Allie Dean couldn’t get away from her
hometown of Tempest, Indiana quick enough. Overweight and
ruthlessly heckled by her fellow classmates, she even ran off
rather than speak as her class valedictorian. Her worst
humiliation, however, was when Duncan Henry asked her to the
prom, and then promptly stood her up to take the girl whose
abuse Allie suffered day in and day out. As soon as she was
able, Allie left Tempest with no intention of ever returning.
Now she finds herself back in Tempest, scouting a movie
location and shocked to discover that no one recognizes her,
not even Duncan. Allie knows she should be a better person but
she finds herself thinking about what a perfect opportunity
this is for revenge. Only the more time she spends with Duncan
the more she finds that she’s falling for him again. But when
the truth finally comes out, will the revenge Allie thinks
she’s been looking for blow up in her face?
With Really Something,
Shirley Jump gives us a story that is sweet and humorous.
Allie is easily a character that I’m sure many will be able to
identify with and Duncan is a hero with unexpected depths.
Although I wished for a little bit more of a resolution
between Allie and Duncan over the prom debacle and the ending
did seem a little rushed, I have to say that readers won’t go
wrong by picking up Really Something.