Published By: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Year of Publication: May 25 2010
Summary (from goodreads.com): 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: First off, I really enjoyed the writing in She’s So Dead To Us. I thought it was top notch, easy to read, with enough detail to make it seem like you’re right there in the story, but not too many details that you get overwhelmed.
The story was told from the alternating viewpoints of Ally – a Norm whose family is middle class – and Jake – a Crestie who family is upper class. Ally used to be a Crestie, until her dad lost most of her friends’ parent’s money. Her dad ended up leaving, and now Ally has to try to figure out where she belongs in her high school,as well as figure out her feelings for Jake. The problem with Jake is that there’s pretty much no way a Norm and a Crestie could date at Orchard View High School.
There are a couple villains in this book, and I thought Kieran Scott did a great job at creating their characters. You could understand where their motivation came from, but at the same time they were so cruel to Ally, I couldn’t understand why they’d do that to her.
The only not so great part about this book was the ending. I thought it ended a little too quickly, leaving some lose ends. I felt like there was a chapter missing. The good news is that there will be a sequel, due out summer 2011. I’m not sure if I can wait that long to find out what happens to Ally and Jake though.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.