THE He’s So/She’s So TRILOGY
“The perfect summer beach read.”
—BookDivas.com, on She’s So Dead to Us
“[Contains] insider/outsider, on-again/off-again romance, secrets galore, and plenty of twists.”
—Kirkus Reviews, on She’s So Dead to Us
“Readers looking for something with just the right blend of old-fashioned angst, tangled relationships, and romantic troubles for the teens and their parents will do cartwheels while enjoying every page of this book.”
—VOYA, on He’s So Not Worth It
After a long summer, Jake and Ally are finally able to put the past behind them and get ready for their senior year together. But that’s easier said than done.
Chloe is pregnant and claims the baby is Jake’s. Hammond is pissed at Jake, and Annie just wants Ally to get even. But Ally decides that her relationship with Jake is worth more than her pride, so while everything else is sucking, at least they’ll have each other.
Still, it’s not too long before Jake is forgetting dates with Ally and going to doctor’s appointments with Chloe. And Ally tries out for the school play and finds a much-needed distraction—in the form of a cute new boy.
Things have not been easy for Ally and Jake from the beginning, but this time it seems like the universe is telling them they may be better off apart. With the end of high school looming and big life decisions to make, will they face the future together or go their separate ways?
kieran scott is the author of She’s So Dead to Us and He’s So Not Worth It. She also wrote the New York Times best-selling Private series under the pen name Kate Brian for Alloy Entertainment. She lives in New Jersey (not Orchard Hill) with her husband and two sons. Follow Kieran on Twitter @kieranscott and hear from Orchard Hill’s very own Annie Johnston @anniethenorm.
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She’s So Dead to Us
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Scott, Kieran, 1974–
This is so not happening / Kieran Scott.
Summary: Told in two voices, Ally and Jake, back together and both “Cresties” again as senior year begins, are shocked when Chloe tells Jake he is the father of her child.
ISBN 978-1-4169-9955-3 (hardcover)
[1. Babies—Fiction. 2. Teenage mothers—Fiction. 3. Teenage fathers—Fiction. 4. Social classes—Fiction. 5. Dating (Social customs)—Fiction. 6. High schools—Fiction. 7. Schools—Fiction. 8. Family life—New Jersey—Fiction. 9. New Jersey—Fiction.] I. Title.
ISBN 978-1-4169-9959-1 (eBook)
ISBN 978-1-41699-955-3 (print)
For Matt, Brady, and Will
So Jake Graydon and Ally Ryan are officially together? Bummer.
Oh, please. I bet he cheats on her before homeroom tomorrow.
It’s Jake Graydon! He puts the “play” in “player.”
Yeah, but he’s never had a serious girlfriend before. You have no precedent on which to base your hypothesis.
Since when did you start speaking Thesaurus?
She’s been studying for her AP exams.
Well, whatevs. I promise you. Jally or Ake or Gryan or whatever stupid name the sophomores come up with for them … they won’t last a week.
“Chloe’s pregnant?” Jake blurted, pushing himself up off the ground.
There was a grass stain on his cargo shorts from where he’d fallen on the edge of the lawn in front of Connor Shale’s house, and some gravel embedded in the skin of his calf. He touched the blood on his lip with his fingertips and flicked it away just as Hammond Ross grabbed him by the front of his shirt and pulled his monster-size fist back again. Jake’s arms flew up to protect his face, but I got between them and shoved Hammond as hard as I could with both hands. He stumbled back, surprised, and I took the two-second reprieve to whirl on my boyfriend.
My boyfriend, Jake. He was finally my boyfriend. We’d been officially together for five weeks and they’d pretty much been the most perfect five weeks of my life. So much for that.
“You had sex with Chloe?” I choked.
Jake’s incredible light-blue eyes said it all. He somehow looked scared and ashamed and apologetic at once. The sensation inside my chest was like nothing I’d ever felt before. It was as if first the air in my lungs, then the blood in my veins, then the life in my heart, were each getting sucked down a thirsty drain one at a time. Slurp, slurp, slurp … gone.
Jake opened his mouth to speak. “I …”
It was the longest syllable ever uttered by man.
“When?” I said. I was shaking from head to toe.
“It was one time. Over the summer. We weren’t together, I swear.”
I should have been relieved by this. I knew I should have. It wasn’t like they were a couple. It wasn’t as if they’d been humping like bunnies all summer while I was hanging out down the shore, clueless and pining for him. It wasn’t like he was in love with her.