The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
Came out: April 13, 2010
Publisher: Egmont USA
Age Group: Young Adult
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 Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.… be careful what you wish for.Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?I loved the emphasis on the theme of "modern heroes of today's society" and how every girl can change the world through random acts of kindness and good choices. It is sure to inspire many girls to go out and do their part to save the world and the people in it. Jess was likeable; Lexy Steele, the opposite. This book was very straightforward in what was good and what was bad, until about halfway, when the lines get slightly blurred.It was an original idea for a story and I loved the description. I liked how the Cindys made every girl who thought that her good deeds went unnoticed belong to a place where she is fully appreciated for her actions. I liked the relationship between Jess and Ryan Steele (Lexy's brother) but the thing I don't like about most romances where the girl is popular: why doesn't the guy notice her before she suddenly becomes popular? Slightly annoying, don't ya think? The good part is that the quality I just discussed barely happened in this book. The only negative I have for this book was I couldn't tell whether it was supposed to be realistic fiction or verging on fantasy. I'm hoping that Kay Cassidy will clear this up in the next novel.Anyways, I loved this book. It had fabulous description and tips for self-confidence that girls with devour and thrive on. I predict that it is and will be very inspiring for girls. This book was filled with spirit and girlpower!Recommended for anybody who loves: girl power books; Hex Hall; North of Beautiful; blurred genres; etc,.Possible book club questions:In the book, the Cindys talk about girls making statements with their appearance. Look at the people around you. What statements do you think that they are making?Jess doesn't believe that she is a hero, but volunteers and helps out. Who else do you think are the heroes in modern day society?Lexy feels guilty about the accident. Can you think of other instances in which guilt has caused a person to react differently than they would normally react?Why do you think confidence is so important? How do you improve your confidence?Can you think of other fairy tales that might be inspiring for one way or another?