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Grade 7 Up—After attending a variety of schools, Jess Parker, 16, is an expert at blending in. However, when she transfers to Mt. Sterling High and takes Lexy Steele's cheerleading spot, Lexy's wrath makes her life unbearable. After standing up to her on behalf of another bullied student, Jess comes to the attention of the most popular girls at school. Soon she is initiated into a secret society of women called the Cinderella Society. When Jess joins her local chapter of the Cindys, she also joins a vast international group that includes many of the most powerful women in the world. The mission of the Cindys is to take down their opposing group, the Wickeds, and protect the rest of the regular population, or the Reggies. The local chapter of the Wickeds is led by Lexy, of course. When Jess joins the Cindys, she is at first only interested in the fabulous makeover that she will get and the opportunity to come to the attention of Ryan Steele, Lexy's brother and the resident hot guy at school. In time, she becomes more invested in protecting the Reggies and taking down the Wickeds. While her move into the elite stratosphere of high school is sudden, the characters are multidimensional and the plot is well paced. This story will appeal to girls who dream of becoming accepted within their own schools. Some elements are not fully explained here, but may be explained in the planned sequel.—Laura Amos, Newport News Public Library, VA
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Named a 2012 YALSA Popular Paperback for its anti-bullying themes

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA; Reprint edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606841505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606841501
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,108,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life. She loves watching HGTV, is a ridiculously bad cook, and can be bribed with cupcakes.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jess Parker thought her worst problems were avoiding Lexy Steele's bullying and finding a friend. But when she is inducted as a member of the Cinderella Society, she learns about real problems. Sure, a fabulous makeover is part of the package, but catching the eye of her popular crush also invites stress about the real nature of their relationship. Then there's the fact that Jess isn't quite sure how to fit in with her new more popular friends. To top that off, as a Cindy, Jess is now involved in a battle against the Wickeds, girls who target and bully others. How is Jess supposed to prevail against the Wickeds when she can see herself being defeated so easily?

I suppose The Cinderella Society is a cute idea, but the problem with it is that it's too simplistic. In addition, all the fairytale and various goddess metaphors are misleading or ill-used. The Cinderella Society is supposed to be a hub for girl power, but as I recall, Cinderella wasn't exactly the most self-empowered woman. The naming of their enemies, the Wickeds, is rather generic, and I thought it unrealistic that a group of girls, no matter how mean, would ever call themselves that. Furthermore, the Wickeds' parent organization was named for Athena just because she is the goddess of war. Cassidy seemed to forget that Athena is also the goddess for wisdom and weaving, which isn't quite consistent with the Wickeds' message. The actual story is not very engaging; it involves a lot of shopping, wanting to go shopping, and freaking out about boys. Sometimes I wasn't sure if The Cinderella Society was a novel or a self-help book with all the empowering advice it was pushing. I mean, there's nothing wrong with loving the skin you're in, but its placement in this story made the entire thing rather unrealistic.

The Cinderella Society may be enjoyed by fans of the It's All About Us series by Shelley Adina.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By theEPICrat on March 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The message behind The Cinderella Society is a positive one that should be shared with all girls. It encourages self-esteem, character, love for self and others, and hard work with a promise of a happily-ever-after (boyfriend not included). While the concept for The Cinderella Society is attractive and undeniably wonderful, the characters and story left me wanting. I thought there was too much emphasis in the details of the Cinderella Society and not enough time spent on interactions between the characters to move the story along. I hope that the sequel will flesh out Jess and the other characters since the stage has been set.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Romance VINE VOICE on May 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
High school was not just a place for learning. It was also the battleground for Good vs. Evil and Jess Parker found herself in the middle of it. After taking a coveted cheerleading spot, Jess became a target for bullying. However, her luck changed when she was recruited to join the Cinderella Society - a society that fights against the Wickeds (bullies). Can Jess juggle school, love, the Society and her job without losing her true self?

The first few chapters drew you in with the I'm-the-new-girl-and-the-social-outcast plot. You can't help but form an affinity with our heroine as she struggled to fit in. Then the excitement slowly died when Jess began her journey as part of the Cinderella Society. Probably around page 85. It was a struggle to get through all the verbiage! There was so much details to wade through that I had to control the urge to just skip pages. Don't get me wrong. I do appreciate the message of loving yourself and building confidence to keep bullies away. But to be constantly hit over the head with this message was just filler to make the novel unnecessarily longer. The premise of the story was actually interesting and fun to think about. But it was lost due to too much information and forced drama. As you continued on, waiting for the pivotal turning point, it didn't come. But on a good note, the ending was the definitely the high point.

Not exactly what I was expecting. Am I the only one who thought it was YA fairy tale? 'The Cinderella Society' turned out to be a self-help book with a story added to give its message credence. I'll be honest, half way through, I was tempted to just stop reading since I had no interest whatsoever to finish this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ink on October 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Obviously aimed for tweens, the story revolves around a new girl who is a cheerleader, falls for the quarterback and makes enemies with the mean girls. The whole premise of the book is kind of a mash between a makeover show ("What Not to Wear") and a sororiety club. Good girls vs bad girls? It's just too clean cut. And the whole idea that the Cinderella Society is super ultra powerful and is being backed up by powerful women all over the world, but still manages to be secret? A hidden clubhouse and a secret underground bunker? Sounds really really silly. Maybe it's good read for a tween girl still learning to fit into herself, but other then that - Forget about it.
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By Anna LaGrois on June 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
Jess Parker is just a sixteen year old girl. She doesn't have any friends since her archenemy makes everyone at her school hate her for something she didn't even do. But then she gets a once in a lifetime chance: the chance to join the Cinderella Society, a secret club with members that are some of the most popular girls in her school. She's even more excited when she finds out makeovers are one of the first deals of business.

But then the Wickeds, who just happen to be led by Jess' archenemy, start targeting innocent girls at their high school. Jess is finding herself apart of a centuries old battle between good and evil. The Cindys need Jess on a special assignment... but are the Cindys worth destroying the life she always thought she had?

I loved this book. Cassidy created a very original book with a whole new world. At first, you're wondering where the book is going to. Jess seems like just a normal girl with nothing going on until she gets the invitation.

After Jess gets the invitation and gets into the Cindys, however, it's almost like you're on information overload. If I could change one thing about this book, I would make it a little more clear. There were a few parts I had to read through two or three times before I understood what was going on, because there's just so much going on.

Jess is a very relatable character. Many of the decisions Jess made, I would've made myself. I could see where she was coming from on a lot of things. I could see her being a teenager that went to my school, she was just that realistic.

Overall, Cassidy has created a wonderful, different novel. I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel which is coming out in spring of next year... which is too far away! Grade: A.
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