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:
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:
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.