Cindy Ella

Cindy Ella

by Robin Palmer

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The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy, from the author of Geek Charming.

Prom fever has infected LA—especially Cindy’s two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she’s committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes–worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy’s crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there’s still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101098912
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/07/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 850,946
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Robin Palmer grew up in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and graduated from Boston University before she hit the road for Hollywood. Starting as an assistant in the television literary department of the William Morris Agency, she quickly moved up the ranks and spent the next decade as a literary agent, producer, and television network executive at Lifetime Television, where she developed over one hundred scripts and oversaw the production of over thirty of the cable network's original movies. In 2001, she remembered that she had originally intended to spend her life either as a writer or a toll booth collector (so she could indulge her penchant for spending her days alone reading), but as there are no toll roads in southern California, she decided to give the writing thing a try. Since then, she's written everything from screenplays to essays to a novel to a preschool guide. Although she's constantly threatening to move, she currently resides in New York City.

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Cindy Ella 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was so cute, and it was the best chick flick ever created!!! Its so 21 century, and realtes to people in todays society. Its a very clever book that will make you in shock!! I couldnt stop laughing in this book!!! I love how Robin put in some humor!!! I encourage her to write a sequal 100 and a billion percent. A smile will spread across your face as you read this book. I reccomend it to EVERYONE who loves a cute, fun, amazing book to read!! I seriously couldnt ask for more of a perfect ending. It litterally was PERFECT!!! I loved it, and im sure you will too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and recommend' it to any 7th or 8th grader. It has a great beginning, great plot, the characters have amazing personalities and you'll never guess the ending. It was really fun to read this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good innapropriate at times but just a little but very good highly reccomend it for ages 11+
MNH More than 1 year ago
Her name is Cindy Ella she is different from her two step sisters Ashley and Brittany. And her overly botoxed step mother. She writes a letter to the schools newspaper saying that she is anti-prom and she thinks that the prom is worthless to go to. And the only people that she can go to and tell her things to are her friends India and Malcolm. Those are her two best friends. And she has a crush on BklyBoy her e-mail friend. Which she doesn't know is that it is her crush at school Adam Silver. When she talks to him she gets all nervous and can't talk to him. She thinks that he is her soul mate. But when she meets her tutor Noah she likes him but her friend Malcolm tells her that he is gay and she don't think he is gay and she thinks that he is her soul mate her husband and the farther of her kids. But when her friend told her that she thought different. Cindy doesn't like the prom and she thinks that it is worthless. But when she finds out that her 2 best friends are going she makes and acceptation to congratulate them. But she tells them that' she still isn't going to the prom with anyone and she says that she is going to stay at home. And what she doesn't know is that is e-mail friend is her crush from school Adam Silver. The book is really good and I think if you get the chance to read it then you should read it because it's a good book. I think the book is very good and I think it has achieves its goal, because at first she didn't want to go to the prom but when she found out how fun people told her she wanted to go. And then at the end of the book she finds out who her e-mail friend was and she couldn't believe it. I think this is a very good book because it tells you what prom is like and then it tells you how the girl acts around her class. And how she feels about the p
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Cindy¿s tired of hearing about the prom everywhere she goes. She¿s so tired of it that she writes a letter to the editor of the school newspaper bashing the prom. She targets the superficial traditions of the search for the right dress, the best shoes, and the popularity contests of the king and queen.

Instead, she wishes that people would obsess over real world problems. Unfortunately, she¿s about the only one who feels this way -- and now the whole school¿s decided that she really is a freak.

Besides her two best friends (who ARE going to the prom), three people back up Cindy in her ideals. Her father is impressed with her letter, her gay SAT tutor admires her guts, and the boy she IMs thinks she¿s got the right idea. In fact, he turns out to be the uber-popular Adam Silver, who would rather take Cindy out on a date during prom night, but never to the prom.

