He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott
Published: June 7, 2011
Target Audience: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library.
How I heard about it: Goodreads recommendation.
Summary: Ally’s life is chaotic – she thought Jake would finally ask her out, but he betrayed her by withholding important information about her father (who abandoned her two years earlier). Her mom is dating a new guy, she’s forced to be around her ex-best friends, and she can’t stand Jake. Her life feels like it’s spiraling out of control.
I should preface this review with the fact that I didn’t realize this book was the sequel to She’s So Dead to Us until after I had finished the book! Despite that, I never felt lost or confused about what was happening. Scott did an awesome job of informing the reader about everything that should have been learned from the first book.
Ally’s life is just insane. She can’t wait for Jake to finally ask her out, but Shannen – one of her ex-best friends – pulls a stunt that humiliates her in front of all the attendees at Shannen’s birthday party. Ally’s dreams of a relationship with Jake are dashed because he knew the truth that was shared with everyone for months and never mentioned it to Ally. To top it all off, her dad (who has been MIA for 2+ years) suddenly returns to town and is acting like he never abandoned her and her mom. Her summer is full of drama, lies, frustration, boys, and tons of unanswered questions.
The situation that made me feel most uncomfortable in the entire book was Ally’s relationship with her mom. She’s falling in love with another guy and all Ally wants is for her parents to talk and work out their marital problems. I couldn’t help but feel so mad at her mom. She was so caught up in her own life that she didn’t notice how much Ally was struggling with things. Sure, Ally was being a brat and doing a lot of uncharacteristic things to get attention, but her mom was completely absorbed with Gray (who I deep down did not trust).
Ally decided to go away with her mom and Gray for the summer to his beach house. She wants to be away from Jake – can’t forget how he abandoned her. Hammond is one of Ally’s old friends who is still semi-in-love-with-her and is spending the summer at the beach, too. There’s also the local beach boy, Cooper, who is new and different. There’s no lack of options for Ally, and each guy had his charms. The story alternates back and forth between Ally and Jake’s perspectives. I could see how much Jake was still in love with Ally and how sorry he was for what happened at Shannen’s birthday party. I rooted for him despite the anger Ally had toward him. Hammond had a deep crush on her and their past is intriguing. Cooper was fun and laid back, but I didn’t trust him either. I was on pins and needles as the story became more complicated – would Ally end up with one of these guys? If so, WHO?!
Hands down, my favorite part of the story was Annie’s observations and notes. Annie is Ally’s best friend who watches all of the rich kids and details her findings in a journal. She hopes to chronicle all of the stories someday into a bestseller. Gosh, that girl was funny! She was dorky and quirky. Being a photographer, I sometimes refer to myself as a professional people watcher. Maybe I related so well to Annie because I, too, am a bit silly and weird – and definitely a people watcher.
This was a really fun, awesome read. I thoroughly enjoyed all the drama and the crazy. I read it so quickly because I just needed to know who Ally would end up with.
If you’re looking for a book that will:
a) remind you of warm beaches and summertime
b) provide an interesting and nail-biting love story, or
c) make you laugh out loud at random moments
then this book is for you!