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Being perfect isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Sixteen-year-old Declan is the perfect son . . . except for one tiny issue. When his sister Delia comes home to find him trying on her clothes, he fears her judgment, but she only fears his fashion choices. One quick makeover later, Declan is transformed into Delia’s mysterious cousin Layla and dragged to the party of the year,
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ebook, 335 pages
Published July 2nd 2018 by Triton Books (first published February 5th 2017)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I'm definitely in the minority with my opinion thus far, but sadly this book didn't work for me at all.

I used to read YA but since my foray into M/M romance a few years back, I've moved on to older, more mature MCs. I knew this book was YA going in, so I wasn't expecting any steam.

To be clear, there is no sex at all, just some kissing, but there's lots of talk about sex, discussions about how boys think with their dicks, and so on. Let's not pretend that teenagers don't have sex, because they
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
"You're never too young to see the potential for a lifetime."


I don't read a lot of YA but I was impressed by Cinderella Boy. I was drawn to it by the crossdressing element but this is so much more than a crossdressing book. Both Carter and Declan are wise beyond their years, insightful, perceptive and full of angst. They have angst about themselves, each other and general high school angst.

There were times when I thought their intellects exceeded their years but then I remembered the Parklan
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Gail Carriger
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, ya, romance
Stayed up WAY too late reading this one. It reminded me not so much of Cinderella as it did Pump Up the Volume. The charming story of a young teen who goes to a party dressed as a girl and the boy who falls in love with him. It's touching and sweet, high angst, kick butt, and utterly charming. Deals gently with themes of honesty and identity in terms of both gender fluidity and bisexuality as well as standing up to bullies and fighting for queer rights.  
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: genderfluid mc, bi li

genderfluid kid finding love and acceptance and happiness?? with a perfect boy?? THIS is what the gays want


tw some homophobia, mentions of past bullying
Cassandra
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reads-of-2018, arcs
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!*

“It’s easy to be an asshole when you believe you already are one.”


This looked super cute and had great reviews, so naturally, I requested the ARC.

Was it super cute and fabulous as the cover promises? Absolutely.

But holy crap, was I not prepared for how amazing, diverse (gender fluid, demi/queer, and of course, lots of boys who liked boys and girls who liked girls), and just important this book was.

Sweet Jesus. This was so freaking fabulous. My
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Kathy - Books & Munches
Let’s start with the thing I loved first and most throughout this entire novel. Our main character, Declan / Layla, identifies as non-binary, gender-fluid. That, simply that alone, already made me love this book before I had finished two chapters. And that’s not even mentioning the way it was executed.

The costume was finally gone, and the true soul set free.


As for the writing, chapters switch between Declan’s/Layla’s point of view and Carter’s. I loved how we got insight in both characters. It a
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Shii
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This books is modern. LGBT+ as a literary theme is relevant and, we can even say, quite fresh.
And those are the main reasons why I wanted to pick up this book.

On the good side: the books contains a modern portrayal of current young adults, including teen sex, feminism, freedom and a bunch of geeky things.

On the bad side: this book took forever. It was probably the fact that these teenage boys sometimes sounded like 70 year old philosophers. The writing was casual, but it does sound a little awk
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iam
Jul 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars
I'm surprised that I actually finished this.

But before going further into that, let me talk about what the book is about.
There's two main plot lines:
One centers around gender-fluid teen Declan, who with his sister's help after she finds him trying on her clothes attends a high-school party as cousin Layla - where he finally gets close to Carter, his crush of two years. Carter and Layla connect deeply, but Declan doesn't know how to reveal the truth, especially when the school year start
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Kayleigh Brindley
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, series, 5-stars, romance, lgbt
I know? After reading that blurb how could I not read this?!?

Quick note: I'm still learning when it comes to all of the different types of sexuality, gender-fluidity being something I don't know a great deal about at the moment, and so I can't honestly say whether or not the author appropriately handles this, all I can offer is my own opinion. So, apologies in advance if I make any mistakes and please feel free to correct me.

