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She's So Dead to Us

(He's So/She's So #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,298 ratings  ·  648 reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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SummerLily This book would probable be more suitable if you were looking for something similar to Gossip Girl/ 90210. It's full of ridiculous, over the top drama…moreThis book would probable be more suitable if you were looking for something similar to Gossip Girl/ 90210. It's full of ridiculous, over the top drama and rich teens cheating. The romance is almost secondary to the plot.(less)

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Morgan F
Okay, let me start off by saying how misleading the cover and title are. I was expecting some light, two-star read. Boy, I was wrong.

It's been two years since Ally Ryan's father swindled millions from the wealthiest families of Orchard Hill, and she and her family were forced to leave town in shame. But now she is back, even though not all of her old friends are happy to see her. When Ally goes to visit her old mansion, she finds someone else living there. The smokin' Jake Graydon who has take
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alternating-pov

Usually, wanting to punch all the characters in a book it is not a really good sign.. and I won't say that this is not the case because in fact it really is.

I hate horrible friends (all Ally's supposed ex best friends), and rich kids with nothing else to do but to bully someone for their own entertainment (same as before), and rich people telling me what a difficult time they are having because their parents can't effort a palace AND a beach house (same as before), and rich stupid kids with
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Okay so, where do I start, where do I start?
Okay I'll start from the beginning.

First thoughts on She's So Dead To Us:

What a weird cover. Seriously? Couldn't you pick a nicer one, Kieran Scott? Whatever, I'll give you a chance anyway.
Weird title, too. Usually books with lame titles like that end up being lame and pretty awful themselves.
Synopsis? So done and re-done. Are you even going to try?

All right then. Let's start.
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
DNF at 50%

Why does this book have such a high rating?? I seriously don't see it! Anywhere. The heroine is annoying, the hero is the gratest asshole in history and the cresties are the worst friends to ever grace the pages of a book.


I was so annoyed with this girl. Her dad screwed up, lost a lot of money(theirs and their friends'), and then left them. I get the rage directed at him, I get it. What I don't get are her self-righteous "my dad destroyed my perfect little life" comments. She is th
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO! This book was lots of fun, in that I-wanted-to-reach-into-the-book-and-punch-these-characters-upside-the-head!

She's So Dead to Us, starts off with Ally and her mom back in town, after having to escape in absolute shame since Ally's dad lost a lot of money in a bad investment, leaving them broke as well as most of their friends.
Only when Ally tries to make nice with her old circle, she's outcast and dubbed as a just a 'Norm'.
Jake Graydon the oh-so-gorgeous guy who now lives in Ally's old man
Emerald Sue
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
“No use dwelling on the past. What you do tomorrow and the next day and the day after that is what matters.”

Overall Thoughts

This book is an easy read, yes. But it did have more of a backstory than I was expecting it to. There is a lot of adult elements weaved into this book / story. It reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl . Which who doesn't love that show? I really enjoyed the backstory of the characters, the characters themselves, the humor and the overall easy to read drama that this book

I have no idea how long I've wanted to read this book but it felt longer than forever.

One of the reason's I wanted to read this book was because of the cover and another reason was because of the title. Both things automatically drew me in. HOWEVER, it's what was inside of this beautiful and amazing book that made me devour it.

She's So Dead to Us will definitely throw you for a loop. It was so freaking good! I didn't want to put it down! The characters were awesome. You definitely end up rooting
Holy Potatoes! I wasn't expecting this drama-infused book full of secrets, surprises and back-stabbing. Even our main character isn't the perfect little angel because she messes up a lot. All these characters do, even the so-called perfect boy. You're not going to like any of the characters at all, but I couldn't help but enjoy it. Everything blew up in their faces with their stupid decision-making, but hey at least they know they did wrong now.

