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The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,212 Ratings  ·  535 Reviews
Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly h
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Fire & Ice Books
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♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥
“I sighed, because that's what unrequited love made you do. Sigh with self-pity.”

This was really cute. I never thought I could enjoy YA again but this book made a liar out of me. This a quick, light, and easy to read. Very funny. But very YA. Yup. Shocker, right?

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, as the title suggest is Cinderella flipped on its head because instead of Cinderella being the heroine, it's actually the ugly step sister who is. Mattie Lowe is your quintessential, manga-loving, sna
I loved this adorable take on the Cinderella story! Very clever, very sweet and tons of hilarious dialogue. Matilda--Mattie, for short--feels like a bum compared to her gorgeous, sweet, smart and selfless stepsister, Ella. Having been raised together by Mattie's dad since Ella's mom passed away, Ella represents everything Mattie isn't. They go to the same prestigious and rich high school, and while Mattie refuses to conform to the popular crowd, she does have a secret crush on the IT-GUY, Jake K ...more
Zoe and the Edge
Jan 22, 2015 Zoe and the Edge rated it it was amazing
"Salad isn't food. Salad is what food eats."

This book is so much more than I expected. The characters are wonderful but definitely not perfect. Sometimes I thought they were jerks but they're so alive and multi-dimensional. I absolutely adore multi-dimensional characters. Aaaaa....dore. I loved everything about this book from the plot delivery to the beautiful and timeless concepts of self-acceptance and love. But most of all I was enchanted with Mattie. She just makes everything so interesting

This book made me so happy. It reminded me so much of my reading experience with some of the other books I absolutely loved. Especially Fat Cat, Sean Griswold's Head and Flipped. If you're a fan of any of these books, you're bound to love The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back.

Mattie has been hopelessly in love with Jack Kingston since the age of 9. But before anything could happen between them he started dating her super nice, perfect stepsister Ella. Not like she believes that a guy like Jake w
Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦
Mar 26, 2013 Bèbè ✦ the Ryski ✦ rated it did not like it

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I want to keep this review short because I’m pretty sure this book killed few of my brain cells. I.FEEL.ABSOLUTELY.NOTHING. It’s like I read the book but I couldn’t connect with the characters even though the story line wasn't that bad. The main character, Mattie Lowe, was insecure, doubtful, with low self-esteem. And I’m sure that this was author’s intention of making her seem that way but personally I found it very annoying. Oh no, Jake loo
Valerie Waters
Sep 04, 2014 Valerie Waters rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness why didn't I read this book sooner?!?! I've had it on my kindle for so long. It was so cute! And clean!! I really liked it.
Olga Godim
Mar 02, 2014 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Clean, cute and sweet. How often such adjectives apply to YA fiction these days? They all apply to this book, and although I don't belong to its target readership, I enjoyed this quirky teenage romance.
Its protagonist Mattie is the ugly stepsister, or she thinks she is. Very insecure beside her beautiful, petite stepsister Ella, Mattie is steeped in her teenage angst.
• She loves the most desirable boy at school, but there is no way he could like her back.
• She is a talented manga artist but th
Katie W
Mar 21, 2013 Katie W rated it really liked it
Matilda (aka Mattie or Tilly) is a tall, awkward, fuschia haired, manga drawing girl with the perfect stepsister--Ella. I guess I'd always thought of Cinderella's stepsisters as being lazy, ugly, with big noses, big feet, and grating, irritating voices. In this modern re-telling, Mattie does not come off across as that way at all. In fact, I think she is just a very insecure girl. Her mother all but abandoned her when she was young and has very limited contact with her and her dad is a busy, dis ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Chrissy rated it really liked it
This is a good one! It was hilarious. I liked the personalities of both sisters. I liked how the book showed growth and development and moral strength of both sisters. Looking forward to reading more by this author!
Aug 31, 2012 Mindy rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. Very fun and enjoyable book. Adults will enjoy it as much as teens will. My daughter loved it too, even as much as me. Characters were fun. Ella was my favorite.
Nov 10, 2014 Amber rated it it was ok
I REALLY wanted to love this story...or even like it. However, the heroine is one of the most whiny, insecure, absurd characters I've ever come across.

