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Cindy Ella

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,183 Ratings  ·  322 Reviews
The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy, from the author of Geek Charming.

Prom fever has infected LA—especially Cindy’s two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the ga
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 7th 2008 by Speak
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Oct 01, 2012 Jonababez rated it it was amazing
OMG! This is the coolest retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale that I've ever read! I am now officially a fan of Robin Palmer, and I'm going to buy and read her other books! Yeah, yeah, I need to calm down! Ok, *deep sigh*, I admit I decided to read this because I was hoping it'll make me happy after readng a horrible one. And now, I'm happy to say that this book really made my day and has erased all my memories of the horrible book I was talking about earlier. (I'm not going to mention the tit ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Cindy’s tired of hearing about the prom everywhere she goes. She’s so tired of it that she writes a letter to the editor of the school newspaper bashing the prom. She targets the superficial traditions of the search for the right dress, the best shoes, and the popularity contests of the king and queen.

Instead, she wishes that people would obsess over real world problems. Unfortunately, she’s about the only one who feels this way -- and now the whol
May 29, 2009 Juli rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009, new-in-2009
I can't believe I finished this book (or ever picked it up). My only excuse is that it was the ONLY book I hadn't read for miles around, and I needed to read something to sleep. This book definitely put me to sleep. It's meant for YA readers, but I think it's beneath them and is dumbed down, and it reminds me of the things that irritated me most about the middle of the Princess Diary series by Meg Cabot, except worse, because this book has whole excerpts from IM sessions with net/text speak. And ...more
Oct 02, 2008 CONVICT$CONNIE rated it liked it
Shelves: q1-2008
Cindy Ella is a witty sort of "anti fairy tale." In this book the main characters name is Cindy Ella, which is a very ironic name for this teen. She lives with two stepsisters and an overly Botoxed stepmother, her father is always working and never home. However, unlike the real Cinderella, her blended family is trying to get her to the ball, but Cindy is NOT going for it, she has sent in a letter to the school newspaper that is 100% against prom. Has she committed social suicide, or has she cau ...more
Chelsea Nicole
Nov 13, 2013 Chelsea Nicole rated it it was ok
Cindy Ella Gold doesn't want to go to prom because she claims to be a feminist, yet she's pushing for someone to fall in lover with her desperately. The main character is supposed to be a sophomore and she's in love with a senior and even at one point a twenty three year old. she believe they are both her soul mate somehow. She has dreams of becoming a writer but this is never actually proven all she does is talk about it and writes a letter to the editor in the very beginning.I'm not sure why t ...more
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Jennifer (Schenni's Book Nook)
Unfortunately this book was a big disappointment. I was really looking forward to the whole popular guy and outsider girl storyline. The only problem was that I completely agreed with all the kids in school who were avoiding Cindy, so it was impossible to feel sympathy towards her. I'm from Austria, which means we don't have a prom, but I'm well aware that a lot of people are working extremely hard to make this one night as great as possible. The way Cindy dressed down everyone just because they ...more
Nov 29, 2013 Princess rated it really liked it
This is my second best favorite book that resembles a fairy tale like Cinderella. I loved how there were twists and turns around every corner that got me saying "WHAT?!" or "OMG! I did not see that coming!". It had a plot that, not me personally could relate to, but would actually have the chance of relating to someone in real life, even though it was a YA Fiction book. I gave this book 4 stars because it was an awesome read, but I just wish the ending didn't come so fast that it made it seem un ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Anna added it
X this book was really cute it was extremely short but it was a fun cake on the Cinderella story
Jan 25, 2016 Sarah added it
This book is basically in its own way a spin off of Cinderella. It places a not so popular Jewish girl in a up class high school in California. Just like in Cinderella she doesn't get a Long with her step sisters or step mother. She goes through trials of being a teenage girl including, boys. In the end, just like every fairy tale she finds the boy of her dreams.
Sep 02, 2014 Umi rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
lucu dan unik. cinderella retelling yang paling asik. tidak ada cinderella yg disiksa ibu dan kakak tirinya. tapi cindy yang mendapat predikat murid paling aneh di sekolahnya karena surat protesnya tentang prom night. tidak ada ibu dan kakak tiri jahat, tapi ibu tiri yang hobi botox dan berambisi mengakurkan keluarga gabungannya juga saudara tiri yang annoying dan hobi belanja. yamg bikin menarik adalah sang tokoh utama sendiri, Cindy Ella. dia bukan gadis populer. dia cuma gadis biasa dengan ho ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Ivy rated it liked it
If you've read the other reviews, you can find out that this book is about a girl that doesn't like prom at all and ironically is named Cindy Ella and hates fairy tales.

