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She's so dead to us
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Scott (I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader, 2005) once again tackles the painful subject of cliques. Sixteen-year-old basketball star Ally Ryan and her parents fled their exclusive community 18 months ago after Mr. Ryan's bad business deals annihilated their personal fortune. Now, Mrs. Ryan's gotten a teaching job at Ally's former high school, so she and Ally return (minus Mr. Ryan, who deserted the family) to Orchard Hill. Ally can't resist checking out their old mansion, and she finds handsome soccer star Jake has moved into her bedroom and the exclusive clique she'd grown up with. In alternating chapters, narrators Ally and Jake confess their powerhouse attraction to one another, while Ally's former and Jake's current crew plans and carries out cruel jokes to humiliate Ally and her mother. Plenty of nongratuitous profanity peppers the realistic dialogue, and subtlety is in short supply. However, Scott knows how to set a hook, and the fast pace will pull readers in for an entertaining (if didactic) read. The surprising, unresolved ending points to a sequel.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2010 Booklist
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?
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