Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Cinderella Society (The Cinderella Society, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Cinderella Society (The Cinderella Society, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Cinderella Society (The Cinderella Society #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  2,472 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wick
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by EgmontUSA (first published April 13th 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Cinderella Society, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Cinderella Society

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jun 11, 2010 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, this was the perfect book for me to read during Valentine's day week. I've been putting off the review because I really enjoyed this book and don't think I can suitably tell you why - but I'll attempt it. Jess is a sixteen year old girl who isn't sure of herself and wants to just meld in, but she has the potential to be a great person and even a leader. I love watching her transform and really starting to see what is inside of her and how to let that out. I loved the aspect of the ...more
Aug 25, 2009 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girl power, baby! This is the book you want when you want to believe you can do anything!
Sep 10, 2012 Kala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this at the library and the cover was cute, so I decided to give it a try. I liked it at first, but once you get into the meat of the story it really falls apart. The world building is so beyond silly and I just became lost and confused as to what the message of this story was. I think Cassidy just tried to put way too many things into this book and it spins out of control.

Jess is the "new girl" who happens to be an awesome cheerleader. She is so good that she displaces resident mean gir
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Tiff from Mostly YA blog recommended this and I can't wait to read it. It sounds fun and cute.


Such an inspirational book! I would have loved this as a teen or even a pre-teen! Talk about bullying, friendship and basically remembering who you are to take down "evil" in all its forms. I thought it was such a great way to empower girls and young women by making a secret society into something even bigger. To be kind and inspiring to others, I love the message this book sends out. Though I found
Jul 24, 2010 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Empowering... inspirational... girl power!

This book wasn't what I was expecting at all. I was expecting girly, I mean look at the cover, it's pink with a glass slipper, you can't get much more girly than that, and it was girly, the thing that I wasn't expecting however was how this book made me feel. More specifically how this book made me feel about myself. It might sound crazy, but it made me feel better about myself, more confidant and it made me want to be a better person. I did not expect t
Jennifer Wardrip
eviewed by Jennifer Rummel for

Jess hates her school and desperately needs to find friends to keep her off of the mean girls' radar.

On the final day of the school year (after two humiliating events), she finds an envelope in her bag inviting her to a secret society. At first, she thinks it's just another prank, but then she realizes that it's for real. Jess has no idea why they want her, but she's willing to find out why.

The Cindys recruit girls with special powers of kindness, l
Apr 18, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-fiction
I'm sort of embarrassed by how much I liked this book. I picked it up on a whim off of the library shelf and felt silly even starting it. But, well, it turned out to be so much better than I thought it would be. Don't think 'earth shattering amazing', but yes, I think it was much better than most teen high school girl novels, and I've read quite a few.

Most of my opinion is due to 2 things, first, the messages are pretty darn good. The cool girls are the ones out trying to make something great o
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Jun 23, 2014 Tiff at Mostly YA Lit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Re-read. Interesting how books affect you depending on the time in your life and how much you've been reviewing. The first time I read this, it became one of my favourites. This time, I felt it was a little disjointed. There are definitely moments that I really love (the boardwalk scene!), but there were also definitely moments where the writing fell apart.

3.5 stars this time around. I'm a little disappointed this didn't hold up again.
Howdy YAL
To See Full Review Click Here:

Note, I did not finish reading this book. I tried reading it twice but I could never quite finish it. I skimmed through the rest of it and I think I have read enough to develop a solid opinion of it.

If there was any book I wanted to like this was it. It had a powerful message about girl empowerment and anti-bullying. However, this book just didn't work for me.

There were many problems with this book. I guess to get down with
Reading Teen
Apr 25, 2010 Reading Teen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I "met" Kay Cassidy the other day on Twitter. She was talking about her book, and talking about what it means to be a "Cindy" and stand up to those who like to bring others down. She talked with everyone that night for at least four hours. By the end of the night, I knew that I not only wanted to rush out and get this book, but also that I really liked her a lot, and love what she stands for (not to mention that we loved all the same books and movies.) Thanks, Kay, for taking a stand!

The Cindere
Steph Su
Nov 07, 2009 Steph Su rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debs10
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jun 02, 2010 Kailia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about this book, I thought it was a great read and I was very excited when I won this book. Then I began reading it.

This book was not what I had been expecting. The beginning was, in one word, boring. There were too much unnecessary detail and things I just didn't care about. I read on and on and it continued to get more boring as I went along. I even had a few yawns, which I thought was just sad.

