Cindy Ella

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Overview

The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy, from the author of Geek Charming.

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, ...

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Overview

The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy, from the author of Geek Charming.

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, the 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 heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Waldrop
Cindy Ella is the classic modern Cinderella story. Cindy is a high school girl who does not fit in with the popular crowd and has never had a date that was not set up by her stepmother. Her stepsisters, who have countless dates and friends despite their ditzy demeanor, highlight these shortcomings. When Cindy writes a negative letter to the newspaper about prom, she goes from unpopular to outcast. With the help of her two best friends, her tutor, and her online love interest, Cindy manages to get through the difficulty of standing alone in an environment that is all about fitting in, and even finds her Prince Charming. Unfortunately, this tale is not a positive addition to the list of Cinderella stories. Cindy herself is a sarcastic, unlikable heroine and through her eyes, the other characters do not come off much better. Her best friends, her sisters, and her family are one-dimensional, straight from stereotype characters that never cease to do exactly what is expected. By the end, Cindy and her friends live happily ever after, but by that time, it is hard to be happy for them. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
School Library Journal

Gr 5-9- Likable sophomore Cindy is completely out of place in her materialistic Los Angeles private school, and her scathing anti-prom letter to the school newspaper only serves to diminish her status to pariah. Cindy can't believe that every single article focuses on the upcoming prom. Where are the articles on global warming, AIDS, or curing cancer? The student body is appalled by her missive, as are her twin stepsisters Ashley and Britney and her overly botoxed, clueless stepmother. The only people who understand are Cindy's BFFs, India and Malcolm; her IM pal, "BklynBoy"; and, surprisingly, her secret crush, Adam. But to the teen's dismay, even India and Malcolm elect to attend the senior prom, leaving her planning to stay home-until she discovers that BklynBoy has other ideas. This formulaic, fairy-tale-based romance will be a favorite with girls, mostly because Cindy is such a wonderful character-thoughtful, intelligent, pretty, and kind. The happy ending is predictable, but that doesn't diminish the enjoyment. A particularly refreshing feature is that while current adolescent issues (sex, drugs, anorexia) are mentioned, giving the novel greater depth, they're not the focus.-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142403921
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/7/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 956,775
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Palmer grew up in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and graduated from Boston University before she hit the road for Hollywood. Starting as an assistant in the television literary department of the William Morris Agency, she quickly moved up the ranks and spent the next decade as a literary agent, producer, and television network executive at Lifetime Television, where she developed over one hundred scripts and oversaw the production of over thirty of the cable network's original movies. In 2001, she remembered that she had originally intended to spend her life either as a writer or a toll booth collector (so she could indulge her penchant for spending her days alone reading), but as there are no toll roads in southern California, she decided to give the writing thing a try. Since then, she's written everything from screenplays to essays to a novel to a preschool guide. Although she's constantly threatening to move, she currently resides in New York City.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    BEST CHICK FLICK BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!

    I thought this book was so cute, and it was the best chick flick ever created!!! Its so 21 century, and realtes to people in todays society. Its a very clever book that will make you in shock!! I couldnt stop laughing in this book!!! I love how Robin put in some humor!!! I encourage her to write a sequal 100 and a billion percent. A smile will spread across your face as you read this book. I reccomend it to EVERYONE who loves a cute, fun, amazing book to read!! I seriously couldnt ask for more of a perfect ending. It litterally was PERFECT!!! I loved it, and im sure you will too!!!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

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    This book is good!

    This book has a very interesting twist! You don't expect the ending. It's very much like her other book, Geek Charming. Good as well.
    Robin Palmer is a great writer for teens.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Cindy¿s tired of hearing about the prom everywhere she goes. She¿s so tired of it that she writes a letter to the editor of the school newspaper bashing the prom. She targets the superficial traditions of the search for the right dress, the best shoes, and the popularity contests of the king and queen.<BR/><BR/>Instead, she wishes that people would obsess over real world problems. Unfortunately, she¿s about the only one who feels this way -- and now the whole school¿s decided that she really is a freak.<BR/><BR/>Besides her two best friends (who ARE going to the prom), three people back up Cindy in her ideals. Her father is impressed with her letter, her gay SAT tutor admires her guts, and the boy she IMs thinks she¿s got the right idea. In fact, he turns out to be the uber-popular Adam Silver, who would rather take Cindy out on a date during prom night, but never to the prom.<BR/><BR/>This modern fairy tale takes the ball out of the equation, but still shows that the prince can fall for the princess and that they can have fun on their own terms.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Wonderful book

