Title: Cindy Ella
Author: Robin Palmer
Publisher: Speak (February 7, 2008)
The Best Dress.
The Best Shoes.
The Best Date.
Cindy Ella Gold is sick of it all.
Prom fever has infected LA - especially Cindy's two annoying stepsisters, and her overly-Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all.
But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she's committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, yoga goddess India and John Hughes-worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy's crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there's still the rest of the school to deal with.
With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of flip-flops, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.
Cindy was a funny and understanding protagonist that I could relate to. Her family and her friends were hilarious to get to know! I also liked her relationship with her best friends Malcolm and India. They are two people that I would love to hang with! They're always comfortable and honest with each other; just how a friendship should be like.
The plot, of course, stayed true to the original Cinderella plot with a lot more twists. Her step-sisters didn't seem as mean and she had a little brother...of course, there's the whole similarity to The (with ). It wasn't as original as it could have been.
I loved the ending! It was so cute and it tied up the whole novel nicely. Overall, Cindy Ella is a cute, quick read with quirky characters that you are sure to enjoy! =)