The Cinderella Society

The Cinderella Society

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by Kay Cassidy
     
 

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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

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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?

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Kirkus Reviews
Jess Parker, ace cheerleader, just wants to be invisible. On the last day of her crummy sophomore year, though, she receives an invitation to join the Cinderella Society. The Cindys promise Jess a place to fit in, tips to becoming self-confident and, most importantly, a makeover. These Cindys, however, are more Gallagher Girls than fairy-tale princesses. They're on a mission of international proportions to protect the balance of power between the Reggies (regular kids) from the Wickeds (mean girls), and Jess has been tapped as their next leader. Jess believes in the Cindy mission but often finds it to be stifling in its constant cheerfulness. Plot holes abound, including hints about Jess's unhappy family life, which are never resolved. More space is dedicated to clothing descriptions than to the plot, even though the first-person point of view ensures that readers will learn more about the Cindys as Jess spends more time with them. Jess's up-and-down romance is interesting to follow, but, like the other supporting characters, her love interest doesn't have much dimension. Sequel to come in Spring 2011. (Fiction. 12 & up)
Publishers Weekly
Sixteen-year-old Jess Parker is a good girl—not that that's gotten her anywhere socially. She's low on status at her new school, until she's plucked from oblivion by the Cindys, a secret society of girls who right social wrongs committed by the popular crowd. Unconfident Jess is shocked by this unexpected attention, but thrilled, too. This debut novel's resemblance to the Cinderella fairy tale ends with Jess's style makeover. It's mostly about an ongoing war between good and evil, mounted by the Cindys against the Wickeds, who “gain power by manipulating and dominating other kids,” as each group “battl[es] for the souls of the Reggies” (the Regular kids). With a largely black-and-white world view and rituals that sound like Sunday mass (talk of commandments, saving, and sacrifice is commonplace), the Cindys and their conflict with the Wickeds come across as a thinly disguised version of Christian spiritual warfare. Cassidy's novel reads like a mashup of a self-help manual for building girls' self-esteem and a conversion tool for a particular set of moral behaviors, with some nods to goddess spirituality. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—After attending a variety of schools, Jess Parker, 16, is an expert at blending in. However, when she transfers to Mt. Sterling High and takes Lexy Steele's cheerleading spot, Lexy's wrath makes her life unbearable. After standing up to her on behalf of another bullied student, Jess comes to the attention of the most popular girls at school. Soon she is initiated into a secret society of women called the Cinderella Society. When Jess joins her local chapter of the Cindys, she also joins a vast international group that includes many of the most powerful women in the world. The mission of the Cindys is to take down their opposing group, the Wickeds, and protect the rest of the regular population, or the Reggies. The local chapter of the Wickeds is led by Lexy, of course. When Jess joins the Cindys, she is at first only interested in the fabulous makeover that she will get and the opportunity to come to the attention of Ryan Steele, Lexy's brother and the resident hot guy at school. In time, she becomes more invested in protecting the Reggies and taking down the Wickeds. While her move into the elite stratosphere of high school is sudden, the characters are multidimensional and the plot is well paced. This story will appeal to girls who dream of becoming accepted within their own schools. Some elements are not fully explained here, but may be explained in the planned sequel.—Laura Amos, Newport News Public Library, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606841501
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life. She is a former college cheerleader and sorority alum, an MBA and a member of Mensa. Kay is also the founder of the national Great Scavenger Hunt ContestTM reading program for kids and teens and the host of the inspirational Living Your FiveTM Web project. She hopes that The Cinderella Society, her first novel, will inspire readers to embrace their inner Cindy. Visit Kay online at www.kaycassidy.com.

