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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, NYCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted February 27, 2008
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!!!
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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.
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Posted November 26, 2012
Posted October 27, 2008
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.
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Posted September 1, 2008
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.
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Posted May 8, 2013
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!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2013
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 & 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
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Posted December 9, 2012
This is a very cute modern-day "Cinderella" 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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted July 26, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2012
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 "Just Listen" "Something, Maybe" and "So Much Closer"! Have fun reading, it really is a great book! :DWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2012
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.
Posted March 20, 2012