to feel closer to him but I was sort of disappointed because it barely mentioned him. I still loved the book but I need to take a break from these types of books and pick up my Bible more often.

  2. Oh my gosh, I just realized I didn't capitalize Him!!!! so sorry!


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