Monday, June 7, 2010

Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

Cinderella Society 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?

Summary from

Okay, I’m a sucker for any book with the word princess in the title, and The Cinderella Society certainly got my attention.  Jess Parker might be on the varsity cheerleading squad, but she’s not popular like you would expect.  She’s moved around many times, always the new girl, always a cheerleader, but never really fitting in.  Life seems to be the same in her new town, but now she’s also being targeted by Lexi, whose spot she got on the cheerleading squad.  Jess is trying to stay under the radar, yet still hoping to fit in when she receives a mysterious invite to join the Cinderella Society.

The Cinderella Society and Elizabeth Eulberg’s Lonely Heart’s Club are two groups I wish I’d had in high school or college!  The Cinderella Society is filled with girls brimming with confidence and potential.  Jess doesn’t see how she fits in with their ranks, yet is excited about the promised makeover.  While the Cinderella Society has some romance, it’s really a story about fitting in, finding yourself, and being true to yourself.  It was an empowering read.  I’m excited to see what Jess and the Cindys will be up to next.

Cover 8/10

Plot 9/10

Characters 8/10

Ending 8/10

Mom Approval 10/10 I can’t recall anything I wouldn’t want a young teen reading :)

Total 43/50, a solid 86%