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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,777 ratings  ·  325 reviews
A modern-day teenage Cinderella. An all-star varsity basketball player. Will the chemistry disappear when they go from anonymous to face-to-face?

Geeky Ella Reyes is at the bottom of the totem pole at Westwood High. Her ultra-popular stepsisters refuse to be seen with her at school, and every day she comes home to a mountain of chores.

Ella’s only friend (and maybe crush)
275 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Yesenia Vargas (first published April 18th 2018)
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*❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*
I'm a huge sucker for fairytale retellings, especially Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast ones
So when I saw this book on Bookbub for free?
Yeah I was all over it!

This book had very "A Cinderella Story" movie vibes. I could easily picture the movie in my head, but instead of a white, blonde-haired girl, Daniela, or Ella is a Puerto Rican, tan skinned, brunette girl.

Ella lives with her (evil) stepmother, Sophia, and (evil) stepsisters Lindsay and Courtney. After her father passed away on her 11
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't remember when was the last time I finished book in one sitting. I think it was kind of book I need to get out of the reading slump.
The story and characters are adorable and it gave me vibe of A Cinderella Story movie which I also love.
For fans of those type of retelling it will be perfect book to read and I can see rereading it in the future.
sophie.connects.the.dots (on hiatus)
Top 5 Things You Should Know as to Why This Book is Amazing:

(this might be long, so prepare accordingly. Grab some tea, and then this book) :)

1. It's actually innocent
(if you're like me, the surplus of nasty stuff in books is an immediate discharge for a book. It drags the story down for me and doesn't increase my love for the romance at all. In fact, it weakens it and is a real reason for my angst against the occasional YA...schtuff) You know? But this! This is just purely a well-rounded, no wo
Andrea C. *andreasbookishlife*
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such an adorable book! I was so entertained and head-over-heels for it! #TheRealCinderella had so many comparisons to the movie "A Cinderella Story" (which is one of my favorites)!

If you love Cinderella retellings and YA romances, definitely give this book a shot. It was such a sweet and fun read!

P.S. -- if you enjoy audiobooks, the audiobook to this book was part of the reason I enjoyed my experience with it. The story itself was just something that was great to listen to and the narra
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was an entertaining read but something I regret buying and I won´t be checking out other books by this author.
Kaća B.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! 🖤
This was a cute YA retelling of the Cinderella story. "Ella" has been left in the custody of her stepmother, Sophia, following the death of her father. Sophia makes her do all the chores in the house to earn Sophia's help paying for college. Sophia has two nasty daughters of her own, etc. etc. Ella has been texting "Baller929" for over a year. It started out as an anonymous study help/tutoring thread, but they became friends. He wants to meet her in real life, but she is insecure. She's a nerd a ...more
Another cute ass book for the new year.

I feel Kindle is the man today. Or maybe the woman? Either way, it has been recommending books that I needed today.. and just didn't know. #TheRealCinderella was pretty cute retelling book. It also got me in the mood to watch, A Cinderella Story. I can totally see the similarities because of the step monster and sisters. Ella was just adorable too and it hurt my heart that she didn't feel loved by the people who were supposed to be her family. Also, Sophia
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
Classic tale done different

I love fairytale retellings, especially when done by authors of color. This modern take on Cinderella had reminded me a lot of A Cinderella Story when I first read the description. I was glad to see that though there’s a basic similarity to it (anonymous texting between a popular jock and a smart wallflower, meeting at Homecoming, evil stepfamily) it was nice to see Ella at least get girl friends. I loved her relationships with the BFFs and how they played out. I’d lov
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I really can't say much about this book .. it was alright but not the best thing I've read .. there are much better Cinderella retelling than this one, but the idea was nice ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite enjoyed this YA retelling of Cinderella. A sweet quick read.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you've seen "A Cinderella story" you've pretty much read this book. It was one of my favourite movies growing up, so I didn't really mind it, and I'm such a sucker for a Cinderella retelling... The plot is basically that movie plus The sisterhood of the traveling pants. Some characters even are alike. The basketball player (view spoiler) character was a bit "missing", I would have liked to read more of him, we didn't get to know him. I hope that in the next one he gets m ...more
Kira Schumacher
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Cute read, obviously rather predictable, but I liked the characterization and the changes the author made from "A Cinderella Story", which seems to have been a very close model for this book (as in to say, the likeness is striking). Feels like watching a teenie movie and does entertain you perfectly. I found myself quite unwilling to stop reading, when real life asked me to. ...more

**** There are spoilers throughout this review*****

This book was so good; I read it in two days tbh, this story is similar to the “A Cinderella Story” but also different in many ways. The crazy thing is both her parents died on her birthday it sucks, but at least she can now celebrate with those who care and love her. Unlike her Step-mom and sisters ... Though, her step-sisters apologize to her finally for being mean unlike her step-mom.
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It's a bit hard to rate this book. It's not the best I've read this year, not by far, and my copy has A LOT of mistakes like it hasn't been properly edited (e.g. "...your them"), which really sets my teeth on edge. There are also some contextual inconsistencies. However, it was enjoyable and a good past-time and I did always like Cinderella re-tellings for one reason or another, so this was fun.

Read if you want a light, no-brainer Cinderella re-telling set in a modern-day American high-school.
Madhu MaBookYard -
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
My Rating : 3.5🌟
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lot of spelling, grammar and editing errors, but it was exactly the kind of read I needed right now!
Kate McMurry
G-rated young adult novel.
Cindy Hale
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was impossible to put down! I loved this fun Cinderella retelling. The characters felt real and Yesenia did a great job following the classic fairytale which still adding her own fresh twist.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute, but meh.
Dee Ownbey
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I love Cinderella storylines and the story was kind of cute but sounded way too much like the movies. Also the typos and grammar wasn’t the greatest.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook-reads
If I had read this in high school I probably would have loved it. While I still enjoyed reading this overall, it was a bit cheesy for me.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-to-love
It was cute. Ella is very interesting. It’s a very typical Cinderella story. Her step-mother and step sisters are horrible as always. She has a very neat friendship with Baller929 and you watch their friendship become something more when she finds out who he really is. The end wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. Don’t get me wrong it was a good ending but there was so much more that could have been added to it to make it just that much better.
Coyote Swartz
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Characters were bland as all hell. I find a lot of characters in Cinderella retelling are all identical. The hero and heroine are sweet and kind and so one dimensional that if you look at them from the right angle they disappear from view. The evil stepsisters and stepmother have little to no motivation for being evil. The herione’s friends are interchangeable, identical, and unrealistic. I felt like I didn’t even know the characters. The plot is something I’ve seen thousands of times (authors l ...more
Katya Williams- paige
So good!!!

I loved this book!!! This book was clean and still intriguing for a YA novel. I really enjoyed the character details, it was just enough but not too much to lose someone’s attention. I don’t normally review books but this book deserve more than five stars!
Melanie Hooyenga
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute retelling of Cinderella, with an added bonus of a group of girls who become BFFs. The friendships feel real, despite the girls' differences (just like high school) and the slow burn with Baller929 is adorable. A very fun book! ...more
Kathryn Bullivant
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet read. Exactly what I needed after some rather intense reads the last few days.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was so fucking adorable omg
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stayed up til past 11 for this one... mother wouldn’t be happy... 😬

Anywhhhooo, it was alright. Not the worst, but not the best either. Feel like the plot could have had more depth and the characters more originality, but if you’re looking for a Cinderella story that fits to a T, then this would be it. I also feel like the end was rushed, as well as the whole book, but I read it in a day so that could also be part of it.

On the plus side, I really liked the theme of friendship presented in the boo
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