Featured Review: Cinder & Ella (Kelly Oram)

About This Book:

What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity? It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything. … With a heartwarming online celebrity romance reminiscent of Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like, bestselling young adult author Kelly Oram has struck gold with her new adult contemporary retelling of the timeless fairytale classic Cinderella.

 

 

*Review Contributed By Michelle Lynn, Staff Reviewer*

 

 

Perfect as it could be.

If perfection was possible in literature, Cinder & Ella would be case and point. But alas, reading is subjective so we'll just have to say this book is perfect for those who love a heart-warming love story with a lot of bumps and bruises (or burns) along the way. 

The story: 
Ella is a young girl who loves her mom, loves movies and books, and loves her best friend Cinder. Only, she doesn't know who Cinder is exactly. He's her online friend who knows her better than anyone. 
Cinder in real life is a movie star, picking up the role in the very same movie where his nickname Cinder comes from. Even through all of that, he finds himself falling in love with a girl he doesn't know, a girl who suddenly disappears from his life taking his heart with her. 
The accident. It changes Ella's life, taking her mom and sending her into a world of disability, pain, and life with a father who abandoned her and his family who doesn't want her. It isn't until she gets the courage to message Cinder again that she can start putting the pieces of her life back together, even if they don't quite fit as they did before.
What I loved: 
Everything. 
This is not simply a love story, even though that is the main goal. The accident that left Ella with burns and a walking disability took all normalcy from her life. She is suddenly "that girl" and she has to navigate a world that is much crueler than it was before. Anyone who has experience with a physical disability is able to relate to her on another level. It's handled with grace and heart-wrenching realism. This book will have you crying on every other page, in between the glimmers of hope. It's storytelling at it's finest, making you feel so many things at the same time. It leaves you devastated and yet contentedly happy in the end.
What I didn't like:
Absolutely nothing. 

Final Verdict:
A masterful tale of a young girl facing enough adversity to break her down, only to show the reader just how strong you can be when you have no other choice. A book no reader could ever forget.



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