She looks super uncomfortable and unnatural. What is she doing with her hand on her face? Give her a normal teenage girl stance instead of that half seductive weirdness and it would be perfect! This does sound like a fun read, and an interesting twist on the Cinderella story. Like Liked by 1 person. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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I loved it! Go read it! Right now! Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading You should! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. Name required. Mattie, aka Matilda, is known as the ugly sister.
Well, next to her step sister Ella she believes so. However, that's not the case. Mattie just has lots of insecurities like everyone else does and you watch her grow throughout this book. I honestly loved and adored Mattie so freakin I loved everything about this book. I honestly loved and adored Mattie so freaking much. She made me laugh, and then cry from laughing so hard. I loved her secret but not so secret obsession with Jake - who was dating Ella in the beginning.
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I love how her and Ella's friendship starts to develop more. Like I said earlier - I loved everything about this book. I could just type I love I love I love all day - but I wont. I totally recommend this book for people who love YA and just need a quick and easy book to fall in love with. My apartment was falling down around me, my dog thought he was dying, my cat was breaking every fragile object around him, but it didn't matter because I COULD NOT put this book down!
The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is a fantastic example of how a fluffy, ligh 4. It is funny, the MC doesn't take herself too seriously, and the love interest isn't some jock-y douche. Our MC Mattie is funny, snarky, and head over heels in love with Jake. Her inner monologue seriously cracked me up, because I could totally relate. Even as a 28 year old woman, Mattie's thoughts on guys and relationships were completely relatable. I loved her friendship with Jake, and I loved the relationship development between her and Ella, her step sister aka the "Cinderella" in the story, but is she really?
Ella is fantastic, and is a great foil to Mattie's snarky-ness. Overall, a fantastic and fun read. I am looking forward to the sequel! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Actual Rating: 3. This review contains mild spoilers for the book. This story is a twist on the Cinderella fairytale with the stepsister being the protagonist.
I am a sucker for fairytale retellings - whether they are a fantasy version or modern day - so I was very excited to read this book for that reason. And I enjoyed the book overall, but there were just a few things that prevented me from liking it more than I did. Fi Actual Rating: 3. First, it really bothered me in the beginning of the book how Jake would constantly try to use Mattie to do his bidding to get out of detention and to do the whole school project and even though she wouldn't let him use her, she basically didn't care that he treated her that way and still went on loving him anyway.
I also felt that the book was almost too short. I am all for short books. Unless it's one of my all time favorite series, I start to get wary when books get over pages. However, I feel that this book at a little over pages could have benefited from being a little longer. I think there was a lack of development with the characters and the plot that while the story kept going, I didn't really find any of the characters to act in a believable way due to a lack of development. We do get some backstory on the characters like how their parents treat them but I didn't feel like it really helped them develop to be the characters they were by the end of the book.
That being said, there were things I liked. I thought Mattie was really funny and a good protagonist. I also loved that she and Ella actually teamed up I never expected that based on the book summary but it was really awesome how they really became friends. I think the story was cute, but it just needed a little more something to make it better.
I will also say, this was my second book by this author, and I have to say that I enjoyed this one a whole lot more than the other one. Enough that I would be interested in checking out some of her other stories as well. Vojsk rated it liked it. I mean sure, this is all in all a cliche. But it was cute, funny and entertaining. I really enjoyed reading it. But Mattie is sometimes so relatable, understanding and funny.
I really liked her. Jake is also the typical highschool star, but like Ella he has his good sides.
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He really listened to her and tried to be the best for her. That was absolutely adorable. But cute. So, so cute. Mar 18, Katie W rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , romance-clean. Matilda aka Mattie or Tilly is a tall, awkward, fuschia haired, manga drawing girl with the perfect stepsister--Ella. I guess I'd always thought of Cinderella's stepsisters as being lazy, ugly, with big noses, big feet, and grating, irritating voices. In this modern re-telling, Mattie does not come off across as that way at all. In fact, I think she is just a very insecure girl. Her mother all but abandoned her when she was young and has very limited contact with her and her dad is a busy, dis Matilda aka Mattie or Tilly is a tall, awkward, fuschia haired, manga drawing girl with the perfect stepsister--Ella.
Her mother all but abandoned her when she was young and has very limited contact with her and her dad is a busy, distracted artist. I loved the relationship that these two girls shared with one another. It's interesting to think that everyone has their idea of a perfect guy. He's perfect for one, but not the other. He was great!! And patient. Loved this story!! Content: clean!! Feb 19, Kelly Oram rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in How super cute was this book? Okay, I am a sucker for a good Cinderella story, we all know that.