The book was very predictable but if you're a hopeless romantic, you would want to keep reading till the end. I really liked how there was a gay fairy god tutor put into the story. It really amped the book a bit because before Cindy had a crush on him but he brushed it off. And just saying if that was me, I wouldn't want to see h
Jul 05, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it
cute- but boring and extremlly predictable
Eva Nethercott
Jan 15, 2016 Eva Nethercott rated it really liked it
this book was really good and very like "geek charming" another book by Robin Palmer. i personally liked geek charming more probably because i saw the movie and read it before cindy ella and dandy know what it was really about till i read it. Like geek charming its another high school drama about prom and the struggles of having the perfect date and dress and weather or not you'll win prom queen. except this one was about not being the most popular and complaining about the popular people and HA ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alexa by: Kristi
Shelves: age-ya, read-in-2011
(Review was originally posted Alexa Loves Books)

I love books that make me feel good, that make me laugh and that make me squeal with excitement when the leading man (or in this case, boy) and woman (girl) get together. Cindy Ella was another one of those fantastic reads which does all three.

Though I could already guess what exactly was going to happen at the end of the book, I still enjoyed the way the author let the story play out. It was cute, it was sweet, it was funny and it was witty. I tho
Jan 29, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008-2009
Cindy Ella
February 07, 2008 Puffin
Pages.304 $7.99
Robin Palmer

Every girl wants to be a cinderella where there is a prince and a princess. Cindy Ella was an okay good but it was okay enough to make it interesting. Cindy Gold is a sophomore in high school, she writes for her school newspaper. And she is a tutor in her school, tutoring other students. Cindy Gold isn't the most popular girl in the school and neither is she the "loser" one in her school. She is just like any norma
The Bookologist
Oct 28, 2009 The Bookologist rated it really liked it
The Best Dress.
The Best Shoes.
The Best Date.
Cindy Ella Gold is sick of it all.

Prom fever has infected LA - especially Cindy's two annoying stepsisters, and her overly-Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all.

But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she's committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, yoga go
Apr 30, 2010 Idalia rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Cindy Ella was cute, fluffy, and bubbly. The premise of Cindy Ella is quite fabulous, engaging, and wonderful. My first impressions of Cindy Ella weren't great, but in the end there was a small/weak surprising ending that made it somewhat better. But, none of it was enough for me.

Cindy Ella is living "average" in L.A. Her life revolves around superficial, materialistic, and cosmetic-oriented people. With prom coming up her school newspaper is writing all about prom, she is bothered by it all and
Michelle Rebar
Sep 13, 2009 Michelle Rebar rated it it was amazing
It's prom season in L.A. and everyone is caught up in the mad dash for dresses and dates. Everyone, that is, except for Cindy Ella Gold. Cindy believes that the prom is superficial and it only promotes the separation of the 'popular' and 'unpopular', plus it might make some people feel bad who don't have dates. It bothers her that everything people say and do seems to revolve around the prom. So she decides to write a letter to the school paper (as a service to her classmates) to share her opini ...more
Leigh Herondale
Nov 23, 2012 Leigh Herondale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own

First of all, I have to admit that I read Cindy Ella based on a review by a fellow blogger and friend of mine, Jona. Anyhoo, again she never fails when it comes to book recommendations and I love her for that. Haha. The novel is a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella. The story is told in Cindy Ella's POV.

As some of you might know, I am a fan of fairy tale retelling's. I love Alex Flinn's novels and Cinder by Marissa Meyer so going into Robin Palmer's versio
Mickey Reed
Sep 30, 2012 Mickey Reed rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA fans, love story fans
Shelves: audio, 2011
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3.5 stars

I literally cringed when I heard that Jessica Almasy was narrating this book. HOWEVER, this was THE book for her! She was outstanding in this novel! It just goes to show that it really does matter what the subject matter is, what the tone is, and how a book is written. I so loved her as the narrator of this novel.

I also really enjoyed the content of this book. It was fairly predictable, but some things still surprised me. It was fun to listen to, and I enjoyed Cind
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Apr 21, 2008 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it did not like it
Shelves: fairytales
Obnoxious stepsisters? Check.
Squealing best friends? Check.
No fashion sense? Check.
No interest in being popular? Check.
Kind, sweet, understanding, and fun e-guyfriend who she never met in person? Check.
Big crush on super-cute senior who couldn't possibly notice her? Check.

