Tuesday, April 20, 2010
She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott
Jake lives in Ally's old house. He is a Crestie who is immediately drawn to Ally. He fights a battle between going after the girl he's got a huge crush on and his friends who won't understand. While the mean-girl Cresties plan pranks to pull on Ally, he grows closer to her.
The novel switched between Ally's point of view and Jake's. I enjoyed being able to get Jake's perspective on things as most of the young adult books that I read are told from a female view. The writing is sharp and the dialogue is all very natural. Both characters have issues to work out and neither are perfect. This is also a relief as I'm tired of perfect teen characters.
The only problem that I had with this novel, and it's something that is really bothering me lately in Young Adult fiction, is that there wasn't a great ending. There was a conflict, drama, and then the novel was over. The resolution was missing. I'm guessing there is a planned sequel and that is why it was left the way it was. Maybe not, maybe the rest is up to our imagination. I'm just seeing a trend and it can be irritating to a person like me who likes happy ever afters and long, detailed epilogues!
One other note. . . I am a child of the 80's and with main characters named Ally Ryan and Jake, you can bet my mind put those names together to be Jake Ryan. *sigh* The perfect teen movie hunk.