At birth, Lucinda (a fairy) gives Ella the "gift" of obedience. As a result, Ella struggled through childhood, because whatever someone told her to do (no matter how crazy, silly, or dangerous), she was forced to do. This left her very lonely, isolated, and afraid of people because they might order her around. Now older, Ella wants to get rid of this “gift” and live her own life. To reach her goal, Ella must follow a quest and fall in love. As with most fairy tales, there is a happy ending and, having fallen in love with her prince, she breaks free, and they live happily ever after.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
This is a spin-off of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. I liked Ella Enchanted for many reasons. It has a classic story line like the original (glass slippers, evil stepsisters, a ball), but the characters are also unique. For example, Ella is a rebellious girl who wants to break free, rather than the traditional meek Cinderella in the original tale. Overall, I give this book 4 stars, for a nice twist to the traditional tale, but with a change in character traits that didn’t really change the plot too much.
Readers who love fairy tales, happy endings, and strong girls will not be disappointed in Ella Enchanted.
This is a "modernized" retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella.
Enjoy this for the fun of reading a fairy tale. Comparing it with the original could make for interesting discussions. Was Ella really different from Cinderella? What makes them similar? Did she really need that prince?
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Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Borrow, for sure. Pair it with the movie to see how the two compare.