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From Barnes & NobleAshley Ella Toral is what you would call a typical 14-year-old girl. She can't stand her twin stepsisters, her love life is one big crush, and her appearance at the biggest party of the year just might turn into a disaster! But the twist in this story is the very eerie similarities that Miss Ashley has with Cinderella. Her father and mother are dead, leaving her under the questionable supervision of her stepmother, Phyllis. Ashley's twin stepsisters are the epitome of annoyance, and they get away with everything. Always doing the chores around the house (and in this version, a caked and dirty barbecue grill replaces that dusty chimney), Ashley can barely get the twins to help. And the biggest bash of her high school career, a New Millennium's Eve Party at a very posh country club, is all the talk around town. Ballgowns, tuxedos, and limos prevail -- what could be greater? Well, if she could go without hassle from her stepmom and maybe buy a new dress and shoes, Ashley would be happy. But Phyllis has other plans. The twins need a babysitter, and her brilliant idea includes sending them to the party with Ashley! Nothing could be more devastating.
But in this modern fairy tale, Ashley does have a fairy godmother -- her grandma. Gram lets Ashley in on a little secret -- she's won the lottery! But before telling Phyllis, she hooks up Ashley with new threads and a cell phone. Primed to meet her potential dreamy sweetheart of a date, Ashley heads out for a New Millennium's Eve she'll never forget.