In another sense, this book was just a self help manual in the form of a book. Th
Aug 18, 2011 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read the description for The Cinderella Society I thought it sounded like a really cute read, but it was so much more! Page one drew me in and after that, I had trouble putting it down. The Cinderella Society sent out such a positive message for girls and was a book showing girls CAN do anything. Being yourself, and being comfortable with yourself was such a large part of the Cindys' training, and that's something a lot of people have issues with.

The society aspect was one of my fav
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Talk about girl power!This is a must read for teen girls. It's full of empowering messages to be proud of who they are. You don't need designer clothes, money, or "the" looks to be proud to be you. It's about being happy in the skin you have. You can decide your own style and be proud of that.

When it comes to chick-lit, I'm extremely picky on what I read, but WOW, Kay blew me away. I adore her writing and this book. If I could give this out to every teen girl I would. I really love the way Kay
If you’re looking for a fun and girly read, you may want to check out The Cinderella Society, but if inspirational and empowering are also traits you’re looking for, you should definitely check out this book. I read the vast majority of this novel on a day spent on long flights, sitting in airports and waiting on tarmacs, and this book was the perfect thing to distract me from the anxiety and impatience I felt about traveling. It exuded girly fun and kept a smile on my face!

I wasn’t really sure
Apr 29, 2010 Lizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 5-star
I'll begin with Jess, the protagonist, and my favorite character. She was a great character for a few reasons. She was smart, and she had flaws. At the start of the book, Jess is fairly self-conscious, and is skeptical when the popular girls include her in their yearly sleepover. As the book progresses, Jess becomes more confident, and sure of herself. Cassidy did a great job of making Jess easy to relate to. Even as a senior in college, I was able to understand and sympathize with some of her i ...more
Caitlin M
Dec 03, 2013 Caitlin M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: form1-shelf
A theme of The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy is that, no matter your social status and what others think, you should do what you feel is right. This is the story of a high schooler named Jess, who is bullied by the "popular" girls in her class because she "stole" a girl's spot on the cheerleading squad. The leader of the bullies is a girl named Lexi. Suddenly, Jess receives an invitation to join the Cinderella Society - a top secret group that fights the "wickeds", or mean girls who use regu ...more
Jess Parker thought her worst problems were avoiding Lexy Steele’s bullying and finding a friend. But when she is inducted as a member of the Cinderella Society, she learns about real problems. Sure, a fabulous makeover is part of the package, but catching the eye of her popular crush also invites stress about the real nature of their relationship. Then there’s the fact that Jess isn’t quite sure how to fit in with her new more popular friends. To top that off, as a Cindy, Jess is now involved i ...more
Dec 11, 2009 Nana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Original Review - Here!

The Cinderella Society is not Cinderella’s alternate version, it’s more like the idea of what the Cinderella story represents … and I explain; since its first version, the Cinderella story has meant for many girls the possibility that dreams can come true. Having a message against high school cliques and a strong girl power support, Cassidy delivers us her first novel. Jess, the main character and story narrator, is not a common girl; she’s an extraordinary girl that
Kay Cassidy’s debut novel, The Cinderella Society, is a brand new take on high school cliques and is pure girl power.

Throughout the book, Kay emphasises, through Jess, how awesome us girls are. The focus on strength, confidence and friendships gives every girl a chance to come out on top without using anyone else to do it, like the Wickeds do. She’s all about girl power by encouraging girls to embrace all of their good points. However, I didn’t like the focus on Jess’s makeover so much - the guy
Princess Bookie
Apr 15, 2010 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: When I first saw this book, I knew I must read it! I mean, come on, my name is Cindy so therefore I have to be a Cindy, right? Not to mention the cover is pink and has a high heel on it. Love the color pink! We are introduced to Jess who is just your average teenage girl who just blends into the scene. She's not popular but she's not unpopular either. She gets picked on and most of the time she just wants the day to end so she can get away from the bullies. She has a crush on Ryan, ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of
I thought this book's premise sounded pretty awesome and was excited to read it. However, the plot/blurb thing was more literal than I expected (or more unrealistic, depending how you interpret it...) In my mind, I pictured two cliques with a rivalry, some cute dates, etc. etc. However, it turned out to be a lot more serious than I expected with an actual war of good vs. evil over the minds of everyone else. This still might have been pulled off, but as much as I wanted it to, it just didn't wor ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jess Parker is an outcast in her new school. She's always moved around so much the she's never been able to be in the popular crowd. Then on the last day of school she receives a note and a shoe pin telling her to meet at the Grind at 7. She doesn't know is this is some kind of prank from Lexy the girl who has made the last few months a living hell or for real. She decides to go and find out.
On that night Jess Parker is given the choice to join the Cindy's and help battle the Wicked's. Jess thi
The book seemed more like an initiation sort of book, preparing for the sequel (which I am sort of anxious for). I really liked how the Cindy's taught their girls how to be comfortable in their skin and seek self-empowerment for the benefit of others (I think that ended up contradictory. I hope you all know what I mean). Reading this book made me want to empower myself.

