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Book Two of the Cinderella Society series, Cindy on a Mission will be released Spring 2011!
Hardcover: 320 pages
Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider. So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it’s like something out of a fairy tale. Swept up by the Cindys’ magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she’s finally found her chance to fit in.Review
Then the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch-enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there’s more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside. She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.
Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her. Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn’t want to be seen with her in public? And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters? (Source)
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!
Just as a side note, the character of Lexy reminded me of Megan Fox in 'Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen'. She was so mean and ruthless! I think if the book becomes a movie, Megan Fox should definitely be in the running this character.