The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is a charming novel that, at the beginning, reminded me of the story of Cinderella. As I read more, I realized the two characters couldn’t be more different; Cinderella was a weakling, and Mattie is very strong and determined. The story is adorable, and one that many readers will identify with. Hot high school boy, gorgeous high school girl, and the clique behind them made up of clowns and divas that are only out to make everyone else look bad. The characters are dramatic and engaging, and quite likable. All in all, I really enjoyed reading this novel, and I know other readers will enjoy it as much, if not more, than I did. It took me back to a simpler time of my life. Perhaps it can do the same for you.
Mattie Lowe has always been stuck in her gorgeous stepsister Ella’s shadow. She is always chosen last for the team, never asked to the dance, and always the last one anyone would ever expect to do anything extraordinary. After a chance interaction with the hottest boy in school, Jake Kingston, Mattie decides that second best is just not good enough anymore. When Jake and Mattie are tossed together to do an English assignment, things get more complicated. After Mattie decides to run against Jake for the senior class president, with Ella’s support behind her, all bets are off. Will the ugly duckling turn into a swan? Join us at the high school dance and find out.
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.