But something about this book and the good vs. evil motif rubbed me the wrong way. It sounded too general for life. I mean, WOW,
Katie W
Nov 15, 2010 Katie W rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The Cinderella Society was much different than I had anticipated. Jess is the new girl in town and is picked on by the queen bee, who happens to be a Wicked. A secret world of Wickeds,, Reggies, and Cindys exists, which is basically a battle between good and evil, with a ton of "normal" people caught in the crossfire. I think my favorite part of the book is the 5 rules--will it matter in 5 minutes? 5 days? 5 weeks? 5 years? A good rule for anyone to live by. I also liked that the Cindys tried ha ...more
When I told someone I was reading this book, they said "Don't bother, its insipid". And I really really should have listened. This book is terrible. The plot is nonsensical (a group of pretty popular girls are really warriors for good in some epic war of good vs evil) and oftentimes insulting. I kept waiting for The Cindys to turn out to be evil, because between their creepy cultishness, hyper focus on fashion and being pretty (before you can fight evil you need to figure out your signature styl ...more
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
The Cinderella society. / Kay Cassidy. / 2011.

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction.

Format: Book - print. 336 pages.

Plot summary:
"After winning a coveted spot on the high school cheerleading squad, sixteen-year-old newcomer Jess Parker is still treated as an "outsider" by the majority of the student body thanks to the harassment campaign led by the popular cheerleader she displaced" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
secret societies,
Jul 22, 2010 AnnaBnana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
It's been a couple of weeks since I finished this, so I'm sparse on specific details like character names since I found the whole book to be mostly's what I remember thinking while I was reading though...

This book got a good enough review that I actually put it on hold when I ordered it for my library, which I don't do too often. Sadly, it didn't live up to its potential for me. It felt like it should have wanted to be campy, but was taking itself too seriously. The whole high
Jul 09, 2010 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC copy of this book. I was especially excited since every blog site I searched, this title constantly came up. So when I got my greedy hands on this read, I was absolutely delighted! Reading the synopsis, you must already have a basic picture of what happens. Unless you are, like, severely depressed or overly dramatic, your guess will be dead on. A cliche' read, but a cute one. One aspect of this I especially enjoyed was the whole 'think positive' idea. I'v ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Kristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm really not sure what I think of this book. During the first part, I thought, "Why aren't there groups like this in schools? Take a girl that is isolated & give her acceptance & help her become her best self?" Then, I kept reading & realized that it was more than that. It was a war between good & evil... I liked the basic story, but I found myself skipping paragraphs & searching for certain characters names so I could read that part of the story & skip the rest. Even w ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Princess for Hire (Princess for Hire, #1)
  • Forget-Her-Nots
  • The Alpha Bet
  • Scones and Sensibility
  • Tagged
  • The Naughty List (The Naughty List, #1)
  • Swoon at Your Own Risk
  • My Double Life
  • The Snowball Effect
  • Cindy Ella
  • The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped
  • Sea
  • Confessions of a First Daughter (First Daughter, #1)
  • The Karma Club
  • Invisible Girl
  • You Wish
  • Stupid Cupid (Stupid Cupid, #1)
  • The Oracle of Dating (The Oracle of Dating, #1)
Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life. The Cinderella Society takes readers behind the veil of a secret society of good populars dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. Read more about the book on Kay's web site ( Kay is also the founder of the national Great Scavenger Hunt ContestTM reading program for kids and te ...more
More about Kay Cassidy...

Other Books in the Series

The Cinderella Society (2 books)
  • The Cinderella Society: Cindy on a Mission

Share This Book

“Even when you think you´ve finally got things running great, sometimes they fall apart anyway. And they can´t always be fixed. At least not by you...The only things we can control is how we deal with it.” 24 likes
“I was trying so hard to be what everyone wanted me to be, and yet every time I looked around, I was failing.” 22 likes
More quotes…