Book Review: She's So Dead To Us by: Kieran Scott


Publisher: Simon and Schuster Childrens

Publish Date: May 25, 2010

Origins: Publisher for Review

Format: Softcover

Blurb: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?

Review in 5: Compelling, Dramatic, Addictive, Disappointing, and Definitely for Teenagers.

Review: I know my 'Review in 5' probably has you confused as heck. Let me explain in detail here, if you have the patience to keep reading. This book is definitely geared for a teenager. I don't think it is a YA book that transcends the age line to adults. I found the content addicting, yes, but also childish, whiny, and disappointing. I say these things as an adult a teen I probably would have loved it and emailed the author for the date of the next release.

The book is like a Gossip Girl, all about where the parties are, who has money, and who people are hooking up with. I would have given it four stars had there been what I believe is a satisfying ending. I liked the book just fine until I got to the last page and found nothing more to read. The author writes very well, draws amazing pictures for the reader and does an excellent job at pinning down a teenager, as well as an excellent job of bringing out the teenage hormone, but I endured whining hormonal teens for an entire book and didn't even get a satisfying ending...what I want, I have no idea...but I just felt let down. The author is an excellent writer I just think this book was not for me specifically.

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  1. great review and I'll keep this in mind for the book.

  2. I have this in my to-be-read pile and I really want to read it but yours is not the only review for it that wasn't that great. Oh well, I guess I will just have to see for myself. Great review!

  3. Ooh, doesn't really seem like my type of book... I'll admit, I LOVE gossipy/light/fun reads, but I hate it when thats all there is to the book.
    Thanks for the review! Even though it wasn't the most positive, it was honest. :)
    Love, Hannah

  4. Great review! I'm sure my daughter would like this book!

  5. Great review! I liked how you said that it wasn't for you now, but as a teen, you'd love it.

    I'm not sure if it changes anything, but this is the first book of a trilogy.


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