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“I really enjoyed this book and the twist to Cinderella's story at the end. I loved thiws book and reccommend it to all teenage girls!”see full review » see other reviews »
“A cinderella story for sure, and just as good as the real cinderella story!”steacy wrote this review Monday, March 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Of the recent books I've read from an adolescent's point of view, this is the first one which really 'sounds' like a teenager. The author has the voice down solidly. Lucy's comparisons of her life to a Cinderella story are fun and the the author adds a few hints of cinderella with twists, as well. (stepmother lends her some silver shoes to wear to the prom, she trips on the stairs in the silver shoes as she leaves the prom). Loved it.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up–Teen readers will relate to Cinderella Lucy Norton's woes. Transplanted from San Francisco to Long Island because of the marriage of her father, who continues to spend working weeks on the West Coast, she grapples with a pseudo-family existence with her step-monster, Mara, and her magpie twin stepsisters. Lucy's dual passions of basketball and art characterize her and help her make connections. Negotiating that minefield of adolescence, the high school cafeteria, she often takes a sandwich to the art room, where she enjoys the kindness of her teacher and meets Sam, a talented but rude artist. An astute remark about basketball gains her the attentions of Connor, the team star and all-around hunk. With his notice come Jessica and Madison, as friends. Lucy enjoys her rapid ride on the social surf, featuring drinking parties, melt-away kisses, even the much-sought-after prom invite, but her home life is still difficult–her stepmother is trying to win some kind of bitch-of-the-year award. To confuse matters, she feels an artistic connection with Sam, whose conversation and interests make Connor seem more ornamental than substantial. While savvy readers will anticipate Lucy's ultimate pairing and improved family relationships, most teens won't be disappointed in the pleasant confection of wit, teen angst, shopping, girl talk, and flirtation. Kantor caters well to the witty-romance, girl-power book market, supplying a worthy offering for many who might not read otherwise.–”
“this book is about a teenage highschool girl who likes the cutteist guy in school...and is a princes at school but when she gets home its like shes the maid of the house when her dad is gone its a very intresting book :D”Cynthia Garcia wrote this review Monday, September 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When you hear the title – If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? – what do you think of? Probably the first thing that comes to mind is Cinderella. And you are not far off. The main character in this enjoyable book feels as if she is being treated like a Cinderella; even her new friends think so.
When Lucy’s mother died, leaving behind her husband and young daughter, it meant it was just the two of them for several years. Then her dad remarried and moved them to live in another city with his new wife and her two younger daughters. Lucy was relegated to a room in the basement, a very inadequately furnished room, and her dad was hardly ever home because he was still working in the city where they had lived before Lucy’s life was turned upside down.
Lucy felt unfairly treated, being expected to do chores the other girls were not asked to do and not treated very nicely. She felt like a .. well, the way Cinderella may have felt. Then she falls for a boy and things just get more complicated.
This is a story that holds the reader’s interest, and I think especially young teen girls will like it. I found myself thinking at times, this girl is being so emotional and self-centered … like a teenage girl with the jealousy, the angry outbursts, the drama. But that simply means Melissa Kantor hit it right on. Being on the other side of all that hormonal craziness it is easy to see what should have taken place, and I kept hoping someone would see through everyone’s foolishness and set things right. (Even the stepmother was exasperating.)
I won’t tell you what happened. ** Possible spoiler alert ** What I will say is .. there is some of the normal temptation stuff, but it’s the drinking that becomes the issue for awhile. It is handled well by the author, Melissa Kantor.
This is an easy book to read, interesting and engaging, and not simply a young person’s book. Why not branch out and see what our young people are reading these days? :) ”
“When Lucy Nortons father remarries and moves her from San Francisco to Long Island, Lucy finds herself living in a fairy tale - in all the worst ways. Along with her wicked stepmonster and bratty stepsisters, she suddenly has a basement bedroom and a list of chores a mile long. At least Cinderella got Prince Charming. When Connor Pearson - the dashing prince of Glen Lake High - notices her, Lucys life begins to change, and she finally starts looking forward to happily ever after. But sometimes the happy ending you get isnt always the one you expect: Lucys about to discover the truth about finding her real Prince Charming....and herself.
This was one of the first books I ever actually picked up on my own, and decided to read on my own terms. It ended up making me LOVE to read. It was an adorable book, with alot of drama, and even more love, and learning about herself, that it really made me like this book.”
“I love teen romance books and this is that. I loved this book becuase it is just what i like the under dog gets popular and then realizes what she reallly wants and has been looking for”Jamie Richardson wrote this review Tuesday, May 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pages 121 3rd Term
Text; If I could talk to the Authors what would I say or comment on? I would say that the book is one of the books that I wouldn't really get into and read. What Confused or Surprised me [the reader] about the text? Well, nothing really, mostly because I hate the book, it is probably better for adults. As I read this text, describe how you felt? Well, I thought it was alright but then her nasty friends made me put the book down because I felt it was in appropriate.
Plot; What parts of the plot did you find the most significant? None, I didn't get into it very much. Okay I might have liked it a little bit, so I did find a part that was important, the part where Lucy looks at Sam's portrait of HER but she didn't know it was her yet...What is the most important word in this text? Well, I don't know Love is a simple thing but chose the guys wisely. Well I guess that’s the word. What did the author of this text do that helped you enjoy the story or That made you not enjoy the story? Everything that I can think of, she swore a couple times, and the step mother, don't get me started on her! If you could change the ending, how would you change it? Okay, between those who read this I have read the ending and I thought it was magic.
Characters; Which character or characters did I [the reader] most enjoy? Sam, I thought he was the quiet guy that did art, that is why I love this character. Which character or characters did you think learned the hardest or most important lessons in this text? Lucy, she found out that it is okay to move you will find friends, and meet new people good and bad. Which character changed the most in this text? I don't know I never finished it but I guess I plan to finish it. What surprised you the most about any of the characters? Lucy's stepmother, she was the worst mother ever I wouldn't want to have her as my mother.
Setting; What events connected most with the setting? I don't know antique store I guess, both were old. If I could talk to the author about the setting of the book, what would you ask? Nothing because I didn't like her writing so I won't want to talk to the author. Was the setting important to the text? Sure, it always is but I didn't really care about it.
The Theme; Which passage in the text would you consider most significant or most important? The end of course, it is the best line in the book. Well personally I think so. What message did you take away from reading this text? You can find true love even in the darkest times. How do the changes the main character undergoes help you make a decision about the message of this text? She lost a love, well, that is what I am guessing because at the end…. I shouldn't say it…. My lips are sealed.
The Point of View; Who told the story in the text you just read? Lucy's point of view. I personally wish it put some of Sam's personal thoughts in it. Find a section of the text that you particularly liked. What did the author do to help you like that section? It just felt like magic at the end. But I am not telling what happens.
“What a great coming of age book for blended families!”Mrs. French wrote this review Thursday, January 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a very cute story and I loved it!”Em of Crunchy Frogs wrote this review Monday, January 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No