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

SHE's SO DEAD TO US by Kieran Scott
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 288 page
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children Publishing 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416999515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416999515
  • Cover: Simple yet effective
  • Author Website: Kieran Scott
  • Rating: YYYY


    When I read the premise of She's So Dead to Us I was instantly intrigued and knew I had to read it. This book was just too good to pass up with it's socially relevant subject matter, emotionally charged nature and forbidden romance that made my spine tingle and I was NOT disappointed.

    Kieran Scott has done a fantastic job demonstrating the worst and best in humanity while having the keen ability to present some of the most honest and believable dialogue around.

    She's So Dead to Us centers on Ally Ryan, a teen and her return to her home town of Orchard Hill. It was the place where she grew up, had many long life friends, starred on the basketball team and also the "scene of the crime" where she left in the dead of night with her family because her father made a bad deal that cost people a lot of money. Ally would have never believed that less than two year later she would return Orchard Hill and face all of the people that she had left behind, especially now that she was a NORM aka (not so wealthy individual) and no longer a CRESTIE aka (very wealthy). On her first night back she cannot help but visit the old neighborhood and is pulled straight to her former house where she meets Jake Graydon, resident hottie and new best buddy to her old BFF Shannen. She finds him irresistible and when an opportunity to see him again comes up she takes the opportunity to see him and her old friends only to find out that they all dislike her, nay HATE her...because of what her father had done. Ally had no idea of the ramifications that her fathers' bad decision had created and she was mortified on top of the hurt that she had no idea where her father was, for soon after they moved out of town he had left her and her mother. The only thing that Ally could do was hold her head high and move forward with her life and ignore her former friends, but that was next to impossible because all she wants is Jake and he is a Crestie and her old friends would do anything to make sure that will never happen. Does Ally stand a chance with all the drama that is sure to come her way? Only reading this story will tell...

    It did not take me long, maybe ten pages and I knew that I adored this book. Those that know me, understand my love for paranormal fiction but once in a while a contemporary novel comes around that completely floors me and She's So Dead to Us is one of those novels. I was wholly intrigued with this story concept and how money can change friendships especially during the current economic upheavel in today's society. The fact that Ally no longer had the silver spoon that she was born with but a plastic fork and that she did not let that prohibit her from doing what she wanted made me admire her all the more. I also admired her heart for trying to forgive those former friends of hers time and time again. As for Jake Graydon while at times I feel like throttling him for being so "baa baa" sheep like in his crestie membership I am glad that he proves himself as they story moves along. I also wanted to thank Kieran for creating a Nemesis so hateful that I had no idea that I could dislike somebody that much...uggg. I love it when a book can do that to me, now I have to wait until next year for the sequel in this trilogy and I don't think I can make it. HELP! The cliffhanger in the novel is killing me.

    This story will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions and it will make you think about the power friendship and if you can ever put a price on it. Read it now and be forewarned, once you begin reading you will not be able to stop. Enjoy.


    1. Great review! I loved this book, too. Ally's just so strong, and while Jake ticked me off, I liked him, too. I think this is a trilogy, so he has time to grow up a little. :-) And right on about the believeable dialogue--that's hard to master, but Kieran Scott has done it.

    2. I loved Ally, she was just so strong. I can't even begin to think about what I would do in her shoes, but I know I would not have been able to go back.

    3. I loved this one too. I cant wait for the next one!

    4. Wow - great review. I really want to read this even more now.

      Unlike most people, I like the paperback cover better though :)

    5. I wasn't too sure about this when I first got it, but now I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks for the great review, Nancy!

    6. sounds great! can't wait to pick this one up!


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