Book Review: The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

The Cinderella Society
Author: Kay Cassidy
ISBN: 9781606840177

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy tells the story of Jess Parker, an average high school student whose parents happen to move a lot. Jess is used to being the new girl and never really fitting in. When Jess is invited to join the ultra secret society, The Cinderella Society, otherwise known as “The Cindy’s” she is thrilled.

Being a Cindy means being popular and gorgeous. The first order of business for The Cindy’s is a makeover that helps them find their signature style. Being a Cindy also means loving yourself and being kind to everyone. Of course, with a group like the Cindy’s, there has to be some group opposing them, right? That’s where The Wickeds come in. The Wickeds, led by Lexy, Jess’s archnemesis make it their mission to make the lives of the Reggies (the regular people) miserable. It’s the Cindy’s job to defeat The Wickeds.

Along with a battle to beat The Wickeds, Jess has to deal with her crush on the hot brother of Lexy, Ryan. Ryan is the perfect guy and Jess has to have him…but what will it take to get him to like her?

I was definitely surprised by this book. I’ll admit, I was drawn to it because of its cute cover and adorable title. When I found out the book was about secret society’s and good vs. evil, I was a little taken aback, but still excited to get reading.

I’m really conflicted about this book. It had a great message (loving and accepting yourself for who you are) but some parts of the book just weren’t believable to me. Some of the dialogue between the characters seemed immature and juvenile, but then there were intense makeout scenes that made me wonder who the book was really written for. I couldn’t figure out who the target audience of this book was.

I wasn’t really a fan of Jess, the main character. I’ve read other reviews where people said they were able to relate to Jess, but I really wasn’t able to. I’m not sure why. She just didn’t seem like a “normal” teenager to me and I thought she really overreacted in a lot of situations. There were parts of the book where I just wanted to shake her and tell her to “get a grip.”

Another problem I had with this book was that it was extremely slow. It took me almost a full week to get through and there was never really a time where I said, “Oh man! I just have to finish this chapter right now.” I was easily able to put the book down and come back to it later. I felt like the middle of the book dragged on the most and I sort of feel like Jess was just repeating herself over and over again.

Like I said before, this book has an amazing message for young women everywhere. Love yourself and embrace your future. Though I didn’t absolutely love this book like I hoped, I am looking forward to the sequel!

This book comes out on April 13.


Note: I reviewed this book as part of Daisy Whitney’s The Cinderella Society blog tour. I will be holding a giveaway for this book later this month, so keep an eye out for that!

  • Leah

    Great review. I like the sound of this, plus it does have a cute cover!

  • Meg

    Now I could be totally wrong about this, but I was really taken aback when you mentioned that girls inducted into The Cindys must get a "makeover" to develop their "signature style." Is that sort of counterproductive to the "love yourself" sort of idea? Love yourself — as long as you change and be the way we want?

    But maybe that's not it at all… that just popped out at me in your review! πŸ™‚

    Sounds like an interesting story and the "secret society" idea in chick lit (or is it YA?) is appealing!

  • Classy Fab Sarah

    I seriously can't wait to read this book… the pink cover has me totally sold.

  • Nina

    The cover is so cute! I love the sound of the story and the cover is just way too fun! I think it will appeals to young adults more than to me, so maybe I can read it and then give it to my niece. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great review.

  • Lea (YA Book Queen)

    Thank you for the honest review. It sounds like it has a great message, so that's definitely a wonderful thing. πŸ™‚