    I loved this book and recommend' it to any 7th or 8th grader. It has a great beginning, great plot, the characters have amazing personalities and you'll never guess the ending. It was really fun to read this novel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Well

    It was ok bt not great defenatly for older teens or mature teens.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Cindy Ella

    Good innapropriate at times but just a little but very good highly reccomend it for ages 11+

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Horses Rule 101 (Awesome Book)

    This is one of my favorite books ever!!!! You will not be able to put it down once you start. For the girls out there who haven't found a prince charming this is a must read. This is also for guys who like someone and are not sure how to tell them that they like them. I hope you'll read and enjoy this book as much as I did!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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    Rating: 3 The Low Down: A teen twist on an old favorite, Cin

    Rating: 3




    The Low Down: A teen twist on an old favorite, Cindy Ella tells the familiar tale of stepmother, stepsisters, fairy Godmother, Prince Charming and unexpected love while moving it to the shadow of Rodeo Drive. It’s prom season, and in superficial LA, that’s all anyone can talk about. Even though sophomores can only go if invited by a junior or senior, it seems like everyone at Castle Hills High School is going. Except Cindy. Especially since her letter to the editor of the school newspaper was published. So now she’s something of a social paraiah, having written about how prom is nothing more than a big business, populars only, female-gets-prince fantasy.




    At least her two best friends will stick by her. They’ll sit by her at lunch. And her IM friend in New York City sympathizes with her. Is it weird to have a best friend that you’ve never met? Cindy and BklynBoy may live an entire country’s width  apart, but ever since he left a comment on her now-defunct blog, they’ve IMd daily. He knows her better that almost anyone, including who is her secret crush, Adam Silver. Senior, super hot, totally unattainable. But then Cindy meets Noah, her new SAT tutor. He’s 23, gorgeous and is a man, not a boy.




    So what happens when her two besties have their own reasons for going to prom? Will Noah do a little magic of his own and make Cindy the happiest girl ever?




    What I Thunk: Cindy Ella is a very cute take on Cinderella with many nods to the original tale that you will enjoy finding. My daughter read this first, so it came highly recommended from her. It’s a fun, humorous story with enough romance that your parents will insist on your being home by midnight. What made me laugh in that annoying I-am-an-adult-so-I-know-so-much-more-than-you way is the activism. I knew girls like this when I was in school (and perhaps I was that girl more than once myself). Something gets you riled up, then it becomes a cause, and before you know it, you’ve painted yourself into a corner. That’s OK, though...these are the times that help you figure out who you are and what’s important to you.




    The Bottom Line: It's a light, quick &amp; sweet book, so bibbidi, bobbidi...read!




    Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer was published February 7, 2008 by Speak. Ink and Page purchased this book, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.




    Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
    Ages: 12 and up
    You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Omg click me!!!!!

    I love these series. Any teen may read this!!!! Thx for reading me

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a very cute modern-day "Cinderella" story. Yo

    This is a very cute modern-day &quot;Cinderella&quot; story. You fall in love with the characters, and get a glimpse of just how important the high school prom is beginning to be for teens everywhere. The ending is great and really sweet, and it's definitely the perfect book to make you smile. I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    if u like this you'll love...

    If u like this book, read shrinking violet! It is well writen and also aout prom and love and family strugells

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    CHeck it out. Great book!

    I read this book and loved it. I love the Cinderella fairy tale. This is a great modern day adaptation of Cinderella. The characters are real and are people i would probably meet in real life. It is written beautifully. I am gonna check out more books by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    This sounds good...

    I just read the comments on this book and i might as well go to the library and check it out today! :D

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Cinderella

    Awesome spin on the famous story of Cinderella! I love it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

    AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Good life lesson

    I love this book it so good i going to read mire

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Sample

    WARNING the free sample doesn't have any of the book. Great read however :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Okay... at first when I saw this book I thoguth it was going to

    Okay... at first when I saw this book I thoguth it was going to be extremely lame, but it is a wonderfully written book. It had an adorable story line and the characters were super funny and fun to read about. It was a little predictable (see brklynboy) but it was wrapped up nicely and I think you will enjoy it! I also recommend &quot;Just Listen&quot; &quot;Something, Maybe&quot; and &quot;So Much Closer&quot;! Have fun reading, it really is a great book! :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    One of the best

    This is one of the best books ever!!!!!!! I think ever girl should read this books. If you want me to recomed other good books i make you headline B@. I always sign my posts like this.
    B@

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Good so far...

    I just startedreading for la project and there is some funny humor. But should be in 6-8th grade to read!!!

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