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Cindy Ella

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,631 ratings  ·  343 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
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 7th 2008 by Speak
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Sep 19, 2012 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
May 29, 2009 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
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
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Finally I finished this book
It was delightful
I liked it so much and of course I liked the narretor. she is amaizing and talented in my opinion.
I laughed alot and definitely it is not going to be tha last book I read for Robin Palmer.
Thanks Doha you've made my day again
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book was not that bad to be honest.
Emily Rachelle
Apr 16, 2012 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?
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May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Apr 21, 2012 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
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Chelsea Nicole
Nov 13, 2013 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
Sep 11, 2008 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
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was a disappointment. I really wanted to like it. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor and felt so much potential for a good book. I just couldn't get over the feeling I was reading the book version of the movie A Cinderella Story, (with Hillary Duff). I feel like it's such a lack of talent to take a story that's already been done and rewrite it like it's an original idea. Also, the fact that the author would randomly throw in a comment about Cindy's Jewish background made no sense to ...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
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First off, through this book I realized how mature of a reader / person I have grown into. haha

Anyways, it's a cute book - something I would have loved when I was much younger, when I dreamed of prince charming, happy endings and I was a hardcore hopeless romantic. It actually reminded me of my younger self. I think it would appeal to younger audiences like 12-18 years old. It has it's share of funny moments. I just didn't like it as much as I want to due to my old and current self having mature
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Rating: 6.0
This book was pretty predictable and I felt like at the middle of the book that things still hadn't really fallen into place yet, and when the climax finally did hit, it was no surprise and it wasn't very...climactic. It was a cute book that felt like it was meant for a younger audience like 8-11. The things mentioned though did not stop me from being excited for Cindy at the end! :D
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Nov 20, 2013 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
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-lit
This was the most superficial book I have ever read. It was all based upon looks and $2500 prom dresses. Nothing to write home about and nothing to recommend. The last two books I've read have been duds, maybe I'll read Twilight again to make me happy.

Moral Note: Says OMG a ton, the "B" word, and a few others. No sexual stuff but kissing. Her best friend is gay, and others so there is stuff about that in it.
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because I thought it would be funny and different. But I wasn't impressed with this story in the least. The plot was trite and I felt like I had already read several other versions that were more interesting. I didn't care for the characters and most of the story seemed unbelievable and over-dramatic. I wouldn't recommend this book.

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Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was nice and fluffy... I initially enjoyed it since I identified with the social outcast that was the main character, but I got frustrated as the story progressed and she turned into a selfish vapid teenager. Not really at all like the Cinderella story... the author would have been better off adding a few more chapters to the end or just not writing this book at all. vapid, Vapid, VAPID!
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I decided to give palmer another chance after hating one of her other books. it was a mistake. I absolutely hated cindy as a character. she only cared about herself and was always complaining. I had high hopes for her because she seemed like a feminist but in the end of course she got the guy and everything was great. kinda sends the message that a boy fixes a girls life. never will read another book by this author!!
Jen Bury
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for a cute feel-good story, but instead ended up with an ignorantly hypocritical, and insubstantial character portrayal. In this story, the only definition of shallow is thinking how you look is important. Capability of shallowness in other areas is conveniently ignored. I wanted to scream at the hollowness and lack of depth within this book! Definitely not a keeper or something I want my daughters to read, unless as a "how not to view life" lesson.
May 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
So far, it's a pretty good book. It's really predictable, though. There's the girl who hates girly-girl stuff (pink, fluffy stuff, fairytales and especially the prom.)You can tell what will happen in the end of the book by reading the back cover of it. It's not the greatest book, but it's okay if you like to read cheesy books about wack feminists.
Jan 25, 2016 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.
Jul 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
cute- but boring and extremlly predictable
Oct 16, 2015 added it
X this book was really cute it was extremely short but it was a fun cake on the Cinderella story
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
OK, this was pretty cute.
I read this quite quickly; I tend to do that with contemporary novels and Chick-Lit. Whether this is because they're easy to read or if it's just because I really enjoy them, I'm not certain.

A few comments:

I actually rather liked Cindy's steps, both mother and sisters. They weren't nearly as cruel as the characters are portrayed in other Cinderella retellings. They were more annoying, and periodically rude. However, Clarissa (stepmother) did want to bond with Cindy, she
Bagel man 22
Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wow! I do not know what to say. It has been a while since I had ever read a book this bland and uninteresting. The author does a great job of creating a spin-off of the Fairy Tale Cinderella but with a melodramatic high school twist. However, it is not just the whole concept of putting Cinderella in a high school setting that made the story barely readable, it was also the overall behavior of the main character, Cindy which was aggravating. Unlike most well-known fairy tales, Cindy Ella does a g ...more
Lenni Jones
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-ever
So, maybe reading this a second time wasn’t as magical as the first time, but it was pretty darn close. How could I have forgotten so many wonderfully crazy parts?!?! TBH, I didn’t even remember Cindy’s prom letter. All I think of when I remember this book is Adam Silver😂😂😂 But who can blame me, he’s such a likable character!

One thing that’s really great about this book is that it shows readers what a true friend should be like. India and Malcom were perfect for Cindy and I’m happy she has them.
When I found time to read, which was exceedingly rare, I needed something as fluffy as I could get. This pretty much did it. Had no idea it was by the same author who did "Geek Charming," whose book I haven't read but skimmed and think I will prefer to have just seen the movie--one of my guilty pleasures. Interesting to hear Dylan mentioned a couple of times. An extremely dated book because of its pop culture references. And exceedingly predictable--still trying to figure out if we were meant to ...more
Jenna Scherdell
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fun writing / voice / humor. But my previous aversions hold. Casual treatment and flippant use of issues like cutting, purging, and OCD taint the while book for me. I understand it is supposed to be something of a commentary on stereotypical teen culture in preppy LA, but it bothers me. It is, of course, a Cinderella story, and so is hardly unpredictable - and it also reminded (kind of too much) me of A Cinderella Story (CM Murray and H Duff)...
Once I started reading, the writing was good enough
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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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