BOOK REVIEW: He's So/She's So Trilogy by Kieran Scott

Series: He's So/She's So trilogy
Titles: She's So Dead to Us, He's So Not Worth It, This Is So Not Happening
Author: Scott, Kieran
Published: by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Edition Language: English
Source: borrowed from my library

From Goodreads:
"She's So Dead To Us" 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?

"He's So Not Worth It" Ally Ryan, come on down to the Jersey Shore and forget your troubles!  Have you recently been humiliated in front of your friends and family at your former best friend's birthday party? Was your almost-boyfriend partly responsible for that humiliation by withholding some vital information about where your estranged father is? Did you come home to find said estranged father sitting on your stoop?  If so, then it sounds like you could use a vacation! The Jersey Shore is the place to be. Your mother may be living with her boyfriend of only a few months, but at least the stunt Shannen pulled has put some of your friends back in your court. Even so, you're still angry and what better way to get over Jake than to blow off some steam with local guy, Cooper. People will hardly recognize your new attitude, but the old one wasn't getting you anywhere, so who cares!  Jake Graydon, an exciting opportunity is waiting for you in the service industry!  Are your grades so low your parents have grounded you for the summer? Did the girl you really like unceremoniously leave you behind? Would you rather eat dirt than see your friends again? Then a job at the local coffee shop is just the ticket! Surprisingly, Ally's father is the new manager so you get to be reminded of her nearly every day. Maybe it's time to start flirting with your best friend's ex or even taking school a bit more seriously. Especially when you finally see Ally and she's hanging around with some loser and it couldn't be more clear that she is over you.

"This Is So Not Happening"  After their long summer apart, Ally and Jake were hoping for a drama free senior year. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things will work out that way...again. — It turns out that Chloe is pregnant and says that Jake is the father. Hammond is pissed at his best friend, but mostly can't believe that Ally would stay with Jake. But Ally is tired of being apart from Jake and is willing to make it work. But that is easier said than done when Jake starts blowing Ally off to go to doctor's appointments with Chloe and Ally joins the school play and meets a new cute guy.  But as graduation approaches, things get more complicated as new secrets come out and Ally realizes maybe Jake isn't the guy she thought he was. After everything they've been through can Ally and Jake get out of Orchard Hill with their relationship intact?

Mrs. Beamer's Review:
I was looking forward to reading this trilogy...the book covers drew me in (loved them!)... and I wasn't disappointed.  I read all three books in four days :)  While nothing earth-shattering happened, the books managed to hold my interest.  Honestly, while reading into the early hours of the morning I kept asking myself "why can't I put these books down?"...and I truly couldn't come up with a better answer other than "I want to keep reading them."

I enjoyed the settings and characters.  Ms. Scott does a wonderful job describing the different settings...I especially liked the beach house.  However, I had a really hard time picturing the characters.  Crazy, right?!  I think Ally was a brunette?  And Jake was model-gorgeous.  Other than that, I don't remember anything too specific about the other characters.  I love Lincoln and Annie...probably because Ms. Scott does a good job developing them.  Or, it could be because they are oddballs and I love oddballs :)  Also, my favorite part of the books are Annie's journal entries - HILARIOUS!

I highly recommend these books to female teens.  They remind me of the Sweet Valley High books, in a way.  I'm sure they will circulate well in my library.  These books are a nice escape from reality that don't require deep thinking - sometimes just what you need!  I look forward to reading more books by this author.

My Favorite Quote (from book #3):  "He turned and looked me directly in the eye.  'If you were my girl, I'd thank anyone who kept you from going splat'."

Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 3
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 2
Drugs/Alcohol: 1
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: high school
Potential Controversial Topics: not listing due to potential spoilers

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