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Belle's Book Club: She's So Dead To Us...

Hey everyone

Next up in my Belle's Book Club: Summer 2013 series I'm sharing - She's So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott


Synopsis (via Goodreads

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 your friends lose their trust funds, things don’t look so sunny for you. Her mother moved her to Maryland to flee the shame, but now they’re moving back. Back to the country-club, new-car-every-year, my-family-came-over-on-the-Mayflower lifestyle that Ally has outgrown. One bright spot, however, is gorgeous, intense Jake Graydon. But it won’t be easy for the two of 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?

My Thoughts

First off - I totally judged this book by it's cover - who can resist Tiffany blue and pearls? Not this girl!

Thankfully this pre-judgement turned out to be true - I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I couldn't wait to read more of it at any chance I got!

I really enjoyed the concept of an insider (Ally) leaving and then trying to come back and being ostracised by her so-called friends just for something that her father did! I liked reading about how a mistake that she didn't even make ended up influencing her life and completely turning it on its head - especially when she returned to her 'old' life and tried to fit it. It really revealed a lot, in my mind, about human character and how fickle some people can be - and also how other people can peer-pressure control you - it definitely posed some questions to me as to what I would do in their situations. Especially when we saw that it was just the young people (Ally's peers) that we being terrible and bullying Ally but also their parents were bullying Allys mother - for the same reasons - it made me not blame her peers so much but their parents more so if that's the childish way that they behave. Tragic really.

I loved loved loved Jake - he was just so darned sweet and so obviously in love with Ally - so cute! I was rooting for them to get together all of the way through the book! I was so gutted and disappointed in how he let himself down at the end though - not impressed with him at all!

I was initially a little apprehensive about how reading through the two different perspectives, Ally and Jake, would work - I'm usually not a fan of switching perspectives because I think that they can make the story a bit disjointed but in this instance I think that it really worked to the plots favour by being completely seamless, I loved reading about each of their thoughts on what was going on - and especially about what they thought of each other - I think this was what made me root for them so much!

The only thing that I didn't really enjoy that much was massively exaggerated divide between the 'populars' and the 'normals' - I've never witnessed a social divide as obvious as was described here and frankly I can't imagine it happening - though that might just be me being a tad naive. Additionally - I can ever imagine people actually referring to themselves as either 'populars' or 'normals' - what?!

I cannot wait to read the next book - I need to find out what happens to Ally and Jake!!

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo