May 2, 2010

She's So Dead To Us (Kieran Scott) Review

Book received from Around the World Tours

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (May 25, 2010)
Hardcover: 288 pages
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? (Source)

SHE'S SO DEAD TO US, by Kieran Scott, was a fabulous tale of riches to rags and the social suicide that transpires. The shame and devastation in the wake of a tragic mistake puts Ally in the war-path of the wealthy and powerful people of Orchard Hill, can she survive unscathed?

This book was a typical rich versus poor high school story. But the difference is that our heroine has been on both sides of the fence, and after being out of the game for two years she discovers all the rules have changed. I typically dislike the high school brats versus the innocent but this book had a different flavor that I enjoyed. Ally Ryan used to be rich and popular so she was aware of the personalities of those who shunned her. These girls have since stepped up their game which left Ally trailing behind without a clue of what to expect next. Shannen, Faith, and Chloe were absolutely ruthless and brutal to those outside their clique. They held themselves so high above the rest (no thanks to their equally pretentious parents) but held more secrets and scandals then anyone. These girls stopped at nothing to get back at Ally for what her father did, which made them vicious opponents for an already broken girl.

I have great admiration for Ally. Although she had to fight each day against the Cresties, she still tried to make her high school years somewhat bearable by participating in activities she truly loved. But her constant downfall was the determination to become what she used to be, even though it proved time and time again to be impossible. A certain phrase comes to mind in her situation, 'Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.'

I had conflicting emotions for Jake Graydon throughout the book. Of course I fell for the typical popular hottie situation right off the bat, but there were times that his reputation got in the way of how he thought he should feel and I wanted to knock some sense into him! With the different POVs throughout the book we were able to take a deeper look into the mind of Jake as well as Ally. He was a man of two faces and I appreciated the different approach that Scott took to this character.

The cover of this book was subtle and thoughtful. The pearl necklace intact represents higher society, but with it breaking apart shows the disconnect that Ally experiences in the return to her hometown.

Overall, this story was engaging and fun! The only downfall is the massive cliffhanger which left me yearning for more, stay tuned for the sequel!

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