October 6, 2012
She's So Dead to Us - Kieran Scott
Author: Kieran Scott
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
From goodreads.com: 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. Her mother moved her to Maryland to flee the shame, but now they’re moving back. Back to the country-club, new-car-every-year, my-family-came-over-on-the-Mayflower lifestyle that Ally has outgrown. One bright spot, however, is gorgeous, intense Jake Graydon. But it won’t be easy for the two of 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?
Before this series it had been a while since I had read a straight up contemporary without any quirky situations, just high school. I'm super glad that it filled the Completely Contemp requirements for each year because I was starting to feel neglectful of 2010 & 2011. She's So Dead to Us starts off with Ally coming back to her hometown after a few years in Maryland. Her father made some bad investments for his friends (Ally's friends parents), so they left town, then he left them. Ally's mom moves them back to Orchard Hill to try and reclaim their lives. * I was so reminded of The OC with this story, probably because of the parallels with Ally's dad and Jimmy Cooper. Don't worry, Ally is much more likable than Marissa. She meets the boy who moved into her old bedroom and sparks fly, but the Cresties (Ally's old friends, named for the crest they live on) are not all about forgiving and forgetting.
This book was just good high school drama. The kids are rich kids, but not obnoxiously Gossip Girl rich. The "norms" who Ally takes to hanging out with are kinda awesome. (Especially Annie. I love that in He's So Not Worth It you get to peek into Annie's Crestie log. Hilarious!) Jake is kind of a bonehead. Not to a bad degree, but like I want to smack him in the head, call him an idiot, and point him in the right direction. Eventually he gets it.
I also loved that in between the chapters there were notes from random girls at school. Always really funny and nice to see the drama from an outside perspective. I don't want to go too much into the 2nd and 3rd books, because I don't want to give anything away, but if you're looking for a solid high school relationship drama start this series ASAP!