And I love fun fluffy romantic comedies.
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So yes, this rating comes totally biased. But still I loved it. So super cute! I loved Tilly. So funny! And, I'm sorry, but how could you not love somebody who was literally named after Jake Ryan? Apr 25, Valerie Waters rated it it was amazing Shelves: hannah-would-like , lendable-ebooks , own. Oh my goodness why didn't I read this book sooner?!?!
I've had it on my kindle for so long. It was so cute! And clean!! I really liked it. View all 10 comments. Nov 10, Amber rated it it was ok. However, the heroine is one of the most whiny, insecure, absurd characters I've ever come across. She is in love with Jake, but why?? When our introduction to the guy is him getting mad and yelling at our heroine because she won't lie for him in detention, and them the very next day he is trying to get her to cheat for him on an assignment, I fell off of the "I love Jake" bandwagon.
But wait, Mattie is in love with him despite all of these things because hey, he is just THAT good looking. Between Mattie's head case and Jake's less than stellar qualities I could never quite bring myself to care. There are literally pages upon pages of Mattie's internal dialogue hating on her beautiful, supermodel stepsister and then switching it up to 'Why would Jake ever be attracted to a girl like me? Mostly the latter, that left me skimming paragraphs. I just couldn't take any more of her insecurities. I am a pretty tolerant reader and I even wanted to scream, "That's enough!!!
The ending was sweet, but I was so tired of it all, at that point I just wanted it to be over. Definitely not my favorite read I would NOT recommend this book, and frankly I'm baffled at how many high ratings this book has. It is infinitely better than this book.
Aug 19, Mindy rated it really liked it. Very fun and enjoyable book. Adults will enjoy it as much as teens will. My daughter loved it too, even as much as me. Characters were fun. Ella was my favorite. View 1 comment. And I liked this! A lot. I say kind of cause it really is loosely based. This was good fluff with look warm action. Although it is good disappointment and it won't last very long.
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This was purely character based but instead of creating super angsty drama for the heroes to step into loving themselves we got a couple very mild scenes and a lot of thinking and working stuff out. Which was great! It got somewhat annoying at times but that didn't factor in my enjoyment much. We also got a lot of cheese. Lot of cheese. I liked Mattie quite a bit. Snark and fire and self knowledge. Jake is also cute though he is a bit of an arsehole. Ella is the sun, you like her but you want to run away from her after a while. It could have used some battles thrown in there imo but all in all enjoyable.
I started it today and finished in one sitting. She was blonde, petite, beautiful, talented, and popular, and worst of all, she was nice. Page 1 I was the only carnivore of the group. Both Trent and Ella were vegetarians. This severely limited our options when we all went out to eat together. They also took different tactics in trying to convert me to the dark side. Trent kept trying to show me pictures of slaughterhouses on his phone. Ella attempted to give me tofu, claiming it tasted just like meat. Only a vegetarian would think tofu and meat tasted even remotely the same.
At least it gave Ella and Trent something to bond over—what a savage barbarian I was. Page 16 I stood up and looked down at him. Aprils asked me [ But instead of coming inside, Jake stood on the porch, hovering. Page 70 How had I not known this? Jake Ryan of Sixteen Candles was like the perfect man. And my Jake was named after him. Oh my Buddha, I loved him even more now. I knew it was a stupid reason to love him more. I was constantly amazed by the depths of my own shallowness.
Could shallowness have depths? He was named for Jake Ryan. Loved him! Of course anyone would choose Ella over me. Boys falling at her feet. All gorgeous and perfect. I stopped myself. In the past I would have kept going, comparing myself to her. She had stepped aside and practically gift wrapped Jake for me. She had even schemed to get us together. She had done nothing but support and love me, and I was not about to pay that back by blaming her. You know, no amount of preventative worrying is going to help you out here.
Just calm down and go with it. See where fate takes you. Mar 02, Olga Godim rated it really liked it Shelves: romance. Clean, cute and sweet. How often such adjectives apply to YA fiction these days? They all apply to this book, and although I don't belong to its target readership, I enjoyed this quirky teenage romance.
Its protagonist Mattie is the ugly stepsister, or she thinks she is. Very insecure beside her beautiful, petite stepsister Ella, Mattie is steeped in her teenage angst. You get the drift, right? So instead of doing anything positive, she hides behind a mask of a snarky, dressed-in-black hoyden with fuchsia-colored hair and conceals her sketchbook from anyone.
