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Thursday, August 5, 2010

She's So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott

Released: May 25, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Rated: YA
Buy She's So Dead to Us here

When having money is all that matters, what happens when you lose it all? Perfect, picturesque Orchard Hill. It was the last thing Ally Ryan saw in the rear-view mirror as her mother drove them out of town and away from the shame of the scandal her father caused when his hedge fund went south and practically bankrupted all their friends -- friends that liked having trust funds and new cars, and that didn't like constant reminders that they had been swindled.

So it was adios, Orchard Hill. Thanks for nothing. Now, two years later, Ally's mother has landed a job back at the site of their downfall. So instead of Ally's new low-key, happy life, it'll be back into the snake pit with the likes of Shannen Moore and Hammond Ross. But then there's Jake Graydon. Handsome, wealthy, bored Jake Graydon. He moved to town after Ally left and knows nothing of her scandal, but does know that he likes her. And she likes him. So off into the sunset they can go, right? Too bad Jake's friends have a problem with his new crush since it would make Ally happy. And if anyone deserves to be unhappy, it's Ally Ryan. Ally was hoping to have left all the drama in the past, but some things just can't be forgotten. Isn't there more to life than money?

What I thought:

This is not my usual type of book, but I do have to say I enjoyed this alot. While most books that deal with high school stuff that isn't all that important, this has a plot that deals with a real issue. Money is what makes the world go round, sad but true. While we see some of the cattiness you would expect from high schoolers, the reason behind it is more than just 'I'm popular and you're not'.

And it is more than just the teens. It's the parents as well. I know it must happen but I was surprised that it was in this book, it seemed to make it more real when you had a parent attacking an outcasted member to try and gain more ground in the popular club.

I liked the alternating of narration. It was confusing at times, I had to go back to the chapter head a page before to remember which character I was following at two different points, but I enjoyed seeing the story told from both Jake and Ally.

This does have quite the cliffhanger, so it makes me happy there will be another (hopefully, I don't mind imagining for myself what could happen, but this leaves so many possibilities open for Scott). 

I gave it 5 stars!


Liz. R said...

Hmm, this isn't usually the type of book I read either, but I like the idea, and since you said it's not your usual popularity-high-school novel, I think I'll check it out. Thanks for the review!

Aimee said...

You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it if you pick it up!

Silvia said...

I has this book in my wishlist and really wanted to reas it but somehow I forgot about it :(! until now, that's it.
Thanks for the review, I was afraid this would be just another book about money and gossip but it seems it is different.


Jackie Noel said...

I really liked this book! I think it's her best yet! :)

Asel. said...

I was kind of iffy on getting this book so thanks for me giving me an insight on it.

Anonymous said...

I read the whole book in an hour and a half at the bookstore! It isn't the type of thing I'd read but I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. x

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