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He's So Not Worth It (He's So/She's So Trilogy Series #2)

He's So Not Worth It (He's So/She's So Trilogy Series #2)

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by Kieran Scott

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Ally Ryan, come on down to the Jersey Shore and forget your troubles!

Have you recently been humilated in front of your friends and family at your former best friends birthday party? Was your almost boyfriend partly responsible for that humilation by withholding some vital information about where your estrangerd father is? Did you come home to find said


Ally Ryan, come on down to the Jersey Shore and forget your troubles!

Have you recently been humilated in front of your friends and family at your former best friends birthday party? Was your almost boyfriend partly responsible for that humilation by withholding some vital information about where your estrangerd 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! Suprisingly, 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!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Ally Ryan should be looking forward to a summer of fun before her senior year. Instead, she has to spend the summer at the Jersey Shore with her mom, her mom's new boyfriend, and all the rich, popular kids who used to be her friends, or stay at home in a small apartment with her just-returned dad. Her almost-boyfriend Jake will be at home for the summer, but after a huge embarrassment at a party, the awkwardness between them drives her to the Shore. There, Ally begins hanging out with the town kids to avoid her old friends. They lead her further into rebellion than she has risked before, and her new behavior and old resentment only increase her distance from everyone she loves. Meanwhile, Jake is at home, working for Ally's dad and hanging out with Chloe, the only one left in town. Through a series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities, Jake and Ally patch things up, but Chloe and Ally's new friend Cooper are ready to get in the way. While this book can be read without reading the previous novel, She's So Dead to Us, it is serial in style. Some prior knowledge of the relationships between characters would help in understanding the motivation behind their actions. One particularly poor judgment call seems unnecessary in this story, but it becomes clear that its purpose is to propel the plotline of the next book in the series. Characters are frustratingly impulsive and irresponsible, but their reckless behavior does have consequences, which sets this book apart in its genre. Part of the "He's So/She's So Trilogy Series." Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—One might think that Ally had become accustomed to things not going her way. Her dad is, after all, the one responsible for her friends' parents' hedge funds plummeting and the tension with said friends. This sequel to She's So Dead to Us (S & S, 2010) starts with her father looking to reconcile, but that's not looking easy with his new gig: working at the local coffee shop. And that's before Ally learns that Jake, the guy who just broke her heart, will be working alongside him. She can't even keep an eye on things, since her mom's new boyfriend insists that they spend the summer at his beach house, so her friend Annie keeps tabs on the home front. Chapters alternate between Jake, Ally, and Annie's "field journal." Some of Ally's challenges are hard to get too worked up over: being stuck in a fancy beach house, dealing with "mean girl" friends, and figuring out her feelings for Jake. However, many readers will relate to her concern for her parents' relationship and longing for the way things used to be. Unfortunately, Jake comes off as completely self-involved and downright mean at many points. Still, teens seeking a quick, escapist read set at the Jersey Shore will find one here. A worthwhile purchase for libraries that have gotten mileage out of the first book.—Jennifer Barnes, Malden Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

Ally wants her dad and her boyfriend, Jake, to come back; Jake wants Ally back, but he can't figure out how to approach her. Failure for both leads to over 300 pages of tantrums, but the teens will learn in the end, as might some readers.

In chapters dominated by Ally but punctuated by passages about Jake, Scott spins her story of adolescent angst. Ally wants to escape being one of the rich kids whose families vacation every summer in expensive beach homes. She doesn't want to stay with her mom's new boyfriend, but she makes an impulsive decision to go to the shore anyway and begins a relationship with a local boy who clearly stands on the wrong side of the law. Jake's mom grounds him for the summer, forcing him to get a summer job with none other than Ally's dad, now running a local coffee shop. Both teens react with frequent, instant and extreme anger when their fantasies fail to meet reality. The author plays fair by highlighting the stupidity and rudeness of many of their actions, allowing readers to assess the behavior realistically. As Ally makes ever-more-foolish decisions, Jake eventually moves in the opposite direction and helps to save the day.

It's chick lit with redeeming features that may help it appeal to a wide audience. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
He's So/She's So Trilogy Series , #2
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5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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He’s So Not Worth It
I had imagined my reunion with my father so many times over the past two years, I had every last detail down. I knew how many breaths of surprise I’d take upon seeing him. How long my strides would be as I raced across the distance that separated us and into his arms. I knew that he’d pick me up and twirl me around exactly three times before setting me down again, pushing my hair back from my face, and saying, “I missed you, bud.”

