She's So Dead to Us
Author: Kieran Scott
You see, sometimes, there is no need for every contemporary tale to adhere to the rules of being wholly realistic. In this novel, there is a huge divide between the Cresties-- rich kids who have exclusive five-course Sunday dinners, Long Beach Island shore houses and cars for their seventeenth birthday-- and the Norms (the name is self-explanatory). Indeed, this divide might seem over-dramatised at certain parts of the novel and the group of friends that revolve around Jake and Ally might appear melodramatic at times. Yet, these are simply just the backdrop of the central story-- the love-hate relationship between Jake and Ally.
Their love story is wonderful, thanks to Kieran Scott's entertaining writing style. The story flows easily with no difficulty at all and you will be entirely engrossed from the very first page to the last. When Ally first meets Jake outside her old mansion, their encounter is described from both of their point of views, and my heart started pounding so fast as though I was the one feeling the sparks on the spot. Their relationship spans over a long period of time and each of the events that contribute to their romance is unforgettable. There is a major conflict in this novel because of how Jake is torn between his Crestie friends and Ally who is the pariah amongst the Cresties. To see how Jake starts from trying to deny his attraction towards her, to regretting playing hurtful pranks on her and finally, defending her in front of all the Cresties and dating her openly, your heart will wrench in the process, but you will never want to stop reading.
The story touches me because it is a story about teenagers. As a teenager myself, the relationship between Jake and Ally in a school setting is much easier to relate to than those paranormal romances. Never before have I seen any relationship develop so deliciously, to the extent that even a conversation between them will made my heartbeat accelerate!
This is how good this novel is. It's sweet. It's scathing. It's a cut above the rest.