Friday, April 9, 2010

Book Review of She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott

I first read about She's So Dead to Us on the Simon & Schuster website and was so excited when I received a copy to review!

She's So Dead to Us
The blurb:
Home is where the hate is.

Ally Ryan would rather be in Maryland. She would rather be anywhere, in fact, than Orchard Hill, site of her downfall. Well, not hers exactly, but when your father's hedge fund goes south and all your friends lose their trust funds, things don't look so sunny for you. So her mother moved them away to flee the shame. But now they're moving back. Back to the country club, new car every year, family came over on the Mayflower lifestyle that Ally has outgrown. But there are bright sides. Like gorgeous Jake Graydon. Ally and Jake instantly like each other, but it won't be easy for them to be together -- not if his friends (her former friends) have anything to say about it. Is Ally ready to get thrown back into the drama of the life she left behind?

She's So Dead to Us is a thoroughly fun read! Ally Ryan has had to move out of her mansion on "the Crest" in disgrace. When her family slunk out of their house to avoid creditors, she never had a chance to say goodbye to her friends. Now that she's moving back to her old town, even though she knows that things have changed, she's hoping that her friends will look beyond her father's actions and see her for the person that she's always been.

Things aren't that simple - and as the title of the book suggests, Ally Ryan's status has markedly changed. Fortunately, she's retained her sense of humor, her biting wit, sense of self, amazing physical prowess, and good looks. Ally Ryan poor still attracts the boys' attention just as she always did - but this time the rich boys aren't willing to be seen with her.

Ally makes her own way and forces everyone to take her on her own terms. Though Ally sometimes wishes that the gorgeous soccer star Jake Graydon would get a spine, the back and forth between Ally and Jake works. I shared Ally's impatience with Jake, but the book is a fun read. I was rooting for Ally from the start - and thoroughly enjoyed that she lived up to her potential! I found the ending a little abrupt - it seems like She's So Dead to Us must have a sequel. I certainly want to find out what happens with Ally, Jake - and Ally's parents!

ISBN-10: 1416999515 - Hardcover $16.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (May 25, 2010), 288 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
Kieran Scott is the author of the Non-Blonde Cheerleader series. She also writes the Private and Privilege series under the pen name Kate Brian. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.

Thanks so much to Lucille and Simon and Schuster for this review opportunity!

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