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She's So Dead to Us (The He's So/She's So Trilogy) Paperback – April 26, 2011
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Grade 9 Up—Mean-girl socialites are an overworked plot device, but this book deftly explores peer pressure, grudges, and decency. Ally shares the narrative with Jake, the desirable boy who moves into her old luxury home. She and her parents left ritzy Orchard Hill when an investment that her beloved father made turned sour. Unfortunately, he also lost money for other families in their tight clique. Soon afterward, he disappeared from Ally's life. Now she and her mom have moved back to their old neighborhood, but into a cheap condo, and find they are personae non grata to those they loved and trusted. Jake, who's been accepted by the "Cresties," falls for Ally, prompting pranks from his jealous "best friend," Shannen. Ally, who's made friends with other "Norms," is thrust back into hostile territory by their relationship. To complicate matters, she feels guilty about making out with her former friend's steady. Chloe doesn't know and has stayed neutral. Shannen, however, is ready to bare all secrets, including something devastating to Ally. The story ends with Ally's father appearing on her doorstep, so there is sure to be a sequel.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Scott (I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader, 2005) once again tackles the painful subject of cliques. Sixteen-year-old basketball star Ally Ryan and her parents fled their exclusive community 18 months ago after Mr. Ryan’s bad business deals annihilated their personal fortune. Now, Mrs. Ryan’s gotten a teaching job at Ally’s former high school, so she and Ally return (minus Mr. Ryan, who deserted the family) to Orchard Hill. Ally can’t resist checking out their old mansion, and she finds handsome soccer star Jake has moved into her bedroom and the exclusive clique she’d grown up with. In alternating chapters, narrators Ally and Jake confess their powerhouse attraction to one another, while Ally’s former and Jake’s current crew plans and carries out cruel jokes to humiliate Ally and her mother. Plenty of nongratuitous profanity peppers the realistic dialogue, and subtlety is in short supply. However, Scott knows how to set a hook, and the fast pace will pull readers in for an entertaining (if didactic) read. The surprising, unresolved ending points to a sequel. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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 have actually never read anything by Kieran Scott except some books written under her pseudonym Kate Brian. I was a huge fan of how Scott/Brian was able make high school drama so addicting in her Private series, and I'm so glad this skill translated in She's So Dead to Us. The strongest aspect of this novel is by far the characters. Alternate first person narrations from both Ally's and Jake's points of view give the reader great insight into these characters' minds. I got to know everything about Ally and Jake, including their most secret desires, their tentative hopes and fears, and all of their innermost thoughts. As a result, Ally and Jake feel incredibly realistic, and even if they're not always likable, it's always easy to understand their motives. Therefore, even though I wanted to yell at these characters from time to time because their reactions to the situations forced upon them were sometimes so frustrating, I had to keep reading because I wanted so badly for them to succeed in at least something. In all, She's So Dead to Us is undeniably a very juicy read, but one that also has substantive characters in realistic situations, and it's not just because of the huge cliffhanger that I'm dying to catch the sequel in He's So Not Worth It.
She's So Dead to Us appeals to fans of the Private series by Kate Brian and The Elite series by Jennifer Banash.
There are many reasons I love this book and one of them is the main male protagonist Jake, I like Ally too, but Jake is just.... He is one of those guys in a perpetually amused state, which I love in a guy. He's also not your typical main man. He's not brooding or dark, he's just a real guy who thinks about hot girls and how to get with them. In any other book, he would be the guy the main girl should not end up with. But as you read from his point of view (another plus of the book alternating narrators) you see how much he cares for Ally. Sweet, sad Ally who is down to earth and love sports. It's not hard to relate to her.
As if Ally and Jake weren't already completely amazing characters, you can't help but love the rest of the Cresties and Norms! Even the secondary characters are well developed and Scott tells you about their past without getting bogged down in the details. Time passes quickly in the story and it's not too rushed either. I really liked the pacing. And the ending! Kieran knows how to leave a reader wanting more. This series has made Kieran Scott's books an auto-buy from now on.
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