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Children's LiteratureSamantha (Sam) had the perfect life until the day her dad died and left her to fend for herself against her wicked stepmother Fiona and her two dumpy daughters. Forced to live in the attic and work long hours at the family diner, Sam works overtime at school in order to graduate early and escape her horrible home. The only bright spot in this atrocious life is her secret admirer, Nomad. Sam and Nomad discovered each other on the Internet and had been Instant Messaging one another for months. It would have continued as only a cyber-love tale until Nomad decides that they must meet, and they plan to meet each other at their high school's Halloween dance. When Sam shows up dressed as Cinderella, she discovers that her "Prince Charming" is none other than her high school's hunky star football player, Austin. Afraid that he might not like the real her, she dashes from the dance without revealing her true identity, leaving her cell phone behind as the only clue. As Austin searches desperately for his "Cinderella," Sam battles with her fear of rejection and wonders what Austin would think if he knew who she really was. This story is a typical teen romance complete with goofy humor and several vicious rivals. Wasserman does an adequate job of adapting Leigh Dunlap's screenplay into a novel. Unfortunately, as the story unfolds, it is choppy in parts, and reads as if it were written in a hurry. Included are pictures from the movie starring Hilary Duff. This novel is perfect for middle school students. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 12 to 14.