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Have you recently been humiliated in front of your friends and family at your former best friends 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 you 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's couldn't be more clear that she is over you.
Have a great summer!
**I received this book through Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab program**
Review: I confess, I did not read the first book, She's So Dead To Us. In fact I wasn't even aware that I was jumping into a sequel until I started reading. It was fairly obvious while reading this book that I was missing some serious backstory, so to everyone else make sure you read the first one in the series before tackling this one; it will make everything MUCH clearer I'm sure!
Throughout this book we encounter three characters' points of view. Mostly it's either Ally or Jake, but we also get some insight into what Annie's up to through her notebook entries. I have to admit, as much as I enjoyed this book I really couldn't stand Ally. I understand that she was going through a really tough time (with her dad returning after 2 years, being humiliated by her so-called friends), but she was an incredible brat through pretty much the entire book. Let's just say I loved to hate her. I liked Jake and felt bad for him; he made a mistake and wanted to make amends with Ally because he was starting to realize he truly had feelings for her, but he wasn't used to having to beg for forgiveness. Of course it's not like Ally was giving him or any of her "friends" the time of day to even apologize if they wanted to. Once again, I realize they did a pretty terrible and humiliating thing to her, but the way Ally handled the whole situation made me want to slap her for acting like a spoiled 5 year old. I really liked Ally's friend, Annie, though. Her spy missions on the "Cresties" (a.k.a. "the rich kids") were often very comical and were a nice break between Ally and Jake's parts of the story.
Despite some of the issues I had with the story line (mainly the fact that some of the characters were supposedly so in love, then they broke up, but they all seemed to move on pretty darn quick; guess that's part of being a teenager though!), I really enjoyed this book overall. I owe that fact entirely to the author's great writing style; once I got into the story it was hard to put down. As for the ending, wow...what can I say? Definitely an epic cliffhanger that will have me desperately waiting for the next installment in this series.
Overall this was a great, fun, light read that had me guessing at how the book would conclude. Nothing could have prepared me for that ending! Now that I've read He's So Not Worth It, I can't wait to go back and read She's So Dead To Us; I'm sure it will really clear up the whole story for me. Plus, I really want to spend more time with these characters!
My rating: 5/5 stars
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