Thank you, Jenny B. Jones, for Bella, a realistic, three-dimensional character who also happens to
be a great role model. Bella, like real people, has faults, and like real people, she is mostly blind to them. The reader feels a little like God must when we see her fumbling her way through the obstacles of life. As a shallow shopaholic, being forced to leave her cushy life in New York for a new one in rural Oklahoma seems like the worst possible thing that could ever happen to her. But she soon finds it could be—and is—a lot worse.
But through all her trials and tribulations, Bella is fabulously funny and smart alecky (although without the overdone cynicism of so many teen story heroes). Bella grows beyond the shallow person she was, into a courageous and determined investigative reporter for her new high school paper. Together with her handsome editor, she uncovers the dark secrets circulating through Truman High School. And she doesn’t forget to ask God for help, which comes (like in real life) not exactly how she imagined.
Note to self: Read more Jenny B. Jones books.
Note to self: Write characters like Bella.
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