Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Review: The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…
Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.
… be careful what you wish for.
Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.
What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore? (From Goodreads)
When I finished The Cinderella Society, I wanted to hug it and then give it to every girl I know.
It's a fabulous book. Full of strong messages about empowerment, friendship, being true to yourself, helping others and making a difference with your actions rather than looking the other way.
Jess is a great main character. Her reaction, to being recruited as a Cindy, is a mixture of utter awe and excitement and utter terror that they picked the wrong girl. I was rooting for her, cheering for her and cringing for her, throughout the book. She's also incredibly funny. I loved her comments on events and other characters, and she narrates the best first date scene I think I've read. I giggled and emphasized throughout it.
The other characters are interesting too. I liked that Ryan, Jess' swoon worthy crush, had his own issues and demons to deal with (and hoo-ray for boys being mean to girls and totally being called on it!*) I also liked that Lexy, Jess's Wicked counterpart and Ryan's little sister (oooh I sense drama in book2!), wasn't shown in a completely negative light. Yes she's mean, but Kay shows how she might have gotten that way.
I highly recommend you go and order a copy of The Cinderella Society today or come back tomorrow to try and win a copy!
* The being called on it, not the being mean
Thanks to Daisy Whitney for organizing this blog tour for The Cinderella Society