She is in love with Jake, but why?? When our introduction to the guy is him getting mad and yelling at our heroine because she won't lie for him in detention, and them the very next day he is trying to get her to cheat for him on an assignment, I fell off of the "I love Jake" bandwagon. But wait, Mattie is in love with him despite all of these th
Sep 09, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
This is not your typical young adult teen romance. This book is such a sweet and funny Cinderella story about Mathilda (Mattie) Lowe, a manga artist, who perceives herself to be the ugly stepsister of Ella; the beautiful, perfect, and popular cheerleader.

Eighteen year old Mattie, with her fuscia streaked hair and non-prescription black-rimmed glasses (her crutch of sorts), is a defiant emo artist with with a long list of grievances against her perfect stepsister, Ella. Having never been kissed
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
Apr 10, 2013 Bee (Heart Full of Books) rated it it was amazing
Another free kindle book that I bought on whim that turned out to be AMAZING, and possibly one of my new favourites!

Firstly I love the main character - she is perfectly relate able, and I think a lot of girls feel they are in the same position as her, except perhaps without the flawless (step)sister, rich background and of course the pink hair! Mattie Lowe is amazing, and is now a heroine of mine.

The true colours of high school life are shown very clearly and realistically, which again is one
Jan 30, 2013 Hilary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-teen
Think Clueless meets Cinderella, but from the other side. It's fun, light-hearted, with nuggets of truth, and contains enough teenage angst to remind older folks how traumatic school really used to be. A great read!
-- The complete review is posted in Books Are Magic. --

THIS is what I call a good entertainer. Although I give some books 5 star rating, only very few move on to my 'favorites' shelf. And this book made it.

Sariah, you have got a die-hard fan from the minute I started this read. Thanks, 1000 times thanks for making this book so much fun. I JUST LOVED IT!!!

If there is some book this author is writing, just count me in! I am going to stalk her from now on..

So, this is the gist of the novel:

This is simply delightful! I loved Mattie’s voice in this surprisingly humorous and poignant story that is easy for most of us to relate to. There were many times I cackled out loud at some thought or antic. The pacing was perfect for this book; I just had to keep on reading to find out what would happen next.

Almost as endearing as Mattie is her step-sister Elle. Both girls are strong, independent and creative but pursue different outlets for their talents. Importantly, however, both have their
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
Mar 11, 2013 Isabel (Sab The Book Eater) rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
This review and more at Sab The Book Eater

Don't let the cover fool you. Seriously. I admit to being skeptical about the book at first because of the cover and the Cinderella-inspired plot. But once I started reading it, I couldn't stop!

I just love how incredibly well written this book is. I liked that the story incorporated a few Cinderella elements into it without letting them take over. I also liked that the story tackled things that teenagers would normally experience: envy, self-doubt, first
Aug 02, 2015 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Full of humor and teenage drama that had me laughing.

4.5 stars

I really enjoyed The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back. It was full of humor and sometimes laugh out loud teenage drama. Although our main character Mattie had some extremely serious issues that she was dealing with the book was light hearted and a lot of fun. It was great watching her self confidence grow and so fun to see her and her sweet sister Ella become best of friends. I was cheering for our Hero of the story Jake to turn out to
Paula  Phillips
Sep 07, 2014 Paula Phillips rated it liked it
The Ugly Stepsister strikes back centres on Matilda Lowe, an 18 year old Goth /wallflower. Mattie is overshadowed by her beautiful, talented, popular, stepsister Ella; the complete antithesis of Mattie and is desperately in love with Ella’s heartthrob boyfriend Jake Kingston. Seeking refuge in her sketching, Mattie’s life has been far from perfect and having Ella as a stepsister seems only to magnify her problems. When she gets a detention from a teacher for expressing a negative opinion about ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Carla rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very fun read and I enjoyed far more than I ever thought I would. The main character Mattie was hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud. I also found myself loving her personality and her hair! She said the funniest things. ellaishot Ella I Shot?

