Saturday, May 28, 2011

He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott

He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Ally Ryan, come on down to the Jersey Shore and forget your troubles! Have you recently been humiliated in front of your friends and family at your former best friend's 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 really wanted to like this story, as I'm a huge fan of Kieran Scott and I had placed this book on my wish list months ago.  I had been looking forward to it, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.  It was entertaining, but I just found myself not caring very much for some of the characters, including the mains ones at times.  I could truly sympathize with Ally's humiliation, but the way she handled it was less than admirable.  I mean, it makes sense that she'd be a little teen angsty, but I think it was taken to the extreme.  None of her reactions make sense.  Take Jake, for instance... she misses him, but he comes to see her and she acts like he's dirt.  Then later he comes to see her again and everything's ok again.

The majority of the book is spent with Ally missing Jake, but I just couldn't understand why.  I didn't find him all that likeable.  At times he was, but for the most part, no.  He makes one major mistake in the book that I found unforgiveable, and I just couldn't get past it.  Most of the time, he seems spoiled and lazy and unsympathetic, and I kept thinking to myself that the book was well named...  He is SO not worth it.

The plot just seemed to plod along with all the characters racing from one place to another without much purpose.  This was definitely not one of my favorites by Kieran Scott.  It was just ok for me, although it won't stop me from reading her future books!

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