A Better Peek at I’m So Sure

Congrats to the winners of The Miracle Girls series: Bethany, Joy, and AJ. Guys, just email me (jen at jennybjones dot com) and send me your mailing address. Congratulations!

You know whenever authors give sneak peeks of books, it’s always chapter one. How boring and predictable is that? Sometimes nothing even happens in chapter one! So today to celebrate the release of I’m So Sure, I’m having a little contest and also showing you a chapter from the MIDDLE of the book. (Wow…)

Okay, so this week’s contest. To be the oh-so-lucky winner of a copy of I’m So Sure, you must answer the following question: What is a movie you could watch over and over? Before you answer, think about it. Because this isn’t necessarily your favorite movie. The movie I could watch over and over right now (it changes) is Nacho Libre. I can also watch The Holiday multiple times without wanting to yack on my own shoes. But these are not quite my favorite movies. (But very close.)  You have until this Friday to leave a comment with your answer. Friday night at 6:51:23 pm. Can’t wait to hear your answers.

I’m So Sure, Chapter 14

I slow my skates. “Look, Luke, I’ve had a hard day of slinging tacos. Why don’t you find your girlfriend and talk to her?”

That annoying smile returns to his face. The one he always gets when I mention Taylor the Genius Girlfriend. “She just left to meet some friends.”

I return to ignoring him. Doesn’t the Bible say if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all? No, wait. Not the Bible. My mom? The fortune cookie I ate last week?

“Bella.” Luke’s hand on my arm stops us both.

Couples swish around us as I study Luke’s face. There’s something there I can’t define.

“I’m not mad at you, Luke. I just wanted some time to skate.” I stare up at the sky and let the flakes collection my lashes. “This makes me miss Manhattan, and I want it soak it all up.”

“I saw you talking to Anna.”

“You could’ve told me you were working with Budge and the police.”

He runs a hand through his black hair. “This isn’t your mystery to solve.”

“She asked me to clear her name.”

“I should think that car running us off the road would be enough motivation for you to stay out of it.”

“What, so you can be in danger, but I can’t?”

“You almost got killed the last time you stuck your nose in something here at Truman High.”

“Luke Sullivan…I think you’re worried about me.” Now it’s my turn for the sly grin.

His face is impassive. “You have a new assignment for the paper. I want you to interview sophomore Tracey Sniveley. She was student of the month.”

“No! You’re just trying to weasel me out of the missing funds story. Besides, Tracey Sniveley is that girl who has like thirty cats. And she smells like yams.”

“I’m the editor, and right now we have no missing funds story. And last time I checked, we still had a paper to publish.”

“Don’t shut me out of this. Anna came to me to clear her name. Ruthie came to me to get to the bottom of this. Not you.”

He pulls us to the side of the rink. “Ruthie McGee? What does she have to do with this?”

“Oh, gee. I’m sorry. But that’s something I’m working on all by myself.” I bat my lashes. “Can’t tell you.”

I skate away and rejoin Lindy and Matt. Since they aren’t in the throes of one big make-out session, I assume that Lindy didn’t declare her true feelings to her BFF, and Matt didn’t tell Lindy she’s the milk in his Cheerios.

An hour later, much of the crowd has gone home. I say goodbye to my friends, grab my purse, and walk to my car.

The Bug glistens with a diamond frost, and as I stick my key in the door, I notice it’s unlocked.

That’s funny. I always lock it. no, this isn’t the backstreets of New York where they’ll strip your car down to the caps, but still, a girl has to be careful

Suddenly I’m ery aware of how alone I am out in the gravel parking lot. Just me and a few cars.

I quickly open the door, and there on the seat is a piece of pink paper. The type is in a jagged font.

Bella, I’m warning you to mind your own business. I’d hate to see you get caught in the path of what I want. Nothing will stop me–not even you.

A chill snakes down my spine.

And a hand settles on my shoulder.

I scream into the night air and jump straight up, my hands slapping out. “Back off! I know Pilates!”

“Bella.” Luke grabs my hands and pins them to his chest. “Bella!”

I melt into him and sigh in relief. “I totally knew it was you. I did.” Raising my head, I step back and put some distance between us. “What are you doing out here? I thought you’d left.”

His forehead wrinkles. “I was talking to some friends when I saw you walk off by yourself. Thought I’d make sure you got to your car okay.” His blue eyes zone in on the note. He takes it from me, and I notice my hands are shaking. So much for acting unaffected.

“How many of these have you received?” His gruff voice is like sandpaper to my nerves.

I snatch the note back. “I’m not feeding you any more information just so you can cut me out and get the story for yourself.”

“An answer, Bella.”
“Fine.” Why are boys so annoying? “This is the first. But it’s none of your concern.”

Luke’s fingers latch onto my shoulder again. “You’re my concern.”

