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Cindy Ella

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  3,356 Ratings  ·  330 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 g
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published February 7th 2008 by Speak
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chelsea Nicole
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
Sep 11, 2008 CONVICT$CONNIE rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 20, 2013 Princess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jul 05, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
cute- but boring and extremlly predictable
X this book was really cute it was extremely short but it was a fun cake on the Cinderella story
Oct 15, 2016 Lea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book!
Jacey Henry
one of the best books ever
May 19, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2008 Nian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I haven’t read a Prom story in months—must be a record. Maybe authors are finally realizing that to spin the happily-ever-after Prom Night plot will take a lot of planning and creative imagination to pull it off.

Like one of Disney’s famous princess Cinderella, Cindy Ella Gold has two stepsisters, a stepmother that isn’t exactly evil, but somewhat oblivious anyway, and a big dance to look forward to. Just that for Cindy Ella, Prom isn’t exactly what she wants, since she doesn’t believe in Disney
Emily Rachelle
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?
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Cindy Ella is a refreshing if not exactly original take on melding the classic "Cinderella" tale with the modern-setting "slice-of-life" high school genre. If lacking in plot originality, Robin Palmer more than makes up for it in crafting her believable, relatable and sympathetic characters.

PLOT: Cindy Ella competes with her not-so-pleasant stepsisters for popularity and for the attention of the cute boy she has a crush on while attending "Castle Heights High School" in Los Angeles. However, sh
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
Leigh Herondale
Sep 27, 2012 Leigh Herondale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol Tran
Jul 14, 2010 Carol Tran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sonia Reppe
This gets a solid 3 stars from me. I liked this book despite all of its flaws and inconsistancies. Why? It was very readable; I think I liked the voice of the protagonist, Cindy Ella. Her family was a pretty entertaining bunch even while representing every negative LA stereotype. I won't even say negative because to some people, LOOKING FABULOUS IS A PRIORITY AND THAT'S COMMENDABLE. This definitely was the order of family values according to Cindy Ella's stepmom and stepsisters. So this book had ...more
Michelle Rebar
Sep 25, 2008 Michelle Rebar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sonya Huser
Jun 29, 2012 Sonya Huser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2008 Frezanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
"Notes from November 2011: I read this book three years ago. Someone pointed out to me that the'in Bali' phrase has been removed from the book. May be somewhere out there there is someone as anal as me who pointed out this to the book editor too. Anyway, that means my comment below doesn't apply for the current published book. Don't read it if you read the new edition and not the first edition. I am not going to change it as that's what I felt last time when reading the book."

Ok, I am a sucker f
Sep 15, 2009 Idalia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Bookologist
Oct 28, 2009 The Bookologist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 20, 2009 Adele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Retelling a classic can be a tricky business and Cinderella is a tale that has been spun countless ways. I have been itching to read something of Robin Palmer's for awhile so when I saw the lone copy in Borders, I snatched it and almost ran to the counter. (I did resist the need to click my heels and do a jig.)

Cindy is an activist, in that she believes the prom is a big load of codswallop. She's stuck in the modern equivalent of Cinderella's hellish existence; a botoxed step-mother, two fashion
Jul 03, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, it is my favorite book that I have ever read. It is like the story of Cinderella, but has a completely different twist on it. The book is about a girl named Cindy Ella Gold. And even though she is named after a girl in a fairy tale she completey hates fairy tales. Cindy Ella mom has died and now her dad has married another women, she feels thather stepmom doesnt lik her because she is not her daughter. She also has two stepsisters named Britney and Ashley, they always say that ...more
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Mar 17, 2008 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Robin Palmer grew up in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and after graduating from Boston University, moved to Hollywood. Starting as an assistant in the television literary department of the William Morris Agency, she quickly moved up the ranks and spent the next decade as a literary agent, producer, and television network executive at Lifetime Television, where she developed over one hundred script ...more
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