Thursday, 24 January 2013
Review: This is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Released: August 30th, 2012
After their long summer apart, Ally and Jake were hoping for a drama free senior year. Instead they are faced with a turn of events that threaten to tear them apart...for good. 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. As graduation approaches, 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 in tact?
The Cresties and Norms are back in this third and final instalment in the He's So/She's So series, with Ally and Jake taking centre stage. There's more drama than an episode of Revenge, with so many twists and turns that it's hard to keep up. Talk about a jam-packed finale!
This is So Not Happening occasionally suffers from being slightly too long, but only once or twice did I find my attention waning. Besides that, I was glued to the pages, mouth agape, wondering how Ally and Jake were going to fare after the latest scandal rocked Orchard Hill. There were some moments where I thought it was all over and there was no hope for anyone living in the Orchard zip code, but then a sneaky twist put things back on track. Phew!
As always, Kieran Scott's writing was addictive; both sharp and witty and worthy of a round of teenage applause. I would love to see her script a TV show - I think it's then out like Pretty Little Liars meets Gossip Girl. A win-win, in my book! I find that some contemporary YA writers struggle with the teenage voice and all it's up to date slang etc., and that's something that this series has never had a problem with. It's all pretty believable, with pop culture references like The Vampire Diaries often making an appearance and adding to the realism.
I wonder if this is definitely the end of Ally and Jake's story? I'd love to find out what happened to them at college, and whether everything in their life worked out as they planned. If not, then This is So Not Happening is a nice way to end the series and I've really enjoyed getting to know these characters. I hope Kieran Scott has got more like this up her sleeve!