Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review-She's So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott

She's So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott

Release Date: May 25, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 290
Source: Library
Series: He's So/She's So Trilogy #1

Rating from A+ to F: A


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?


I wasn't expecting much out of this book, it was just a book I had picked up at the library, and was interested in because of the cover. But, as soon as I started reading it, it drew me right in. I really liked the way the book was formatted: starting with a month and a little gossip: which kind of gives you a glimpse of what might happen in the chapter. The chapters are narrated by Ally, the main character, and Jake.

Jake. At first, he seemed to me like an ordinary rich kid: stuck-up, popular, and obnoxious. But, as I kept reading, Jake seemed like a normal boy, but acts like a rich teenager. He really grew on me as the book progressed, and I became more interested in the love life of Ally and Jake. I felt bad for Ally: her old friends weren't interested in her anymore after what her father did, but then she gained a few more friends, not the popular group, or the "Cresties," but the normal group of teens, the "Norms." It was fascinating to see that Jake was interested in Ally, even though she was a Norm now. He would stick up for her when her friends were playing pranks on Ally...or at least didn't take part in it. At first, he was scared to talk to Ally, afraid his friends wouldn't want to hang out with him anymore because of it. But, by the end of the book, Jake didn't care what his friends thought.

The ending of the book was surprising, and made me want to know what happens next. And, I mean I was obsessed...looking up when the sequel comes out, He's So Not Worth It, (by the way it comes out June 7th), and marking down that I HAVE to get it! I don't think any teen readers will be disappointed in this book. 

1. Plot: 17 out of 20 points. At some times, I was a little confused with the plot and events in the book, but I still thought it was a very good plot and these were very few times! 
2. Characters: 13 out of 15 points. I thought the characters were pretty well developed! 
3. Writing: 20 out of 20 points. Kieran Scott is a very good writer and I loved the way she wrote this book! 
4. Creativity: 15 out of 15 points. I thought how she would put a month with some gossip at the beginning of a chapter, was very creative and I loved it! 
5. Originality: 9 out of 10 points. This book is pretty original, and there aren't many other books with a plot like this. 
6. Ending- 15 out of 15 points. Very good ending and can't wait to read the next book in the series! 
7. Cover- 5 out of 5 points. Love the cover! 
Equals: 94! 

Mild/Excessive Cursing
Mild/Excessive Sexual Content
Drug/Alcohol Use


Kieran Scott is a young adult author who was born, bred and still resides in New Jersey along with her husband Matt and her two-year-old son. A graduate of Rutgers University with a double-major in English and Journalism, Kieran worked as a YA editor for several years before striking out on her own as a writer. Her first hardcover novel, Jingle Boy (Delacorte Press), was published in 2002. Her next book, I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2005) was an ALA Quick Pick, an NYPL Book for the Teen Age, and was featured on the Texas Library Association’s TAYSHAS Reading List for 2006-2007. The book spawned two sequels,Brunettes Strike Back (2006), and A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love(2007). Kieran’s fifth hardcover novel, Geek Magnet, was published by Putnam in 2008. She’s So Dead to Us, the first volume of her new trilogy about friendship, love and the things that really matter, was released in May 2010 from Simon and Schuster.

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