I can honestly say that I haven't been able to get this book off my mi
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Kasper
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Copy kindly provided by Netgalley and author in exchange of an honest review*

I don't know how is that this book isn't more popular within my friends: Cinderella retelling with a gender fluid protagonist.

"It was the finest irony that bullies thought they were winning at life, when all they were doing was training their targets to be stronger and more ferocious"


Declan is caught by her sister, Delia, trying on her clothes and she decides that is a good idea to give him a make over and take him
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Rose
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as LGBTQA+ books go, this is incredible. There are so many different genders and sexualities represented it's wonderful
Bec
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
TW/CW: LGBTQ+ discrimination, gay slurs

This book is brilliant in so many ways, it was moving and relatable, and I laughed and cried. I also cringed a bit. Despite the absolutely fantastic job that Meister did with this publication, there were a few moments that rubbed me the wrong way that I want to discuss.


"As long as he avoided discussing half of his identity, he could slip under the radar."



This book leaves a lot to unpack; from talks about sexuality, gender and self presentation,
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Grace Chung
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This one was alright. I guess.

I was really excited with the prospect of Declan being transgender and then even more excited when he mentioned possibly being gender fluid in the first few chapters. And then the rest of the story and plot killed me when it was barely mentioned again for the rest of the book. Declan’s gender identity remained in some mix of vague comments and questions and even indifference from Declan himself. There is almost no discussion of how Declan feels or thinks about his
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Shii
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This books is modern. LGBT+ as a literary theme is relevant and, we can even say, quite fresh.
And those are the main reasons why I wanted to pick up this book.

On the good side: the books contains a modern portrayal of current young adults, including teen sex, feminism, freedom and a bunch of geeky things.

On the bad side: this book took forever. It was probably the fact that these teenage boys sometimes sounded like 70 year old philosophers. The writing was casual, but it does sound a little awk
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Alja Katuin
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cinderella Boy is one of those books that you start reading and you just.. There's this bit of chaos and you get a little panicky because you don't know what will come of the main character.. But then -- after 20 more pages you see how the main character presents himself when in some kind of a tricky situation and you just know it; everything is going to be a-okay.
I loved Dex since page one; he has this amazing personality and it just.. it makes my heart explode from love.. He's so caring and s
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Moony MeowPoff
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book. This book.
I felt so happy, so giddy, i cried a little, then i felt happy again.
I loved how we get insight in both characters, the main characters mostly but as well as the side characters. Especially how his sister handles it all, that she doesn't freak out, that she takes care of her little brother and let him be him. Whatever that might be. I just loved this book so much. I grinned most of the time when i read this, i wanted to hug it. So yes, i kind of hugged my kindle and just ga
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—   lee
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Someone, anyone, please make this into a movie or TV show or SOMETHING. I need to see this with my own eyes. Everyone needs to see read this. I wouldn’t say this is the best book I’ve read, and it does have it’s faulty parts. But, this book has some important messages in it, that I think everyone could take from. For example,


“There's love, and there's chemistry. And then there's both. You can love someone without wanting to sleep with them, and you can lust after someone but think they're a comp
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Lisa The Novel Approach
4.5 Stars

When Young Adult stories are done right, they are simply marvelous. They appeal to any age audience and allow for the reader to see little glimpses of either their own memories or their current truths in every idea discussed. There is an almost universal appeal to a character who is written with such veracity and depth that the reader can feel each emotion that fictional person experiences. Author Kristina Meister offers up a beautiful coming-of-age, coming out story in her latest relea
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Thamy
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley2018
Declan isn't sure what he is some days, just that he's been faking his life and wearing his sister's clothes whenever he has an opportunity. When she catches him, she convinces Declan to go with her to Carter's party while assuming the identity of a cousin visiting from Chicago, Layla. Carter, Declan's dream boy for years, falls for Layla. But after changing everything he used to think about himself, she disappears without a word.