And she blames her misfortunes on her pretty stepsister. Until a series of events forces her out of her comfort-zone disguise and she has to reevaluate everyone around her, including herself. Growing up is always hard, and unmasking yourself is an agonizing process.
Despite setbacks and self-doubts, Mattie muddles through, striving for truth and love, stumbling but getting up again. She is a good girl… deep inside. Her only sin is total self-absorption. Vulnerable and egotistic — how often such traits go hand in hand in teenagers. They desperately need acceptance from their peers, so they parrot each other… to seem original. Mattie reminds me of my daughter, when she was the same age. Just like my daughter once upon a time, Mattie practically always behaves stupidly and makes mistakes, but her integrity pulls her through every time, and eventually she reaches her happily-ever-after.
The writing is perfect, flowing without a hitch. It was also fun to read. Hilarious situations popped out of the pages like little jokers, and the dialog sparkled, quick and witty, with a spattering of teenage lingo to make it authentic. I smiled more often than not as I read it.
Sometimes though, the mood of the tale changed so swiftly the switch made me dizzy: from funny to poignant in one line. Yes, a bit. But her love is so heartwarming too. Apr 10, Bee Heart Full of Books rated it it was amazing. Firstly I love the main character - she is perfectly relate able, and I think a lot of girls feel they are in the same position as her, except perhaps without the flawless step sister, rich background and of course the pink hair!
Mattie Lowe is amazing, and is now a heroine of mine. The true colours of high school life are shown very clearly and realistically, which again is one Another free kindle book that I bought on whim that turned out to be AMAZING, and possibly one of my new favourites! The true colours of high school life are shown very clearly and realistically, which again is one of my favourite things.
There are some cliche moments, however they were not done in a cringey way. The plot line had me guessing the whole way through, and it made me feel so many things; I was angry at Jake and then nervous for Mattie. I though that Mercedes was a complete meany, but there had to be one in every story. Ella and Mattie had me crying at some points because their friendship was so real and even Jake had me tearing up a bit at the end there.
To any one that hasn't read it yet put it on your reading list and make sure you read it soon, because I can guarantee that this is going to be one of those books that everyone loves. When I read at the end there is going to be a sequel I literally screamed I can't wait for it, I just hope that one has a happy ending too and I can't wait to read it! Sep 06, Heidi rated it it was amazing. Full of humor and teenage drama that had me laughing. It was full of humor and sometimes laugh out loud teenage drama. Although our main character Mattie had some extremely serious issues that she was dealing with the book was light hearted and a lot of fun.
It was great watching her self confidence grow and so fun to see her and her sweet sister Ella become best of friends. I was cheering for our Hero of the story Jake to turn out to Full of humor and teenage drama that had me laughing. I was cheering for our Hero of the story Jake to turn out to be a good guy and I loved watching their relationship grow. Cute, clean read. Some brief talk of teen drinking and one incident of mild innuendo. Adorable ending. May 01, Chrissy rated it really liked it Shelves: clean-romance , contemporary , young-adult , i-own-ebook.
This is a good one! I liked the personalities of both sisters. I liked how the book showed growth and development and moral strength of both sisters. Looking forward to reading more by this author! Mattie is always left in the shadows of her beautiful and popular stepsister Ella. Ella has the looks, the friends and the guy.
Anyway, that has absolutely no bearing on how I feel about the book. Could a shallow person have depths?
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I am a sucker for those types of movies and secretly devour them. Publicly I will scream I am a horror fan, but I am a romantic at heart and I love when the underdog, or in this case ugly stepsister, gets the guy. Sep 05, Kathy rated it really liked it. This is not your typical young adult teen romance. This book is such a sweet and funny Cinderella story about Mathilda Mattie Lowe, a manga artist, who perceives herself to be the ugly stepsister of Ella; the beautiful, perfect, and popular cheerleader.
Eighteen year old Mattie, with her fuscia streaked hair and non-prescription black-rimmed glasses her crutch of sorts , is a defiant emo artist with with a long list of grievances against her perfect stepsister, Ella. Having never been kissed This is not your typical young adult teen romance. Having never been kissed herself, Mattie's biggest grievance against Ella is Ella's boyfriend, Jake, whom Mattie has secretly been in love with for the past nine years.
