4 star rating
The Cinderella Society
The Cinderella Society, Book #1
By Kay Cassidy
ISBN# 9781606840627
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie


When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.

… be careful what you wish for.

Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.

What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore? (Goodreads)


In one sentence: This debut is a sweet, delectable read that makes me want to read the next book in the series.

I picked this one up at the library yesterday after I spotted the Cinderella in the title. I just really wanted a chick-lit style novel to accompany my dystopians. Of course, I chose to read The Cinderella Society before all the others. Chick-lit power! (And then I finished it immediately when I woke up the next day).

This book is empowering. It’s for all the girls who feel like a loser or a fake. It’s a novel that will make you realize that you ARE special and unique and pretty and amazing. In fact, in the author page, the book specifically says that. From the back flap:

“She hopes that The Cinderella Society, her first novel, will inspire readers to embrace their inner Cindy. “

Way to go, Kay Cassidy!

I don’t like the sappiness of this book, but it’s a given for basically all chick-lit novels. There’s quite a bit of cheesiness that can be accepted, and there’s also way too many assumptions about high school cliques. Other than that, everything else is like a cupcake. Sweet, delicious, memorable.

While I didn’t like the love interest that much, I do agree that he is okay. I personally liked the idea of Jess being single, but I guess that’s not an option with chick-lit.

Although not my taste, The Cinderella Society has many redeeming qualities that make it a fun, sweet read for any day. It’s also a nice pick-me-up when you need to smile.