The Low Down: A teen twist on an old favorite, Cindy Ella tells the familiar tale of stepmother, stepsisters, fairy Godmother, Prince Charming and unexpected love while moving it to the shadow of Rodeo Drive. It’s prom season, and in superficial LA, that’s all anyone can talk about. Even though sophomores can only go if invited by a junior or senior, it seems like everyone at Castle Hills High School is going. Except Cindy. Especially since her letter to the editor of the school newspaper was published. So now she’s something of a social paraiah, having written about how prom is nothing more than a big business, populars only, female-gets-prince fantasy.
At least her two best friends will stick by her. They’ll sit by her at lunch. And her IM friend in New York City sympathizes with her. Is it weird to have a best friend that you’ve never met? Cindy and BklynBoy may live an entire country’s width apart, but ever since he left a comment on her now-defunct blog, they’ve IMd daily. He knows her better that almost anyone, including who is her secret crush, Adam Silver. Senior, super hot, totally unattainable. But then Cindy meets Noah, her new SAT tutor. He’s 23, gorgeous and is a man, not a boy.
So what happens when her two besties have their own reasons for going to prom? Will Noah do a little magic of his own and make Cindy the happiest girl ever?
What I Thunk: Cindy Ella is a very cute take on Cinderella with many nods to the original tale that you will enjoy finding. My daughter read this first, so it came highly recommended from her. It’s a fun, humorous story with enough romance that your parents will insist on your being home by midnight. What made me laugh in that annoying I-am-an-adult-so-I-know-so-much-more-than-you way is the activism. I knew girls like this when I was in school (and perhaps I was that girl more than once myself). Something gets you riled up, then it becomes a cause, and before you know it, you’ve painted yourself into a corner. That’s OK, though…these are the times that help you figure out who you are and what’s important to you.
The Bottom Line: It’s a light, quick & sweet book, so bibbidi, bobbidi…read!
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer was published February 7, 2008 by Speak. Ink and Page purchased this book, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
Ages: 12 and up
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