currently reading: Pale Phoenix
written by Robin Palmer
Cindy Ella is one of those books that's actually incredibly difficult to judge. The Cinderella re-telling has been done to death, but the fractured fairy-tale fanatic in me thought this one was actually pretty good, although I'm not entire sure Cinderella was so ridiculously shallow. I was hooked from the very beginning, thinking that Cindy was going to be this awesome hippie activist standing up for the little people, but while reading, this view changed quite a lot. While she says she's an activist, her actions didn't exactly go along with her words, and I found India a much bigger activist than Cindy could ever be. India goes to prom, while Cindy does not, and yet, India really doesn't come off so balloon-headed. Cindy claims to be anti-prom, but then she goes falling all over random guys. For all those YA books out there that are about independent strong girls, there really is an awful lot of flirting in all of them, and this certainly seems to follow that pattern. I found some parts of the book to be dreadfully predictable, and others just plain dreadful (the reveal of BklynBoy's identity falling in both categories), and the ending just didn't do it for me.