May 11, 2011

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes • Cindy Ella

Cindy Ella book cover
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: February 7, 2008
Source/Format: Bought || Paperback

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, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy's crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there's still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.

I love books that make me feel good, that make me laugh and that make me squeal with excitement when the leading man (or in this case, boy) and woman (girl) get together. Cindy Ella was another one of those fantastic reads which does all three.

Though I could already guess what exactly was going to happen at the end of the book, I still enjoyed the way the author let the story play out. It was cute, it was sweet, it was funny and it was witty. I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that Cindy Ella went through (especially after that darn column).

Apart from liking Cindy, I also enjoyed her two best friends Malcolm and India and her "Prince Charming" Adam. It was easy to fall for Adam, and Malcolm, India and Cindy's tutor Noah all provide some comic relief.

Though the story isn't necessarily completely original (it reminded me a lot of A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray), I still thought it was a good read. And I got the happily-ever-after I was waiting for so, no complaints here. Even if this is another Cinderella retelling, I think it's definitely worth reading, if only because of Adam Silver. (Yes, I know, I can be superficial sometimes - but he's so cute!)


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