Novel: She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover CopyWhen having money is all that matters, what happens when you lose it all?
Source: Local Public Library
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?
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
Want drama, lots of secrets, back-stabbing, and lies? She's So Dead to Us is your book. The people, secrets, and lies that Ally left behind when her family left Orchard Hill when her father caused all their friends to lose money, houses, and break up families. When Ally comes back to Orchard Hill after two years of being in Baltimore, she doesn't know that her former friends still hold her responsible for the money lost and breaking up the perfect world they lived in.
Ally meets Jake, the boy who has moved into her old house, and is immediately in love with him. The only issue is that Jake can't be seen with Ally, and Ally can't bear to go through more humiliation than she is already having to deal with. You immediately like Ally's characte because after everything she has gone through, she is simply done with old friends. Sure, she wants them back, but after several mean pranks she realizes that they don't want her anymore. So she moves on and finds new friends - like ANNIE! Annie cracks you up and makes you want to live in Ally's world (without the epic amounts of drama) and be Annie's best friend!
Jake.... Oh Jake...! He's so complicated. He wants Ally, but doesn't want the affects of being with her - losing most of his friends, his reputation, and his status. But then again, isn't Ally everything he wants? Jake has to deal with his own issues, much less the drama that comes with being with Ally.
The end of this book made me pound on the wall above my bed. It was such a cliff-hanger! Thankfully, I had the next one on top of my dresser.
So two things: one, have both books before you start the trilogy, and two, Don't Mess With a Crestie.