Final Grade: 93/A-
Review copy purchased
(Contest rules at the bottom of this post)
BLURB (via Amazon): Sixteen-year-old Jess Parker survives by staying invisible. After nine schools in ten years, she’s come to terms with life as a perpetual new girl, neither popular nor outcast. At Mt. Sterling High, Jess gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret club of the most popular girls in school, where makeovers are the first order of official business. But there’s more to being a Cindy than just reinventing yourself from the outside, a concept lost on Jess as she dives tiara-first into creating a hot new look.
With a date with her popular crush and a chance to finally fit in, Jess’s life seems to be a perfect fairy tale. That is until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s archenemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers her new sisterhood is about much more than who rules Mt. Sterling High School. It’s a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys need Jess on special assignment. But when the mission threatens to destroy her new dream life, Jess is forced to choose between this dream realized and honoring the Sisterhood. What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?
REVIEW: I’ll tell you right now, my girls are going to love this book! (Yes, I’m giving away this copy–but I’m so getting another one to put on my classroom shelf!) It’s all about girl power and standing up for yourself and standing up for those who need protecting, all great lessons that everyone should learn (though, unfortunately, some never learn).
The beginning of the book seems like one massive cliche: girl on the outside, mean girl who starts rumor about her and torments her endlessly, the crush on a hot guy who just happens to be the brother of the mean girl…but the author took these cliches and ran with them, creating something completely different.
The “good” girls, the ones with massive girl power and self confidence, are all part of a secret society, The Cinderella Society aka the Cindys. The “bad” girls are the Wickeds, also part of a secret society. (In this book, as in life, no one is completely good or bad; there’s always the potential to switch sides.) The Cindys and the Wickeds battle for the Reggies–the regular kids. If the Wickeds can bend the Reggies to their wills, they’ll have the Reggies in their power forever (meaning high school, college and beyond). The Cindys work to back the Reggies, helping them find their inner strength and stand up to the Wickeds. The Cindys and Wickeds are kind of good vs. evil, battling for the regular-type folks’ souls and a balance of power. Of course, the guys aren’t left out–there are Charmings and Villians (You can guess who goes with with, I’m sure), too.
While I loved this story, the whole girl power thing gets too in-your-face sometimes (I’m all for empowerment but, in a story, I need it to be a tad bit more subtle). “Wicked” thoughts being negative ones, being true to yourself, not putting others down, not dwelling on the embarrassing things were themes the author returned to time and time and time again. However, it didn’t effect my enjoyment of the overall story.
At the center of the story is Jess, who is just a Reggie until she gets invited into the Cinderella Society. The Cindys help her find true self and her confidence, pushing her to be all she can be (yes, there’s cheesiness just like that throughout the story but it’s kind of cute). And one thing she wants to be is hottie Ryan’s girlfriend (yay–romance!). But first, she has to gain confidence, find her style and get a makeover. She goes from someone being tormented by Wicked princess Lexy to someone who makes long speeches and stands up to said Wicked really quickly. Still, I liked her so I was willing to go with it. I’m not going to say any more about Jess and her rise to power because I don’t want to give out any spoilers.
This story is a great set-up for the next book: CINDY ON A MISSION (Coming out Spring 2011). I’m now invested in all the girl-power rah-rah and looking forward to Kay Cassidy’s next book. I want to find out if Jess wins…oh, wait. I can’t say any more without giving it away! Just go read it (or win it!). You’ll feel empowered after you do.
*******THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY CONTEST*********
Okay, honey bees! It’s time to enter to win your very own copy of THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY so you can find out what happens with Jess and Ryan and the Cindys and the Wickeds! Now, I haven’t quite figured out Google Docs yet (next contest, I promise) so we’re doing this the old fashioned way, through the comments. And keeping it simple. I’m all about simple.
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