In my mind, it had always looked like some sappy Disney movie. Him with a big, toothy grin. Me with my feet kicked up, my skirt flying. The sun was always shining and the birds were serenading us with a happy tune. It was the kind of scene that would bring tears to moviegoers’ eyes everywhere.

Except I didn’t actually wear a lot of skirts. And the sun had gone down hours ago. Plus, the only sound outside the car was the annoying beeping of a truck backing up. Also, it had never occurred to me that when we all saw each other again, no one would feel like smiling. In fact, the moment I spotted my dad on the front steps of the condo my mother and I shared in the Orchard View Condominium community, all I could imagine doing was shoving him as hard as I could.

“Oh my God,” my mother said from the front passenger seat. Outside the window, my dad slowly rose to his feet. He was wearing pressed khakis and a crisp, white button down with varied stripes. His salt-and-pepper hair was cropped short on the sides and pushed back from his face on top. His shoes gleamed, and he wore the silver and gold Rolex my mother’s father had given him on the day of their wedding. Since leaving Orchard Hill in shame and destitution two years ago, my mom had sold most of her good jewelry to help pay the bills. Apparently that plan had never occurred to my dad. “I’m not really seeing this,” my mother said. “Tell me I’m not seeing this.”

Her hands shook as she reached for the clasp on her seat belt.

“Melanie, just take a breath and calm down,” her boyfriend, Gray Nathanson, said. He put the car in park and covered her fingers with his large hand. “You don’t want the first thing you say to him to be something you’ll regret.”

“Something I’ll regret?” My mother’s voice sounded like it was coming to us through a tin can tunnel. “I’m not going to say anything. I’m just going to kill the bastard.”

Yeah. A Disney movie this was not.

Gray said my mother’s name, but she was already out of the car. I found I couldn’t move; my legs had gone dead. I watched through the window of Gray’s luxury SUV as my father’s eyes followed my mother’s approach and suddenly registered fear.

“How could you?” my mother screeched, slamming his chest with both hands. Like mother like daughter. My dad staggered back a couple of steps and Gray hustled out of the car.

“Wait here,” he said to me, slamming the door shut behind him.

For some reason, that directive was what finally got me moving. I undid my seat belt and scrambled out onto the pavement. A couple of lights flickered to life around me, and I saw concerned neighbors peeking through the slats of their blinds. Great. I gave it five minutes before the Orchard Hill Police Department descended on my little family reunion. As if there hadn’t already been enough humiliation tonight.

“Gray? What the hell are you doing with Gray Nathanson?” my father said as I approached.

Gray had one hand on my dad’s chest, holding him back as my father talked about him like he wasn’t even there.

“What the hell am I—? Are you kidding me, Christopher? Where the hell have you been for the last two years? Who the hell have you been with?” my mother shouted.

“I haven’t been with anyone! I’ve been trying to get my life back together!” my father shouted back.

“Oh really? That’s funny! Because I thought your life was with us! Have you been here all this time and I’ve just missed you somehow?”

Gray put his other hand on my mother’s shoulder. “Why don’t we all just calm down, go inside, and—”

“I have a better idea. Why don’t you shut the fuck up and let me talk to my wife?” my father demanded, shoving Gray off of him.

Gray finally lost his composure. His face turned purple and his fists clenched, the tendons in his neck stuck out. My heart thumped with panic. My dad was tall and toned, but thin. Not exactly the fistfighting type. Gray worked out every day and was a lot stronger-looking than my dad. If hooks and jabs started flying, my father would be toast. I had to do something.

“Dad?” I croaked.

All three of them turned to look at me. They had clearly forgotten I was there. Gray’s fists relaxed. My mother’s eyes flooded with tears. My dad blew out a breath, tilted his head, and said, “Hey, bud.”

He even managed to smile. It was almost exactly like I’d imagined it. Except—

“No!” my mother shouted, slicing a finger through the air. “No! You do not get to call her ‘bud.’ You don’t even get to look at her! Not after you haven’t so much as called her for her birthday or for Christmas or for anything in the past two years! Not after what happened to her tonight, thanks to you.” My mother was hysterical now, the tears streaming down her face as she blindly, haphazardly groped for my hand.

My dad’s face was blank at first, then concerned. “Wait . . . what happened to her tonight?” He repeated. “What do you mean ‘What happened to her tonight’?”