If you're looking to be entertained, read this boo
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first I thought it was going to be just another silly shallow novel, and in a way it was, but it was also really good. A few of the characters had a surprising depth to them and were really well thought out. I really liked the main character, Ally. She was so strong facing her old friends after her father ruined them financially. She even protected her mother as best she could from the heart ache she knew would occur if her mom found out what had been ...more
Seriously, save youself the time and skip this.

Just to warn everyone up front with info I didn't have - clearly this is going to be some sort of series. It's not a stand-alone and there's absolutely no sense of conclusion or closure to this first volume. At the end, I just wanted to throw the book across the room.

Perhaps it's my fault for not "doing my research" and knowing this is a first volume in a series, but there is nothing anywhere on the book that indicates this.

Plus, I was so sick of Ja
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Totally shallow and full of stupid decisions, but pretty entertaining all the same. Annoying cliffhanger, though.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yet another excellent ya contemporary from Kieran Scott. I really like her books. She’s also from New Jersey, so gotta love that too!

Anyway, the book itself was enjoyable. It reminded me a little of Pretty Little Liars or Mean Girls. There are a lot of secrets/backstabbing/drama/whatever. This book managed to ramp up the drama without being ridiculous, and I actually enjoyed seeing everything come together.

I really felt for Ally, and I liked how strong she was. Even though lots of bad stuff ha
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
One thing you may not know me about me is that I ALWAYS catch on to popular stuff really late. I read Harry Potter after all the seven books had been released long since. I read Twilight when the first movie had been released for six months. But the reason I’m dishing out this info is because I caught on really late to Gossip Girl as well—the T.V. show, I mean, not the books. I’ve only seen, like, six episodes of the first season, but I can safely say that I am HOOKED. I always thought that seei ...more
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
"Suddenly my palms were sweating under my gloves. I slid my hand away and we got back to work, but I felt as if my whole body was on high alert. There was no getting around it anymore. I was falling for this girl. Big-time.” - Jake

Before I start this review, I have a tiny confession to, I'd never heard of this series before I received book three This is So Not Happening for review. Shock horror, I should be hanging my head in shame! I can't believe I'd never heard of it before and th
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, young-adult
Kind of like Gossip Girl in the 'burbs, but less trashy and fun. Horrible rich kids being horrible to the world's most indecisive heroine (She [rightfully] hates them! Then she wants to be friends with them! Then they do something awful and she hates them again! Then she still wants to be friends! Lather, rinse, repeat: over, and over, and over, and over, and over...) Ally's a spineless idiot, basically. A fun, entertaining idiot, to be sure, with moments of clarity and strength, but an idiot no ...more
"So? What do you think?"

Ally Ryan's family moved from Orchard Hill, New Jersey to Maryland after her dad made some very bad investments and lost money for now only their family but most of her friends' families as well. She and her mom return after her dad walks out on them.

There were times that I struggled with reading this because Ally's former friends were absolutely horrible. I had to keep telling myself that they were teenagers and this is how they act.

I did enjoy the difference in point o
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book sort of reminded me of Mean Girls, only instead of being homeschooled, the girl being picked on used to be popular. Through very little fault of her own, all her friends are now ostracizing her and pulling mean pranks.

Girls, and people in general in High School (and even more so in Jr. High) can be very cruel, and it doesn't take much to end up on the "crap list" so to speak. Ally has to deal with suddenly being very unliked, in addition to having all sorts of familial stuff going on.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Ally Ryan can't believe she's back in Orchard Hill. Over a year ago, her family slipped out at night without telling anyone goodbye. Ally's father made a bad investment, and many of the Ryan's' close friends lost money. The Ryans lost everything. Now that Ally and her mom have moved back to Orchard Hill sans her father, Ally innocently assumes her "Crestie" friends will welcome her back with open arms. After all, it was her father that lost their money, not
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I was initially pulled in to this book because of the cover - for some reason I like the destroyed pearl necklace. The plot also seemed entertaining - a rich girl whose family loses their money, moves out of town, and moves back over a year later hoping to still have her old friends.

