5/ 5 stars
Title: Cinder & Ella
Author: Kelly Oram
Published date: October 1st, 2014
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.
This is the second book this year that made me laugh out loud like crazy. I love this book. It’s the kind of books that appeal you from the start. From the very first sentence, I knew I would like it.
Ellamara’s life is far from a fairy tale. After suffering from a tragic car accident that not only left her alone but also scarred physically and emotionally for life, Ella moved in with her step family and a father that had left her when she was eight. Moving from Boston to the sparkling city of Los Angeles, Ella struggled to cope with her disabilities and her accident. She turned to her best friend, whose internet name is Cinder.
Cinder is a character that you instantly hate at first. He is an arrogant and bad boy pop star, much like Oakley Ford in When It’s real. Cinder and Ella both leads a hectic life. However, they found comfort in each other through instant messaging and their love for books. They know everything about each other, well except for their identities. Throughout the story, Cinder and Ella will find each other off-line, and find their own happily ever after.
The main character is relatable, Ella has her own blog and she loves to read. I find her strength after the car accident admirable. I found her humor throughout the story entertaining.
However despite the light hearted romance, there are serious themes and messages in the book that was glossed over. Ella, despite her physical disabilities (70% of her body was burned during the car accident) stayed strong. She learned to cope with imperfections in the life; she learned to cope with constant bullying in school. This book also deals with a lot of abandonment issues, bullying, loneliness, love, family and friendships. The adversities that Ella went through broke my heart.
Overall, this is definitely a book recommend. It was cheesy, light and fun. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Happily Ever After.