The Cinderella Society - Kay Cassidy
Release Date: 13th April 2010
What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?
Sixteen-year-old Jess Parker survives by staying invisible. Then she gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join the Cinderella Society, a secret club of some of the most popular girls in school, where makeovers are the first order of official business. Catching the eye of her popular crush, and with a chance to finally fit in, Jess feels like she’s found her fairy tale.
Until the Wickeds - led by Jess’s archenemy - begin targeting innocent girls, and Jess learns that there’s more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself from the outside. She’s become part of a battle for good vs. evil, and now the Cindys need Jess on special assignment. Is honouring her new sisterhood worth destroying her dream life?
The Cinderella Society is a chick-lit novel with a twist, introducing a secret, prestigious society that teens will love to read about.
Kay Cassidy’s debut novel, The Cinderella Society, is a brand new take on high school cliques and is pure girl power.
Throughout the book, Kay emphasises, through Jess, how awesome us girls are. The focus on strength, confidence and friendships gives every girl a chance to come out on top without using anyone else to do it, like the Wickeds do. She’s all about girl power by encouraging girls to embrace all of their good points. However, I didn’t like the focus on Jess’s makeover so much - the guy didn’t take a serious interest until she had a fab new haircut, new wardrobe etc. That annoyed me a little.
Up until Jess became a Cindy, I really identified with Jess, well apart from the whole new kid thing. All of the things that she felt and wanted were things that I do or have felt or wanted at some point. She changed a lot when she became a Cindy and I didn’t like it at first, but as I read on, I realised why, it no longer bothered me and she went back to being a great heroine.
The high school battle of good and evil that seems to be present in most teen movies and lots of books was taken to a whole new level in The Cinderella Society. It’s not really like that at my college and wasn’t really at my high school either so I have no first hand experience, but Kay seemed to capture the hierarchy perfectly. Although, nice cheerleaders are a little different to the norm! I loved how deeply the Society ran and I had a little shock every now and then at just how big it really was.
I enjoyed The Cinderella Society and hopefully some of the secrets will be revealed in the sequel.