2.5, rounded up because the second half saved the book after the f
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Kristen
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, lgbtq
Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A retelling of Cinderella with a gender-fluid princess?

Sign. Me. Up.

I'm going to be honest, though...I wasn't that impressed at first. The initial chapters feel a little juvenile, and it's hard watching Layla date Carter knowing that she isn't being honest. The dialogue feels a little forced, and those chapters drag on a bit. This would probably be a five-star review if not for that first section.

HOWEVER. Once Layla disapp
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Michelle
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
That was cute! If the beginning had been a bit shorter this would've been a solid 4-star read.

Full review:

(originally posted on The Writing Hufflepuff)

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review

Note: Declan uses he/him pronouns

Well this was definitely a fun read! A genderfluid Cinderella, a queer Prince Charming, a cute romance and queer kids fighting for their rights? Yes please!

I definitely would’ve given this four st
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Cody Levi
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-top-shelf
Review to come to my blog
La_Pire (TheWorstReader)
Hell yes I loved this book! The story and the message were beautiful.
I don’t know if it is a good representation for transgender, but it showed acceptance and that’s what mattered to me when I was reading the book.

Declan/Layla has had a crush on Carter, the popular guy at school, for more than two years. He finally has a chance with Carter when he goes to his party dressed as Layla. Their encounter is a life changing moment for both of them and it will help them to evolve and become their best
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Dana
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Reviewed for Rainbow Gold Reviews. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

I am so glad I requested to review this book! I am a big fan of YA love stories. There is just something so pure about them, and I love the coming of age aspect. Even though many people change a lot after high school, these are their formative years. I’m a good 23 years past my teenage days but I can still remember how it feels to be uncertain of your place. You have to decide whether to keep your head down
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Holly
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don't quite know what I expected from this book but it really shattered whatever expectations I had. It was so damn good. Somehow making a story that could have been labelled ridiculous insta-love into something that was still slow burn, dramatic, fabulous, and powerful. I adored the characters in this book and I was cheering them on through their entire journey of self-discovery and roller coaster emotions.

Anyone in need
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Simant | Flipping Through the Pages
Full review on: Flipping Through the Pages

This book is a cute YA contemporary which had a new concept for me- gender-fluid. I wasn’t aware before this book what gender-fluid actually was. This book was a surprise for me, for sure. I had requested this book because of the title and the cover but I am glad that the story was so unique. As the title says, this is a retelling of Cinderella but with LGBT theme.

Declan/Layla and Carter are the protagonists and the chapters are alternated with their PoV
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Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
Declan tries on his sister’s clothes, and through her prodding and makeover skills, becomes Layla. When Declan’s crush Carter starts falling hard for “Layla”, Dex must decide what he’s willing to risk for the chance of love.

I loved this story so so much! Carter was so sweet and Dex/Layla broke my heart into a million pieces. Essentially, this book was able to crack through my cold dead heart in a way hasn’t been done in many a years. Probably since I was a young tween. Not only was this a sweet
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Joyfully Jay
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kirsty
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars



Cinderella Boy is targeted perfectly towards Meister’s young adult audience, but remains thought provoking for older readers like myself. Meister not only explores romance and friendship, but relationships within families and her characters are vividly imagined, allowing the reader to form connections that last after the book has ended. Cinderella Boy is a commendable story, which I definitely recommend to readers of all ages.

Read Kirsty’s review in its entirety
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Finn Longman
I need to write a review of this because it was a NetGalley book, but I'm very behind on reviews, I'm sorry.
Dee Rogers
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I came to this book with high hopes for a romance story that would explore and portray the experience of being a trans person in love and it just isn't that. I can't recommend it for trans, non-binary, or genderfluid people; mostly I found it deeply frustrating and difficult to finish. At the end I only kept going hoping to be proven wrong.

I enjoyed the first chapter, where Dex's sister Delia finds him trying on her clothes, and responds with affection and support; this is a scene I will just ha
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