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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...more
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Fire & Ice Books
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Zoe and the Edge
"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...more
Rose
<3

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...more
Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦
First of all: WHY DOES THIS BOOK HAVE A HIGH RATING??

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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...more
Valerie Waters
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
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...more
Mindy
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.
Romantic Reading Escapes
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...more
Bee
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...more
Katie Watkins
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
Hilary
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!
Vidya-BooksAreMagic
-- 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:

Storylin...more
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
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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...more
Carla
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...more
Tonya
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...more
Eshal Smith
I loved this book, every girl can compare her secret crush with Mattie. In my case, this story totally fits me, I have this beautiful and very attractive sisters like Ella (ok no blonde). I understand each and every pain Mattie going through. I was so connected to this story I cried, cursed, laughed for mattie.

Mattie Lowe is may be not charming, attractive and famous but she is smart, quirky, faithful. She may be plain regular girl and she may be not perfect but she love what she is. Her sister...more
Catskillblogger
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...more
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....more
Sri
It's such an unbelievably cute story, I felt a little piece of me get crushed when it ended.
Barbara ✞ Centrum Permanebit ✞
I received a free copy of this book as an exchange for an honest review.

I have to say that I didn't expect loving this book. But I did. Congrats to Sariah Wilson!
Mattie is just like me, sarcastic and always pushing other people away to not get hurt. She hates her stepsister Ella and is in love with Ella's boyfriend Jake.
I have to disagree when Mattie says that she is the Cinderella. She's not. She's the "ugly" stepsister that in the end found out she's totally bad ass and Cinderella (Ella) can'...more
Aimee
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...more
Jordan McCollum
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...more
Dani
The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is another indie gem I ran across while trawling through Amazon's "... also viewed" lists looking for my next indie read. The indie market has become so overly saturated with mediocre reads that while I love reading and supporting amazing indies, I must admit to a greater feeling of apprehension at times. HOWEVER, this book put those fears to rest immediately as I found it to be exceptionally well-written and executed. It's laugh-out loud funny with fantastic hum...more
Jennifer
Cinderella has always been one of my favorite fairy tales so I am always on the lookout for interesting retellings of it. I stumbled across The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back a few weeks ago when I saw an ad about it being free (temporarily) on Amazon. Now, I am not one to turn my nose up at free books so I hopped on over there to buy it. And I am so glad I did! This was a real hidden jewel for me and I definitely recommend it to fans of sweet YA contemporaries with a fairy tale flair.

This book fe...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I wasn't sure what to expect upon hearing about THE UGLY STEPSISTER STRIKES BACK. The cover looked like a full-fledged fairy tale, so I immediately wanted it. When I started reading, however, it was clear that this wasn't the stepsister's version of Cinderella. For one thing, Mattie's dad married Ella's mom, and Mattie and her father aren't evil. Neither is Ella, though she does have a few do-gooder Cinderella-esque qualities. In fact, Mattie feels sub-par next to Ella, who is everything she isn...more
Julie
This book is hilarious. It's about a high school girl with pink hair who has a beautiful stepsister. The stepsister is also beautiful on the inside, does charitable work, everyone loves her, she's nice. It's easy to count the wrongs when you're the ugly stepsister. But it also sets up some really funny dialogue. I laughed out loud too many times to count.

Matilda hates her name and is madly in love with Jake, her stepsister's boyfriend. The book opens with Mattie going to detention for saying mea...more
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Don’t get me wrong. I’m not the sappy romance lover (cheesiness beware!) or the girly-girl book obsesser-overer, but sometimes, a girl’s just gotta have that one little treat! In this case, this book is the treat, and I’m the one patting my stomach after over-indulging. However, since this is a virtual treat, I don’t need to worry about getting back into shape.

I’ll be honest. I only read this book because at the time,...more
Laurie
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...more
Daniela
I've been looking for something light and fun to read. Something without supernatural creatures and post-apocalyptic settings. The minute I saw this on Amazon I knew I'd hit the jackpot. It took me a while to get through it, even though it's not that long, because I had to stop at just about every turn of the page and take the time to roll on the ground with laughter. It was some very serious business.
It's a perfect read for Disney fanatics and hormonal teenage girls. Sariah Wilson captures the...more
Rebecca
I read to be entertained. I am busy and I need something fluffy and fun that sucks me in, and this book did that for me. I liked it so much I stayed up later than I should reading it, and then I came over and had to turn the computer back on just so I could gush about it. Was it fabulous literature? No. It was a fun story. I'm not a fan of the classics. I'm a fan of entertainment and being taken somewhere else that doesn't include dishes and piles of laundry and screaming children. So this book...more
Richard (Bound & Determined...)
One evening, while we were reading on the couch, Rebecca ask me what I was reading. I told her. She kinda snickered and said, “Do you ever wonder why you read so many girly books?” And I honestly don’t know, but what I do know is that I’m glad I read them, ‘cause if I didn’t, I would never have come across The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back!

This book is cliché in all the right ways. Imagine She’s All That, A Cinderella Story, and any other sappy, silly teen movie about the awkward-girl-gets-popula...more
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