Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format read: ARC
Formats Available: Audio, Hardcover (288 pages)
Synopsis (from Amazon.ca)
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?
My Rating: 5 / 5
Wow, what an amazing read! OK, so I have a few issues with the characters...just a few. When you get angry at the people in a book, you know the author has done her job, and done it well! In She's So Dead To Us there is not just one character that gets the reader going, there are multiple characters you love to hate. Kieran not only explores the group mentality of the teen years, she gives life & depth to all characters involved.
Ally Ryan was the coolest Crestie..until her Dad screwed up and lost every ones money in a bad investment. In Ally, Kieran captures what every girl fears in high school - the dreaded rumors. The thing about Ally though is that she is just so cool, so nice, that event the rumors fly off her back...they can't take her down that easily! Jake Graydon is the perfect guy: rich family (shallow of me but seriously who doesn't dream of falling for a rich guy!), athletic and all round nice guy...if only he could grow some balls!!! If he did, I'd say he's clone-worthy, right now he's totally swoon-worthy though :) Shannon, wow, have you seen Mean Girls - she is like Regina, the Queen Bee, and she is fierce, with Faith not too far behind!
If you love drama (not the boring the kind) and character development, this book will blow you away. Full of shocking moments, this one is sure to be devoured in one sitting and leave you, well, pissed and wanting more! I bow down to Kieran for invoking such hatred & passion when I was reading She's So Dead To Us :)