I loved Mattie's inner monologue and found myself laughing every time at her thoughts around Jake. Jake Kingston is touching me! We would have such beautiful babies with his eyes and my smile. But, when it comes to Pearl, Mattie says or does anything to irritate her mother - meet Mattie, the defiant deviant. Mattie is anything but a fairy-tale princess and doesn't believe she will ever experience a happily ever after. She is more the awkward, wallflower, geek who is invisible to everyone in school I cheered for Mattie each time she stood for what she believed was right I envisioned Mattie There were times when my heart broke for Mattie and the circumstances that seemed to always surround her.
She is very distrusting of everyone because of how she has been treated in the past by her peers and Pearl, and she doesn't think she is pretty enough to receive anything good out of life. I knew, in the back of my mind, that fairytales didn't come true for girls like me. Prince Charming never ended up with the ugly stepsister. I was just fooling myself because I so desperately wanted it. Mattie sports a bitter streak akin to the green-eyed monster. But, she does redeem herself in my eyes by exhibiting an inner strength that miraculously takes over her mind and pushes her down the right path, when her heart wants to lead her in the opposite direction.
Ella is the perfect daughter, perfect student, perfect girlfriend, and perfect I didn't want to like Ella - I kept waiting for something to be wrong with her Now, I don't usually like perfection in a character I don't trust all that perfection She is so sweet to Mattie and is willing to sacrifice for Mattie's happiness.
She became Mattie's fairy godmother in a Cinderella sort of way, which made me like her even more. I mean, I knew it was implied with her being a cheerleader, but she was easily the happiest person I knew. It made me grouchy. There are plenty of awww moments and a few aha moments. There is an expected HEA as Mattie comes to self-realization and resolves to just be herself, therefore everything else will fall into place as it should be.
This was definitely the central theme of the story. What if I could shut out every other voice, including my own scared one, and could just let things be? I made a List of Rights instead. I'm happy to learn that there will be a sequel set four years later, and I'm excited to find out what happens to Mattie and Jake after college. I give this book 4 stars and recommend it to every girl or woman who has ever dreamed of living her own fairy tale with her very own HEA.
I received an copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I'm pretty sure you are going to read that word one too many times in this review but it just cannot be helped. This book was so cute and I just loved it. Here's the thing. I have a teenage daughter that loves to read. She especially loves romantic teenage books but it is so hard to find those kind of books that are clean no swearing, no sex. It is full of all things teenager- school drama, boy c 4.
It is full of all things teenager- school drama, boy crazy drama, imperfect family relations and self doubt. Did I totally just sum up a teenager's world?! That was this book. It not only deals with the problem side of these things, it deals with the overcoming as well. That's where my love comes in.
Mattie is a normal teenage girl that we can all relate to. She has spent her life comparing herself to her step sister. The mean girl at school picks on her and her own mother belittles her. No wonder the girl struggles. I think we can all relate to having a crush in high school. Ah, the unrequited love. But what if your sister was dating said crush? What I love about Mattie is that she keeps plugging along. She doesn't set out to change the world right off the bat but she does come to the realization that she can be herself and she can do things that are great.
Once her thoughts change, her actions change and she begins to feel better about herself. She realizes what a great friend she has in her sister and life becomes better for her. I loved seeing that transformation. It's what this mother wishes for her daughter. It's a fast, breezy, easy book to read. It made me smile and it had the happily ever after ending that every romantic heart loves. My daughter is going to love this book. My first NetGalleyRead. Adored this book.
Have read it so quickly. Cinderella retold. Funny, romantic, cute A big thanks to Sariah Wilson and to NetGalley. Mar 03, Laurie rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance , read-in , teen , young-adult , fiction , contemporary , kindle. This is simply delightful! There were many times I cackled out loud at some thought or antic. The pacing was perfect for this book; I just had to keep on reading to find out what would happen next.
Almost as endearing as Mattie is her step-sister Elle. Both girls are strong, independent and creative but pursue different outlets for their talents. Importantly, however, both have their This is simply delightful! Importantly, however, both have their hidden insecurities and both learn some useful lessons as the tale progresses. As a mature reader, I liked that this book did include some pretty good adult role models, too.
In many of the YA books I have read the adults are either not present or, worse, portrayed as uncaring or obtuse. It is refreshing that there are adults in this book who are caring, generally reasonable, and have lives and concerns of their own. That woman is just evil! Unfortunately, although exaggerated, most of us also have had to deal with negative personalities like hers, too.
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