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If you're a fan of fairy tales or teen chick flick movies like She's All That, Mean Girls, and Never Been Kissed, you'll definitely enjoy CINDERELLA GEEK by K. Sean Jennkrist. It's 315 pages, but it reads fast, and it's suited for tweens as well as older readers.
Delores is sick of being a geek. She's about to be a junior in high school, but even her middle school sister is more popular than her. Eileen has had four boyfriends in the past three years--and she's only thirteen. Delores is sixteen and has had zip. After watching Ever After and The Princess Diaries, she realizes that the only way to fit in and become more interesting is to change everything about herself. She asks everyone to call her DeeDee rather than Delores and implores her Aunt Gloria to help her become more fashion-savvy. In truly godmother-like fashion, Aunt Gloria goes through some new arrivals at the store she owns to give DeeDee some cutting edge outfits and books her with a great stylist who helps transform Delores into DeeDee. DeeDee's Cinderella-like state continues when she meets a boy named Griffin while out running with her friend Trey. She falls in the mud and her shoe pops up. Of course, "Prince Charming" is there to pick it up and help her put it back on! But what happens when Sheila, the most popular girl in school who DeeDee is dying to be friends with, decides that Griffin is going to be her boyfriend? Or decides to crush DeeDee and return her to her Delores roots? What will it take to make DeeDee realize what matters most?
DeeDee isn't always a likable character. She makes a lot of bad, selfish choices and gets too involved in hiding her identity and letting more popular classmates sway her decisions. She loses her friends and her identity, and doesn't realize it until much too late. At the same time, this sort of character is at the heart of these transformation stories, and many readers will sympathize with her. I wish the secondary characters had been a little more fleshed out and that there'd been more consistent interaction between DeeDee and Griffin. Her friend Trey was my favorite character, and I expected more from his arc. He was a great friend, even when DeeDee was blowing him off. I also really enjoy the evolution of DeeDee's stepmother, who started off as your traditional fairy tale villain, but evolved and grew deeper as the novel progressed.
I read this one in less than two hours, and would definitely recommend it to younger tween readers who enjoy stories of transformation and finding yourself. It's light on the fairy tale aspect, but has fun touches that will make fans of the genre smile.