If you answered "yes" to the above questions, get ready for a highly predictable read.
Cindy Ella Gold is sick of the prom and writes a letter to the editor of the school's newspaper about it. This gets her more attention than s
May 26, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. For most of her life, Cindy Ella Gold has managed to remain relatively invisible -- no small feat considering her name's unfortunate resemblance to a certain famous fairy tale princess. But all of that changes when the fifteen-year-old sophomore sends a letter to the editor of the Castle Heights High school newspaper, calling out the upcoming prom as superficial social construct designed to separate the haves (the popular kids) from the have nots (the unpopular kids). Cindy little rea ...more
Carol Tran
Jul 21, 2010 Carol Tran rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a modern retelling of a fairy tale
Recommended to Carol by: My mother (*gasp*)
Well, this book is basically about a girl named Cindy Ella Gold. Now, don't you think Cindy Ella sounds like Cinderella? Well, everyone in this book thinks so too. But, surprisingly, Cindy is very anti-fairy tale. Cindy lives in a house with her over-botoxed stepmother, and two gorgeous and very popular twins, and her dad. Cindy publishes a letter about why she doesn't like prom, and she's deemed even more of an outcast than ever. Cindy apparently has a crush on her brand new tutor, Noah, the mo ...more
Audrey Wilkerson
Rating: 3

The Low Down: A teen twist on an old favorite, Cindy Ella tells the familiar tale of stepmother, stepsisters, fairy Godmother, Prince Charming and unexpected love while moving it to the shadow of Rodeo Drive. It’s prom season, and in superficial LA, that’s all anyone can talk about. Even though sophomores can only go if invited by a junior or senior, it seems like everyone at Castle Hills High School is going. Except Cindy. Especially since her letter to the editor of the school newspap
Emily Rachelle
Apr 16, 2012 Emily Rachelle rated it it was ok
The book starts with Cindy's letter to Castle Heights High's newspaper editor. Of course, none of her letters are ever printed, so it doesn't really matter that the whole thing is about the evils of prom. When the letter actually is printed, Cindy becomes a social outcast to everyone except her two best friends. Will her lower-than-ever status be erased? Or is her nouvea feminist, opinionated and good-willed self destined to live a life of television reruns alone with twenty-some cats?
This book
Apr 25, 2012 CekMoNSter rated it it was ok
It was a light chicklit. Nothing much except that most part were expected if you`d watched A Cinderella Story. It wasn`t a direct copy but you could actually guess the whole thing from the beginning.

So this was a story about Cindy Ella Gold, who had a crush on Adam Silver, a popular senior in her school, Castle Heights. The girl wrote a letter about the overrated event aka prom to the school`s paper and because of that, she had been doomed as an outcast by the ordinary prom enthusiast filled so
Leslie (That Chick That Reads)
Sep 13, 2009 Leslie (That Chick That Reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I was at wally world late one night and as I’ve said before in one of my past post, I always visit the book section when I go. Anyway, I already owned pretty much everything on the shelves (which wasn’t a lot because we were out in Oak Cliff and if you don’t get it, it’s because you don’t live in Dallas lol) but then this book caught my eye. The cover is amazingly beautiful! I absolutely love the stars and the sprinkles. The name was also a real big reason why I got the book in the first place b ...more
Dec 20, 2013 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of chick-lit and this author.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by:, public library.
This is my third book by Robin Palmer. After I read Geek Charming and saw this on Goodreads, I had to read it. So after two years, I finally got my hands on it. The plot was interesting, cute, light, and easy to read with good and funny characters. I found myself laughing along with Cindy and feeling the same feelings she felt. I was able to finish this book in one day, because of the short chapters and it was just really good. The characters were great too. I loved Cindy Ella and not juu becaus ...more
Sonya Huser
Jun 29, 2012 Sonya Huser rated it really liked it
I love Cinderella stories. I have a shelf just for versions of the fairy tale.

This story is about a sophomore girl growing up in LA. It starts with a letter to the editor she writes for her school paper in which she rants and rails against society, superficiality, and prom. Being a smart, witty girl, she has written many letters to the editor, but this is the one they finally choose to print. Unfortunately, the other kids at school and even some teachers don't see it that way and Cindy becomes e
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