I really liked the other characters, well except for Mercedes (she was a total b.) Ella was such a cute character and there were times when I actually found myself relating to both Mattie and Ella. I think that's why I found
Kelly Oram
Feb 19, 2013 Kelly Oram rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
How super cute was this book? Okay, I am a sucker for a good Cinderella story, we all know that. And I love fun fluffy romantic comedies. So yes, this rating comes totally biased. But still I loved it. So super cute! I loved Tilly. So funny! And, I'm sorry, but how could you not love somebody who was literally named after Jake Ryan? LOL!
I received this book as part of the Read it and Reap program.

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I finished it in a day, I really loved how the story flowed! Mattie lives with her Dad and her stepsister, Ella. Mattie considers herself to be the Ugly Stepsister, Ella is perfect; a blonde cheerleader who everyone absolutely loves, including Mattie's crush Jake. The book begins with a list of Mattie's grievances against Ella, even though she can't bring herself to truly
Kathy Jo
Apr 27, 2014 Kathy Jo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loanable, owned
Why in the world did I wait so long to read The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back?! Oh my heck! It was adorable and I absolutely LOVED it!! Can't wait to read more books by Sariah Wilson!

May 09, 2014 Catskillblogger rated it liked it
I bought this after reading a review on here. It could have been worse. It could have been better...but it could have been worse. I think the thing that messed my enjoyment was the fact that I kept picturing that Cinderella type movie that Hillary Duff played in eons ago. You know, back when she was still relevant...if she ever was.

The funny thing is, aside from being very very loosely based on Cinderella...this book did not resemble that stupid movie. It was actually somewhat smart...and sort o
Marie Clarisse

“I sighed, because that's what unrequited love makes you do. Sigh with self-pity.”

Finally. A book with a main character that I could actually relate to. A main character with low self-esteem and a ton of insecurities, a passion for drawing, a love for anime and manga, and a one-sided attraction with someone who seems to be completely out of her league. A main character who isn't always brave, selfless and perfect like the other ones but would still fight for her dignity without backing down.
Jan 26, 2013 Sri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's such an unbelievably cute story, I felt a little piece of me get crushed when it ended.
Dec 22, 2014 Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2014
I have mixed feelings about this book, and at one stage I’ve wanted to give it a lower star rating than I did, but despite a few minor annoyances, I think I’ll stick with four stars. What could those minor annoyances possibly be, you might ask? Well, for starters, I couldn’t make up my mind whether I liked the protagonist or not. She has all the traits that I despise in YA female leads that aren’t properly fleshed out. For instance, she’s terribly insecure, doubts herself all the time, is indeci ...more
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I ended up really enjoying this one. I got it when it was a kindle freebie and I'm not sure why I waited so long to read it.

I liked Mattie. She starts with a low self-esteem, but I like how she sticks up for herself and stands up for what she believes in. She just doesn't see herself the way other people do. To say she was obsessed with Jake would be a it of an understatement, but I liked how even though she was all swoony about him, she still didn't let him push her around.

I just thought this
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Feb 20, 2013 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-for-review
4.5 stars

Love. I'm pretty sure you are going to read that word one too many times in this review but it just cannot be helped. This book was so cute and I just loved it.

Here's the thing. I have a teenage daughter that loves to read. She especially loves romantic teenage books but it is so hard to find those kind of books that are clean (no swearing, no sex). I practically become giddy when I find a book like The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back. It is full of all things teenager- school drama, boy c
Jordan McCollum
Nov 23, 2012 Jordan McCollum rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This book is so much fun. I was a little concerned before I read it, since it would be really easy to make Mattie's character so angry it wouldn't be fun to read, but Sariah handles Mattie very well! The characters felt very fun and well rounded. It's a great twist on Cinderella and a fun perspective.

I think my favorite story line was actually Mattie and her emotionally abusive mother. (Mini-spoiler: it led to my favorite of Mattie's triumphs.)

The romance develops very well over the course of th
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