Cinder & Ella
by Kelly Oram
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.
Okay, I admit, this was kind of cheesy and has a teenybopper feel. But I’m a big fan of Cinderella and I think I’ve read almost every Cinderella retelling there is and I always feel good after reading them.
Now with Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram.
Ellamara (gosh, I love this name!) had a blog where she wrote all her movie & book reviews. She’s got an Internet friend, Cinder, who was quite endearing eventhough they constantly argue online, especially when the topic was about The Druid Prince. On her birthday, she and her mom were to supposed to celebrate her birthday but fate had other plans for them. An accident happened, her mom died, and she was left disfigured.
After 8 months in rehab, her estranged father took her under his wing and she lived with him, his new wife and stepsisters, Juliette and Anastasia. Life with her step-family was miserable, unbearable and painful, especially with Anastasia, who did everything to make Ella’s life miserable. And there’s the private school where her father had enrolled her. She’d been bullied, criticized, laughed at, sneered upon. Her life was indeed a living hell.
She needed a strong support system, according to her therapist, and luckily, she made new friends with Vivian and Juliette (who eventually extended an olive branch).
Then there’s Cinder. Yes, finally she reconnected with her online friend. And her life was never the same again. Especially when the truth came out about Cinder’s real identity. Even Hollywood was shocked!
Okay, this was a YA-genre read, and I’m over and beyond the young adult age, but I’m not fretting. It’s not everyday that I get to feel giddy and love-struck when reading a book. Kelly Oram was a great author, as she had effortlessly made me swoon for Brian Oliver. (I know, I’m almost twice his age). Ella was adorable, in her own little way. I guess I can be allowed to go on gushing from time to time, so please indulge me. My husband says, if I were still in my teens, I might not be giving him any of my time. At all. Anyway, for now, I gotta read other Kelly Oram beauties!