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The Cinderella Society 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
The message behind The Cinderella Society is a positive one that should be shared with all girls. It encourages self-esteem, character, love for self and others, and hard work with a promise of a happily-ever-after (boyfriend not included). While the concept for The Cinderella Society is attractive and undeniably wonderful, the characters and story left me wanting. I thought there was too much emphasis in the details of the Cinderella Society and not enough time spent on interactions between the characters to move the story along. I hope that the sequel will flesh out Jess and the other characters since the stage has been set.
Bryce Livingston More than 1 year ago
i bought the actual book and its one of my new favorite books! its so good , i read it all in one night . And i cant wait till the second one comes out ! and i also lent it to two of my closest friends and they loved it too!
CleverlyInked More than 1 year ago
Jess Parker has hit the high school lottery by being welcomed into Cinderella Society. Thank goodness for that because she just hit Lexy's radar. I loved the idea of this book. I think it is a great influence on a lot of teens. It shows what true friendship could mean. Jess Parker may still have some thing to over come but at heart you can tell she wants to do what's right. I still feel deep down that Lexy can't be ALL bad. I also have a feeling in the next series Jess may have her hands full. Especially dating Lexy's brother. What a fresh idea for girl empowerment. I plan on reading all the Cinderella Society books as they release. Yes, Yes Kay Cassidy did a stupendous job on Cinderella Society!
bookloverLM More than 1 year ago
really cute!!!! great read!!! 325 pages
horsegirl727 More than 1 year ago
I have to be admit that I feel a little silly being an adult and having read this book. I was entertained in a total teen fiction sort of way. I think preteens would really enjoy this book. It has definite strong "girl power" undertones, and I'm all for encouraging girls to become strong, kind, intelligent women. This book is about a worldwide secret women's society that concerns itself with the mean girls of high school. It's entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read! Good against Evil in high school! This is defenitly a book you want to read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I really enjoyed the love twists! This book really encoirages girls to stick up to bullies.
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addictedtobooks97 More than 1 year ago
This book is all about girls taking charge and fighing for what they believe in. It is for the girl who knows what she wants will not stop to achieve it!!
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The Cinderella Society is a an amazing and inspiring book for all teenage girls that might be struggling at school in social life or even the most popular girls in school. This book is inspiring because it teaches girls how to survive in high school so even though you might think your a nobody anything could happen. As in you think you are invisible and feel no one knows your even alive. But really they people know your there and they could actually want to be your friend and like you. That is the amazing part of the book, that you get that feeling that anything can happen and your not alone in the world, you¿ll always have those sisters. You will always have your own Cinderella Society, your own Cindy¿s to always have your back. Even though there are always going to be those Wickeds against you, but that will be your mission to complete throughout your life. Sometimes you will have to be the leader and stand up for the normal people who might not be as popular as you, and honestly they will be so happy that you would do that for them. Overall just like Jess is going through her life one step at a time helping one Reggie at a time and defeating one Wicked at a time life will all sort out in the end.
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wp_memoirs More than 1 year ago
The Cinderella Society is not Cinderella's alternate version, it's more like the idea of what the Cinderella story represents . and I explain; since its first version, the Cinderella story has meant for many girls the possibility that dreams can come true. Having a message against high school cliques and a strong girl power support, Cassidy delivers us her first novel. Jess, the main character and story narrator, is not a common girl; she's an extraordinary girl that doesn't realize her potential and capacity for a handful of situations from the beginning of the story. She has never felt part of a group and she's constantly verbally assaulted by her foe Lexy, her crush's Ryan sister . until the day she receives a particular invitation. It is there where she'll find not only friends, but also a secret that has been part of two family generations and many influential women around the world. I really enjoyed how the author worked the structural part of the story and character development. In this last aspect, it's incredible how Cassidy presents these wonderful characters to us: the "cindys" and the "charmings", but it takes us far away from this perfection version and it's molded in a realistic way that can be measured in real terms, a very admirable aspect from the author in my humble opinion. The reader could have a general idea on what this society consists of and the end is although there will be much more to discover in the already scheduled sequel. With an entertaining, original and inspirational story, The Cinderella Society will make girls, youngsters and adults wish for a fairy godmother who recites the next magic phrase: Welcome to the Sisterhood! _____________________________________ Teacher's Note: http://windowpane-memoirs.com/
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY, by Kay Cassidy, created a modern twist on the classic story of a diamond in the rough rising above negativity to land her Prince Charming. But in high school,it is a bit more complicated than that. I absolutely fell in love with this book. Kay Cassidy completely reinvented Cinderella to contemporary times. The drama was intensified and the fight against evil was not as easy as a wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Jess Parker just wanted to get through high school doing what she loved, cheerleading. But in her case, cheerleading did not make her popular. She was constantly being bullied, which lowered her self-esteem. And her lack of confidence prevented her from taking initiative against her tormentors. With the help of some 'fairy-godmothers', Jess received the guidance she was looking for, just in time. The major themes in this book certainly concern everyone in high school at some point. At that age, teens are insecure and vulnerable to the situations that surround them each day, and survival of the fittest definitely holds true. Bullies do not make this transition to adulthood any easier, but serve as a towering obstacle that could make or break you. The Wicked's were a jump back in time to my high-school days, where girls could be ruthless for no reason. But these heartless acts feed into their own insecurities. They were definitely a force to be reckoned with. I loved the Cinderella-like transition that Jess went through in this book. This 'fantasy' journey through her physical and psychological makeover make this story enchanting. And the support system that these girls created was incredible and inspiring. The Cindy's worked hard within their organization to create the best version of themselves. This book is a great pathway for young teen girls to follow to achieve anything they dream. The relationship between Jess and Ryan was a great example of real-life relationships, which are not always perfect. Ryan was extremely sweet and kind-hearted but only when they were alone. And since Jess was on sensory overload with her metamorphosis, her fear of rejection from Ryan clouded her goals within the Cinderella Society. I appreciated the fact that Cassidy veered off the typical young-adult-book path and did not make it easy between these two. Great relationships take work and effort to be successful, but in the end it is well worth it. I was happy for the change in pace and the realistic nature of this couple, it kept my heart-pounding in anticipation of whether or not they would make it. Overall, the ideas that this book encompassed were utterly fantastic. The drive to succeed after learning to accept yourself is an excellent framework for young adults. The ability to get passed physical insecurities to shape your mind is a great asset. I give two major thumbs up to this book and I cannot wait for the sequel!