The beginning of the book was hard for me to get into because it was heavy on internal dialogue from Ally, our main character. Once I started to figure out the plot and keep the characters straight (with the help of
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I found out about this series when I saw the 3rd book advertised thinking it was a standalone. When I found out it was a series I had to get the first one.

I absolutely loved this book. It was like a movie playing out in my head all the way through. Ally Ryan is an excellent protagonist, she's just returned home to the 'Crestie' side of town. She's an outcast now after her father lost millions of dollars of her friends money. He friends no longer want to speak to her or have anything to do with
Sara Grochowski
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This book, even with its familiar plot, was completely addicting. When I started it, I only planned on reading a couple chapters, but I just couldn't set it aside.

From the start, the reader knows what's going to happen, but the characters are so engaging that it doesn't seem to matter. The novel is told in alternating chapters by Ally and Jake. I liked Ally right from the start; the reader can see that she's a good person, regardless of her questionable past. Jake, on the other hand, did not imm
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
When having money is all that matters, what happens when you lose it all?

Ally Ryan used to be rich, at least up till her father made a mistake that almost bankrupted her family as well as her friends'. Unable to face her friends or live the same way again,her family moves out of Orchard Hill (The Beverly Hills of New Jersey)without even a goodbye only to move back again two years later because her mother got a job at her old high school. Now Ally's forced to deal with the ramifications of he
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
OMG. I love Kieran/Kate Brian for her private series and a few others but this book was just everything i look for in a book. it was sarcastic and witty and had just enough romance. i also loved how even though she knew things were different she still missed her old friends. that longing was written really well. i loved the cliff hanger. i loved all the characters so much and because of my history with kierans other work i kinda of know how she writes so i can see some future plot lines. but the ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute, sassy and snarky, Aly is just trying to come back to her old town and be with her friends again. But the last time she was here, she was rich, her mom and dad were still together and she was in the 'popular' crowd. And the last time she saw her friends, she was leaving town after a faulty investment had her dad losing all of his and all the other families' money.

Needless to say, Aly is not received back well.

but the new boy, Jake, can't keep his eyes off of her.

Except Jake...kind of sucked
May 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
so far, i'm thinking the writing is possibly worst than 50 shades...if it doesn't get better soon I may stab myself in the eye. i didn't think it was possible to use 'butthole hideous' in a sentence 3 times... ...more
Carolyn Elaine
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It wasn't Ally Ryan's fault her father lost all her friends college trust funds in a risky investment. It wasn't Ally's fault her parents moved her out of Orchard Hill to Baltimore. But now Ally and her mother are back after her mother found a job at Orchard Hill High. And her friends are not happy about it except for the new boy, Jake Graydon. He doesn't know what her father did, and he can't help but be drawn to her, against his friends better judgment. Told in alternating POV between Ally and ...more
Fransheska Cantero
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you’re interested in high school drama, then She’s So Dead To Us is a book you definitely want to read. It’s about a 17-year-old girl, Ally Ryan, who returns to her hometown, Orchard Hill, where not everyone is thrilled to see her because of her dad’s business trades. Throughout the book, you get to see her slowly regain all of her friendships that she previously had. She even found a love interest named Jake Gordon who is into all the same things she’s into.
I think that many people curren
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Bookcase to Heaven™ review.


Written from the perspectives of both Jake and Ally, this novel takes us down the familiar path of high-school drama, yet still manages to shine bright like a diamond from the growing pile of Young Adult contemporary works.

SHE'S SO DEAD TO US is not conceptually unique, but neither is it your typical run-of-the-mill teenage romance. Two teenagers crushing on each other from opposite ends of the social hierarchy is in essence, almost a Cinderella-esque story. However
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Kieran Scott is the author of WISH YOU WERE GONE, a suburban suspense novel coming in November 2021 from Gallery Books. She has also written several young adult novels, both under her own name and for Alloy Entertainment under the pseudonym Kate Brian. These include the New York Times best-selling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, as well as MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS and many others. She ...more

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