Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy Review

Title: The Cinderella Society
Author: Kay Cassidy
Genre: YA
Page Count: 322
Book Type: Library Hardcover
Publisher: Egmont USA
ISBN: 978-1-60684-017-7
Picture from Amazon
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?

My Review: The cover is fairly eye-catching, using the classic Cinderella glass slipper; however, I feel that it isn’t really a fair representation of the book. The Cinderella Society’s main goal doesn’t involve shoes and shopping. Sure, a makeover is part of the process, but it is all leading up to a confident, put together you that helps others. I’m not really sure what I was expecting from looking at the cover, but I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t the story that Cassidy delivered.
That does not mean that I did not enjoy the book. It wasn’t one of my favorites, but it wasn’t one of my least favorites either. I would give it a very average rating; however, if I was between 13 and 16 years old, that rating would probably grow. This is a story about finding your inner strength, becoming a better you and knowing that making mistakes is okay. It is all about finding a support system and helping others find one of their own. 
My main problem with the book was that the main character, Jess, got a little bit whiney at some points. Sure, a lot was put on her plate right away, but she had one of the best support systems ever. She just maybe didn’t utilize it in the proper way. There will be a sequel to this book and I think I will check it out from the library when it comes out. That’s probably all I have to say about this one (which might speak more for how I felt about this book than anything I wrote above). Nothing major to say in either a positive or negative direction. 
How about you, have you read this one yet? 

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I thought this book might be all fluff, but it's been getting good reviews.
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