Monday, 22 August 2011
Review: He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Released: September 1st, 2011
Grade rating: B+/A-
Ally Ryan, come on down to the Jersey Shore! Have you recently been humiliated at your former best friend's birthday party? Was your almost-boyfriend partly responsible for that humiliation by withholding some vital information about your estranged father? Did you come home to find said estranged father sitting on your doorstep? If so, you really need a vacation! Sun, sea and sand are the perfect way to unwind and forget about your frenemies.
If I was to compare He's So Not Worth It to a current TV show (as I often do), I'd have to go with 90210. There is nothing else that can rival Kieran Scott's ingenious blend of drama, back-stabbing bitchiness and hormonally charged teenagers finding true love at their summer vacation homes. In fact, reading this book is like drinking a cold glass of water on a hot day: you gulp it down, feel momentarily refreshed and then immediately want more. NOW!
This sequel to last year's She's So Dead to Us picks up shortly after where the first book ended. It's vacation time for the residents of Orchard Hill, and Ally Ryan is heading to the Jersey Shore. She needs to escape the humiliation she suffered at the hands of her old Crestie friends, which also means escaping love interest and totally smoking hot Jake Graydon. Ally is definitely someone to admire because I would NEVER have left him alone!
This book digs deeper into Ally's home life and past, with her father gaining a starring role in her life. The dynamic between Ally and her father is great to read, and their relationship shines as one of the best in the series. Ally is still his little girl, no matter what mistakes he's made in the past, and I really like that. Family loyalty goes a long way in life and I'm glad Kieran Scott addressed that in such a strong way. I like her dad, and I'm sure I'm not the only one!
He's So Not Worth It is so addictive it's like the pages turn themselves. Ally's relationship with Jake progresses further in the emotional sense, even though for most of the book they aren't together. I love that the story I told from both Ally and Jake's point of view as it really helps to know what they're both thinking. It can also be frustrating at times, though, especially when I know something the characters don't and I just want them to work everything out and live happily ever after. That, however, is looking unlikely thanks to the awful cliffhanger ending of this book. My jaw was literally on the floor after reading it, and I have no idea how my beloved Ally and Jake will get over this little bombshell. Life in Orchard Hill is never quiet (or easy), but I can't wait to find out what happens next. Even more drama is on the horizon!