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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson

Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.


I don't even know where to start...this book is phenomenal!!! I haven't read a YA in years. I got it because it was free and the blurb sounded interesting enough. I went in thinking I knew how the story was going to be, and boy was I wrong! It's like one of those epic 80's movies...but set today. And I don't mean that it was super cheesy or anything like that...it was just this sweet yet angsty, beautiful, perfect piece of work. The characters were perfect, the story was perfect, it was just sooo perfect. I know I'm repeating myself, but there isn't much I can say right now, I'm still on such a high from reading this book. I'm probably going to read it again right after I post this! I'm not ready to leave Sariah Wilson's world or her characters. I wish I could find the perfect adjectives to describe my feelings toward her book, because I really want to send her a fan letter and just gush about what a rare treat this was for me. I'm a fan, 100%. I will buy and read every book she puts out. Bravo, fantastic, outstanding, extrordinary - that enough adjectives for you people? But seriously, this story spoke to me on so many different levels...a lot of them personal, so I'm not going to talk about them here. It truly is a wonderful read and I recommend this to everyone. Everyone should read this book; moms, dads, daughters, heck read it to your cat! Just read it, the world needs to be aware of this book and this author.

I knew halfway through the book that I was going to give it 5 stars. The moment she mentioned Sailor Moon, I knew. Anybody that mentions Sailor Moon in their story automatically gets 5 stars from me. ;-)

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