I read Cinder & Ella back during summer (before the republish with the new cover) before I went back to school. Let me start by admitting I just cried. This was not just your average tears, no this was ugly crying.
Cinder & Ella is a Cinderella retelling on a very basic level. There is a lot of parallels but there are also just as many differences.
Ellamara “Ella” is a book blogger, who lives with her mother. When a car accident kills her mom and leaves her with major burns on her body, she is forced to go and live with her estranged father. Brian Oliver “Cinder” is Hollywood’s latest teen heartthrob since landing the only role he really cares about. Now he is also Hollywood’s bad-boy. The management team wants to clean up his reputation with a fake engagement. Can an email from an old friend change everything?
I love this book, so much so that I have read it a second time after finding out there was a sequel that just just came out. I read this knowing that I was going to be red-eyed from crying non-stop. There is something about Ella’s story that is sad and addicting. I really hate reading these sad books normally because of the tear factor. But this book I could not put down. I have told many people about this book and gotten a few to read it (including mom and sister).
I love Ella in this book, she is a survivor, but even the strongest has a breaking point. Ella goes through a lot of change after the accident. Not just the physical. There is an emotional battle. On top of all of that, everything around her seems to be against her. Even when she wants to give up you still love Ella.
About the Author
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.
Question for Readers
What is your favorite cry your eyes out book?