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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review: She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott

Title: She's So Dead to Us
Author: Kieran Scott
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Pub. Date: 5.25.10
Genre: YA
Keywords: Family, Love, Friendship, Class, Drama
Pages: 288
Description (from arc):
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 of 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?

This book, even with its familiar plot, was completely addicting. When I started it, I only planned on reading a couple chapters, but I just couldn't set it aside.

From the start, the reader knows what's going to happen, but the characters are so engaging that it doesn't seem to matter. The novel is told in alternating chapters by Ally and Jake. I liked Ally right from the start; the reader can see that she's a good person, regardless of  her questionable past. Jake, on the other hand, did not immediately gain my favor. Ally might worry about the opinions of her abandoned friends, but Jake is completely ruled by them. He has absolutely no desire to go against the grain, which is monumentally frustrating throughout most of the novel. Despite this horrible trait, Jake managed to win me over. I can only attribute this to the realism of his character; many teenage boys would rather follow mutely than rock the boat and, in the end, Jake does do the right thing.  He is by no means perfect, but he has grown, which I can appreciate.

My favorite aspect of the novel was Ally and Jake's relationship. The emotions and little details of their romance were vibrantly written. Kieran Scott perfectly captured the emotions of an all-consuming crush; the kind of crush that leaves you incessantly daydreaming, prone to love struck gazing, and completely frustrated. The fact that their relationship is taboo added to the intensity.

She's So Dead to Us isn't deep and it doesn't impart any great wisdom to the reader, but it is fun and gave me that fluttery feeling that's only caused when two characters have undeniable chemistry.

Grade: A

Cover Comments:
I think the cover is extremely cute and fits the novel well. The snapped strand of pearls is an apt representation of Ally's fall from the "It" crowd.


  1. Great review! I'm really looking forward to reading this since I'm a huge Kieran Scott/Kate Brain fan.

  2. Thanks for the great review. She's So Dead To Us sounds like a really good read. You might also enjoy a new one coming on on June 18th by Kate Kaynak, called Minder. It's a science fiction book, but is not about vampires, demons or that sort of thing. Instead it's about a girl who has psychic abilities, which the government wants to use. The author is going to create an entire series for this as well. Looks like it will be an exciting one!

  3. Great review! now your making me remember my crush! LoL, Can't wait 2 read this one!

  4. I can't wait to read this! It's published here in the UK in September, so not too long to wait. Thanks for the fab review!

  5. "The kind of crush that leaves you incessantly daydreaming, prone to love struck gazing, and completely frustrated" - This sounds like my kind of read *dreamy sigh*.

    Every time I saw the cover and title for this book around I always thought it was about a vampire or something. I think my brain was confusing 'dead' for 'undead' *is an idiot*. Great review! I'll be checking this out now :)

  6. I'll have to add it to my list!

  7. Oooh really want to read this one :)


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