I’m pulled in by the intensity of his eyes. He draws me closer to him, and my hands rest on his jacket.

His eyes drop to my lips.

I hold my breath, afraid to move.

Afraid he’s going to kiss me.

Terrified he’s not. . .


Oops! I’m sorry, but that’s all the time we have for today. But get in the running for this week’s giveaway so you can read the rest yourself. Or of course, you can pick up a copy today anywhere books are sold. Except for garage sales. And Goodwill. (But give it a few weeks…)

Have a great week!



  1. Anna says

    The movies I could watch over and over are:

    sweet home alabama – i can never get tired of it. reese witherspoon is amazing and i love the homey comfortable feel of the movie. Not too mention patrick dempsey and josh lucas are HOT!

    mean girls – it depicts high school in a funny way. i can quote that movie for days. it will just make me laugh no matter how many times i’ve seen it.

  2. Colene says

    umm 2 wasnt bad. 3…i refuse to even give a chance. i mean it could be the best movie since Harry and the Hendersons but it could just ruin my opinion of Brendan Frasier forever too.

  3. Maha says

    The movie I could watch over and over again (esp during the holiday season) is While You Were Sleeping. It’s cheesy but really cute and heartwarming. I also love Miss Congenality (sp?). Aah.. those old Sandra Bullock movies… she needs to make more of them.

    Oh yes and I agree with the Pirates of the Carribean.. but im on team-depp.. jack sparrow! 😀

  4. Lindsay says

    oops, I accidently e-mailed you my answer, then realized we’re supposed to comment..oh well!
    So, in 5th grade every quarter we had to do a book report, and I would spend hours creating a poster for my oral presentations. While I made these posters, I would sit on the floor of our family room and watch Freaky Friday, the newer version with Lindsay Lohan. I don’t know why this helped me work, but I would replay it over and over until my project was finished. Another is the old version of Yours, Mine, and Ours. I love the part where it shows everyone getting ready in the morning, and they have to use like, 4 dozen eggs for breakfast.

  5. Cassidy says

    Must not read middle of book! LoL I don’t wanna read the middle of the book yet, because I am way planning on getting this book, and I don’t wanna spoil anything! So please enter me in the contest! I would love to have this book!
    Anyway. I could watch several movies over and over. So I’ll just name a few (in no particular order). Marley & Me; Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer; Bride Wars; Evan Almighty; and Are We Done Yet.
    I love those movies = )

  6. Liana says

    a movie i could watch over and over again…. i would be able to watch by far, pride and prejudice over and over. the reason is because not only is it so long (and i watched the new version first so weirdly i like it better) and not only is the scenery and music so amazing i could never grow bored of it. All time favourite.

  7. says

    The movie that hooks me EVERY time it is on is….”Happy Feet!” I just cannot resist that rhythmic little tall, cute penguin!!

  8. Jennifer says

    Ratatouille first-cause I want to go to France, and themusic is fun. And yes, I’m going to have to put White Christmas. Usually I wait to Thanksgiving to watch it, but couldn’t wait, watched it this week!

  9. hannah says

    A movie that I love to watch is probably Love Comes Softly. It’s a series, but that movie is my favorite. It’s so romantic and makes me feel happy inside! :)

  10. tammy says

    Yay giveaway time :) Goodness thats a hard question I have so many movies that I like, but I would have to say that I could watch a movie called Ever After, its with Drew Berrymore, I love her so yeah I love that movie alot :)

  11. Jenny B. Jones says

    LOVE the suggestions, guys! And Maha, I LOVE LOVE LOVE While You Were Sleeping. I agree–we need sooo many more romantic comedies like that.

  12. Sam Harris says

    A movie I could watch over and over again is Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Madagascar 2, and the Princess Bride. Those and the Mission Impossible movies. <3
    I absolutely LOVE the Indiana Jones movies too!!!

    God Bless,


  13. Sarah Stewart says

    A movie I could watch over and over and over would be “princess and the bride”. I have memorized that one.
    Me and my cousin have our breath taken away when we see Wesley’s gorgeous blue eyes… Ahhh… Supence and romance movies/books are my thing. ROUS= rodents of unusal size! alright, enough of my ranting. BYE:)

  14. zahra says

    a movie i would watch over and over is Mean girls. I watchedover 20 times and have most i the lines memorized. and i thought it was one of lindseys best movies.

  15. Madison says

    A movie I could watch a million times is the new movie To Save a Life… It’s a christian movie and it’s really impowering and makes you feel like your not living your life to the fullest!!! It’s amazing!! I could watch it EVERY night!!!!!!!

  16. says

    hi my name is yashica and im 11 years old and live in australia ive so far read so not happening and im so sure and can’t wait to read so over my head.I really love your books and hope you write more books since their really great.

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