Nothing much. I was just completely blindsided and humiliated when Shannen Moore played a video at her birthday party for half the junior and senior class and most of my mom and dad’s former friends to see. A video of her, Faith Kirkpatrick, Hammond Ross, and Jake Graydon “happening upon” my father as he worked behind the counter at a deli in New York City. Up until the moment it unfolded on the huge screen over the dance floor, I’d had no clue where my father had been for the past two years, whether he was alive or dead, whether he’d . . . I don’t know . . . gotten himself a new identity and moved to Paraguay. I found out at the exact same time as everyone else in the room that he’d been slinging bologna less than fifty miles away all this time. Just making sandwiches and pouring coffee and wiping counters. Living life as if my mother and I had never existed.

Wait, strike that. A few people had known before me. Namely, the people in the video, who had filmed it last winter: Shannen, Faith, Hammond, and Jake.

“We are going inside now. We are.” My mother grabbed Gray’s hand as well and basically yanked us both up the stairs. She fumbled with her keys until Gray finally took them from her and opened the door. He ushered me inside ahead of him while my mother let the screen door crash behind us. She turned around and glared down at my father, who, at that moment, looked smaller than he ever had in my life. “You can stay out there and rot.”

I watched my father as the door closed on his stricken, disappointed face. My mother ran to her room and slammed that door as well, leaving me and Gray alone in our cramped entryway. He put his hands in his pockets and looked out the tiny window set high in the door.

“No one would blame you if you wanted to go out there and talk to him,” he said.

“Oh really? I think my mom would disagree,” I replied, somehow speaking past the thick, wet paper towel that had jammed itself in my throat.

“She’s just upset right now,” Gray said. “But he’s your father. She knows you two should have a relationship.”

I swallowed hard. There was a long, skinny window of cut glass next to the front door, which you could only see through if you angled your eye just right, and even then you could only catch a sliver of the outside world. I stood on my toes and tilted my head to see my father frustratedly pacing in our parking lot. He moved out of view, then back again. Covered his face with his hands, muttered something under his breath. Finally, he turned and walked away, toward the exit of the complex, whipping out a cell phone as he went.

Just like that. He was here and then he was gone again.

“I think I’ll just go to bed,” I said weakly.

Gray gave me a sympathetic smile. He looked like he maybe wanted to reach out and squeeze my shoulder, and I was relieved when he restrained himself. I liked the guy, but I didn’t much want anyone touching me at that moment. Definitely not a father figure touching me in a fatherly way. Not now.

I walked to my room, closed the door, and sank down onto the edge of my bed, clutching the blanket at my sides. I was still wearing the black cocktail dress I’d bought specifically for Shannen’s party and I suddenly felt like tearing it off my body in shreds. What a waste of a week’s paycheck. I couldn’t believe I had been so naïve. So stupid and gullible and oblivious. Less than five hours ago I’d been standing in front of the mirror in this very room, grinning at my reflection, giddily anticipating Jake Graydon’s arrival so he could squire me off to the biggest party of the year. Five hours ago Jake was my almost-boyfriend. Five hours ago I was almost friends with Shannen and Hammond and Chloe Appleby again. Five hours ago life was on its way to being good. It was on its way to being great. One might even say perfect.

It is amazing how in five short hours, everything completely and irrevocably turned to crap.

Meet the Author

Kieran Scott is the author of the True Love series, including Only Everything, Complete Everything, and Something True; and the Non-Blonde Cheerleader series along with the He’s So/She’s So trilogy: She’s So Dead to Us, He’s So Not Worth It, and This is So Not Happening. She also writes the New York Times bestselling series Private, as well as the Shadowlands trilogy, under the pen name Kate Brian. She resides in New Jersey with her family.