This modern fairy tale takes the ball out of the equation, but still shows that the prince can fall for the princess and that they can have fun on their own terms.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books ever!!!! You will not be able to put it down once you start. For the girls out there who haven't found a prince charming this is a must read. This is also for guys who like someone and are not sure how to tell them that they like them. I hope you'll read and enjoy this book as much as I did!!!!
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3 The Low Down: A teen twist on an old favorite, Cindy Ella tells the familiar tale of stepmother, stepsisters, fairy Godmother, Prince Charming and unexpected love while moving it to the shadow of Rodeo Drive. It’s prom season, and in superficial LA, that’s all anyone can talk about. Even though sophomores can only go if invited by a junior or senior, it seems like everyone at Castle Hills High School is going. Except Cindy. Especially since her letter to the editor of the school newspaper was published. So now she’s something of a social paraiah, having written about how prom is nothing more than a big business, populars only, female-gets-prince fantasy. At least her two best friends will stick by her. They’ll sit by her at lunch. And her IM friend in New York City sympathizes with her. Is it weird to have a best friend that you’ve never met? Cindy and BklynBoy may live an entire country’s width  apart, but ever since he left a comment on her now-defunct blog, they’ve IMd daily. He knows her better that almost anyone, including who is her secret crush, Adam Silver. Senior, super hot, totally unattainable. But then Cindy meets Noah, her new SAT tutor. He’s 23, gorgeous and is a man, not a boy. So what happens when her two besties have their own reasons for going to prom? Will Noah do a little magic of his own and make Cindy the happiest girl ever? What I Thunk: Cindy Ella is a very cute take on Cinderella with many nods to the original tale that you will enjoy finding. My daughter read this first, so it came highly recommended from her. It’s a fun, humorous story with enough romance that your parents will insist on your being home by midnight. What made me laugh in that annoying I-am-an-adult-so-I-know-so-much-more-than-you way is the activism. I knew girls like this when I was in school (and perhaps I was that girl more than once myself). Something gets you riled up, then it becomes a cause, and before you know it, you’ve painted yourself into a corner. That’s OK, though...these are the times that help you figure out who you are and what’s important to you. The Bottom Line: It's a light, quick & sweet book, so bibbidi,! Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer was published February 7, 2008 by Speak. Ink and Page purchased this book, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed. Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Ages: 12 and up You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these series. Any teen may read this!!!! Thx for reading me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute modern-day "Cinderella" story. You fall in love with the characters, and get a glimpse of just how important the high school prom is beginning to be for teens everywhere. The ending is great and really sweet, and it's definitely the perfect book to make you smile. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok bt not great defenatly for older teens or mature teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u like this book, read shrinking violet! It is well writen and also aout prom and love and family strugells
E00 More than 1 year ago
I read this book and loved it. I love the Cinderella fairy tale. This is a great modern day adaptation of Cinderella. The characters are real and are people i would probably meet in real life. It is written beautifully. I am gonna check out more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a very interesting twist! You don't expect the ending. It's very much like her other book, Geek Charming. Good as well. Robin Palmer is a great writer for teens.
bplteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review by: Savi Usually, I'm not into a book like this, but I loved this book! The character was very real and any person could really relate with her. The humor in the book was great and really made me laugh. The end was very predictable as was a lot of the book, but it was still really fun to read!Review by: fred i think that cindy ella is just a fantablous book!!! I'am all about proms i just love it!!! i know it's more a girl thing but i love to go with the guys only, girls are just so overrated!!! I also love taylor swift!!! love,love,love, fred
MissReadsALot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book was sooooo slow I almost stopped reading it! Luckily I finished it and I'm not regretting it. The ending was sooooo good it was worth the night I spent reading it! I loved how Ella was wearing a dress at an arcade! Considering it was rellay slow I gave it a low rating.
xhollishx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cindy Ella Gold (real name) is a student at Castle Heights High. She's all the time writing letters to the editor of the school paper (the Courier), because of the content. When the paper prints only prom articles, Cindy is outraged that they would think that all the students care about is the prom. So, of course, what better to do that write another letter? Cindy never thought that her letter would get printed, because they never do. But, when it does, she's the most popular dork there is. The only people that aren't ragging on her is her best friends, India and Malcolm and the cyber friend BklynBoy. Now from the Clones (her step sisters, Ashley and Britney) to her new tutor, everything is going hay wire, but it won't be the end if Cindy has anything to do with it.And, with a little help and a big date, Cindy might just get her fairy tale ending after all. And it's from the most unexpected source of all. Cindy Ella is great. I'm the type who usually steers clear of the whole fairy tale remake, but this book I couldn't put down. I was very impressed on Robin Palmer's insight and how the story was told. Cindy is very likable and her step sisters are brats. But, that makes all the fun. With witty dialog and interesting twists and turns, you'll be able to see why it only took a few hours to finish this one. I'm sure you'll be a fan also,if you like the modern day fairy tales.
sdbookhound on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute book with a fairy tale ending just like the real Cinderella. Unfortunately it has far too many references to current pop culture, so it will not have much future value. At least that's what I think. Still a fun Cinderella story.
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Kid-Justice More than 1 year ago
Okay... at first when I saw this book I thoguth it was going to be extremely lame, but it is a wonderfully written book. It had an adorable story line and the characters were super funny and fun to read about. It was a little predictable (see brklynboy) but it was wrapped up nicely and I think you will enjoy it! I also recommend "Just Listen" "Something, Maybe" and "So Much Closer"! Have fun reading, it really is a great book! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ever!!!!!!! I think ever girl should read this books. If you want me to recomed other good books i make you headline B@. I always sign my posts like this. B@
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just startedreading for la project and there is some funny humor. But should be in 6-8th grade to read!!!
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