READ THIS BOOK! May 25, 2008
I found this book right around when I was in second grade. I am now in ninth grade and I STILL love this book. Ella is a young girl, just hitting her teenage years, when her mother dies. The event leaves Ella heartbroken, and miserable. This feeling only increases when she finds out that Sir Peter (her father) has decided that she is too unkempt for society at this point, and so sends her to finishing school with her two new, and brilliantly despicable stepsisters who love nothing more than to boss Ella around and, in general, make her life a rather nasty thing to live. This would be no problem for most people because they wouldn't actually have to obey the orders they were given, but Ella is special; in a bad way. She was given a "gift" at birth by a fairy. She HAS to do whatever she is told. She can't help it. Eventually Ella is pushed to her breaking point, and unknowingly embarks upon an adventure that will give her a love, freedom, and a REAL life; one that is truly hers to live. This new take on the old Cinderella tale is utterly refreshing. The heroine is anything but your typical “damsel-in-distress”, and the handsome prince charming is not all brawn this time either. He actually does have a brain. All in all, this book is a wonderful change of pace from your typical childish fairytale.