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He's So Not Worth It 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
thereaderbee More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to be able to start reading ¿He¿s So Not Worth It¿, right after reading ¿She¿s So Dead to Us¿. I really liked reading the first book, and was ready to get back into the story to see where the Ms. Scott would take us next. I really loved Ally in She¿s So Dead to Us. To me, she seems like a completely different person in ¿He¿s So Not Worth It¿. Which is definitely understandable, considering what all she has been through, and what the future holds for her. I felt really bad for her, she was just an emotional mess. This causes her to make some pretty bad decisions, and also makes her totally act like a teen. (ha!) She turned into a mean, rude, whiny little girl that we didn¿t see in the previous book. And yet, I still loved her! I really missed Ally and Jake being together in this one. That's part of what I loved most in the first book. I still have a love/hate relationship with all of the other characters, Jake especially. The boy cannot make up his mind about anything, he¿s SUCH a guy. But yet, (AGAIN), I love him! We see different sides of the secondary characters; Shannon, Faith, Chloe, Hammond, etc¿ And I have to say, for the most part, I enjoyed them more in this book than I did in the first book. I can¿t stand the dad. Where does he get off?? The one character that I have loved from the beginning is Annie. Not only for the comic relief, which was great, but she¿s just a really amazing friend. She¿s definitely one of my favorites in this book. The characters are so well written, it¿s hard not to care for all of them. Much like the first book, the writing on this was really creative, and the plot drew me in once again. I absolutely love Ms. Scotts writing style. It¿s the drama¿ it pulls me in, keeps my attention and leaves me wanting more. (That¿s how great books are written!) I sped through this book in no time; I just had to know what was going to happen. The ending has a pretty big cliff-hanger, and I will definitely be checking out the next book, because I NEED to know what happens! Overall, this was a really good read for me!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in the trilogy and I was so excited to get the second one and find out what happens next. And what happens is a train wreck of epic proportions. Not only does Ally's old "Crestie" friends embarrasses her in front of everyone, her father really does come back to try and get his old life back and also get Ally i get out back as well. I loved how you got both Jake and Ally's side of stories and how there is just so many tangled things going on, its hard to keep it all together. But what should have been a nice summer away from Orchard Hill and at the shore, turns into a bigger nightmare than anyone planned. Ally in this book was a lot more whiny . But then she did have her friends betray her, the guy she was crushing on push her away, and oh yeah...her mother divorcing her dad AND getting engaged to another one....a lot to keep up with for a summer. I still love Annie's reports because they are always so funny and they bring a little comedy to this drama. I will say that there is a lot of swearing and underage drinking so its not for the younger teens, but its still a good book and if you read the first, you will want to get this, and be prepared for the ending. I was totally not expecting the ending, but i have two words for you....Will Halloran....just think about it? I totally hope the third book picks up and explains the ending more. Just when things might get better!! Arrrghhhhh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally i thought this second book in the series by Kieran Scott was really very good i finished the book within 24 hours of buying the book I couldnt put it down. However the ending wasn't what i was hopping for, it really left you hanging but I think that cliff hanger endings are the thing for this series and will most likely be the last cliff hanger in this series since it is the second to last. I am very excited to read the next and can't wait for summer 2012 now becuase of this book. I would highly recomend buying this book/series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it really only a trilogy:(? I love this series. It should have more books! Make it a series w/ like 10000000000000000000000000000000000000 books!!
Kristen Reiter More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next one!!(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book but i'm sad because I was unaware of the first book She's so dead to us. So I've already read this book and I have to go back to read the second one :( . Anyone think is will affect the story line in any way?
bobbles918 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed "She's So Dead to Us". I read both of the He's So/She's So in a day each-but with He's So Not Worth It I kind of had to push myself not to give up. Ally's life Jake's life-all of their lives are sucking now. With Ally's father back & knowing that Jake knew where he was & kept it from her to Chloe being hurt about Hammond & Ally kissing 2 years before & Shannen knowing & not saying anything until it benefited her. These teenagers are expecting to have a pretty boring summer. Ally going to the Shore to get away from Jake & to keep her mom & Gray from getting any closer was I think in a way a good thing & bad thing. Good because she got to see what she considers home but bad because her stubborness & attitude towards life gets her in some undesirable situations. Ally was the most frustrating character to me in this book. She acted pretty childish & yes crappy things were happening in her life but they werent just happening to her. & Jake all he wants is to have Ally back & act like nothing ever happened. But he's stuck at home while everyone else is at the shore-even worse he's stuck working & taking a class! But he's not alone-he has Chloe to keep him company. With a surprising ending-can't wait for the next book in this trilogy. Best thing about this book-Annie. Before every chapter you get to see her field journals & she is so funny-I LOL so many times because of her.
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Favorite series!!!! Well one of them anyway haha
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I read the first book to the trilogy because my friend recommended it, and i adored it and when i got this one i was blown away. I love how much irony and surprise is in this book! I wasn't able to put it down! I would definitely recommend reading the first one just because all the books relate so much to one another! But I promise you that you will love it!
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Oh my gosh i love this series soooooooo much. It is so great.i couldnt put it down. I can believe what is going on, but i wont give any plot spoilers. All i can say is that i love hammond and i wish ally would go out with him. I totally recommend this to anyone. A million stars. Counting down to may 1st and book three. I wish it would go on forever :)
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Just read sample and it sounds awesome! I read shes so dead to us and i cant wait to read the second one!!
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Awedome book. Obviously would recommend.
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