Stacey_C More than 1 year ago
Jess is the career new girl, but when she moves back to her mother's home town, she might have just found a place she can call home while starting the journey to find herself. Jess is a wonderfully realistic character. Kay has done a great job of balancing Jess's successes and setbacks. Jess is not 100% perfect once she becomes a Cindy (Cindy is what the members of The Cinderella Society call themselves - they are "Cindies" or "a Cindy"); she makes bad choices along the way just like anyone does. But Jess learns for those mistakes and she becomes a better Cindy and person because of it. I can't wait to continue reading about Jess's journey. This book is not only about Jess, it's about this great society, The Cinderella Society. TCS is a great organization that helps empower girls and fights against the Wickeds. This is a fictional society, but as you read the book, you realize it's something we can all do in our own lives. TCS gives Jess and it's members the tools to be the best you can bee, but it's how you use those tools determine where you go in life. Kay has also created some great side characters! Jess's love interest, Ryan Steele, is also on his own journey. He's the brother of Jess's arch-enemy, and has his own demons to work through. We also meet some of Jess's Cindy Sisters. They are not just 2 dimensional background characters, we learn bits about them that make you care for them as much as you do for Ryan and Jess. Even the Wickeds get their time to be explained beyond the fact that they are just the bad guys. Kay has done a great job of really exploring the lives of all her characters and I'm super excited for book 2, Cindy on a Mission, out in spring 2011.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Jess hates her school and desperately needs to find friends to keep her off of the mean girls' radar. On the final day of the school year (after two humiliating events), she finds an envelope in her bag inviting her to a secret society. At first, she thinks it's just another prank, but then she realizes that it's for real. Jess has no idea why they want her, but she's willing to find out why. The Cindys recruit girls with special powers of kindness, leadership, and generosity, and the group includes some of the most popular girls in school. There's a long-standing tradition of The Cindys nationwide - battling the Wickeds, their evil counterpart. This year, the Wickeds have doubled in size, proving that something's afoot. It's a lot of information for Jess to take in, but she's super-excited about the makeover given to all of The Cindys upon their initiation. Soon, she's picking out her own signature style and having her hair and makeup professionally done. So far, everything about the group has been great, but there's a lot of work ahead of her. In the midst of the battle for good and evil, Jess snagged the boy she's been crushing on since she moved to town. The Cindys have given Jess a mission to uncover information, but once Jess has it, she can't let go. Will she go against The Cindys and their ways to battle her nemesis? THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY is the first book in a new series. I LOVED this book for several reasons, including the title (love stories about Princesses), the cover (which is awesome), and the story just rocks. There are makeovers, secret societies, romance, and snarky showdowns. Add this to your list of books to read!
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Jess hates her school and desperately needs to find friends to keep her off of the mean girls' radar. On the final day of the school year (after two humiliating events), she finds an envelope in her bag inviting her to a secret society. At first, she thinks it's just another prank, but then she realizes that it's for real. Jess has no idea why they want her, but she's willing to find out why. The Cindys, recruits girls with special powers of kindness, leadership, and generosity and includes some of the most popular girls in school. There's a long standing tradition of the Cindys nationwide - battling the Wickeds, the evil counterpart. This year, the Wickeds has doubled in size, proving that something's afoot. It's a lot of information for Jess to take in and she's super excited about the makeover given to all the Cindys upon their initiation. Soon, she's picking out her own signature style and having her hair and makeup professionally done. So far, everything about the group has been great, but there's a lot of work ahead of her. In the midst of the battle for good and evil, Jess snagged the boy she's been crushing on since she moved to town. The Cindy's have given Jess a mission to uncover information but once Jess has the information, she can't let go. Will she go against the Cindys' way to battle her nemesis? This is the first book in a new series - with the next book out in 2011. I LOVED this book for several reasons including the title (love stories about Princesses), the cover is awesome, plus the story rocks. There's makeovers, secret societies, romance, and snarky showdowns. I can't wait until the sequel!
Cheer_Lover More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book but it is not what the title says. Really it has nothing to do with Cinderella. It is a very challenging book. I would recommend this book to someone who either wants to read a book just for fun or for someone who is into cheer, having self confidence, and helping other people in trouble and stuff like that. If you plan to read this book assume that it is about what the title of the book is. Overall i liked this book but it wasn't all that great
babycat More than 1 year ago
Only two words can describe this book series amazingand inspirational. This book features some very strong female heroines and also a few evil ones too. There are two core societies in this book the Cinderella's, aka the Cindy's, and the Wicked. The Cindy's consist of a group of strong independent young women who choose to inspire and lift people up, instead of being a mean wicked and constantly getting a high in putting people down. This book is a must read due to intriguing storyline of the main character, Jess Parker. Jess is a strong individual who stands up for the weak. In the beginning of the book, she would be classified as a loner or outcast in her high schools hierarchy. She is constantly berated by the wicked. When she finally finds her voice , it is then that her true journey can begin. The Cinderella Society is a group of strong women that have fought the battle of good vs. evil for centuries. Personally, I wish I could join a group like the Cindy's. Kay Cassidy has put a new spin on a classic tale, where good can prevail over evil. I can not wait for the next book in this powerful series.