Monday, 13 December 2010
MG Monday: Review: The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
Title: The Cinderella Society
Series: The Cinderella Society
Author: Kay Cassidy
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: 13 April 2010
Source: UK Book Tours
Synopsis: From GoodReads
When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…
Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.
… be careful what you wish for.
Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.
What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?
I can't tell you how much I liked this book. A modern fairytale with buckets of girl power. I am so buying this series for my girls [ : D ]
Written in first person narrative from Jessica's (Jess) perspective. The new girl in school, she has moved around a lot due to her fathers job; cheer-leading is her haven. She is very insecure, afraid of being shunned this is exasperated by the fact that the meanest girl in school has a 'hate' campaign against her. Started due to Jess taking her place on the cheerleader; but is that all there is to it??
Kay Cassidy seems to have tapped into the core essence of most girls insecurities and simplified it yet dramatically conveyed the meaning/feeling. The manual and its ethos was fantastic, it left me wanting one so I could go through it with my daughters when they are older. The whole ideal of making the most of what you have, accentuating your good points while ignoring your imperfections was delightful to picture. Making me think that as girls/women this is what we should be doing rather than being 'slaves' to fashion. I should be taking notes [ : D ] The main point is that everyone is unique and this fact should be celebrated rather than trying to be a copycat.
Isn't it everyone's dream to have a terrific support network of friends that are there for you no matter what the circumstances. No peer pressure just acceptance for you to be who you are. Why isn't the real world like this??
Interwoven in the narrative you then have the giant battle of good versus evil, the blending of Wicca elements into everyday practice. I have to say that all the different elements within the plot really worked together even though they were so diverse. The word that keeps jumping into my mind is CUTE especially the romantic angle.
A refreshing light read chock full of girl power. A perfect book for a tween girl. Can I have the next one please.