Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cinder and Ella

Title: Cinder and Ella
Genre: Contemporary YA/NA
Author: Kelly Oram
Rating: 5/5

About the book:
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 fiancĂ©e—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.

My thoughts: 
Well, I am not going to lie, this book made me cry so much. Both happy and sad tears. Reading about how much Ella was bullied made me so sick of our society because bullying happens so much. It is absolutely upsetting. Once having been bullied myself, this book stood out to me so much. It was not as bad as Ella, but people can be cruel. I bawled so much,I am not over exaggerating!
I have to say, there was not much romance in this book. Usually that is what I love to read but for some reason, it did not matter that there was very little. The overall message was much stronger and I liked that. Mrs. Oram did a fantastic job of making this story very real. Because life is not all about romance-it is about so much more. I am not even sure I can express the emotions I felt towards this book which is uncommon for me. This was such a unique romance. Sure there was a lot of bullying and hurt involved, but Ella grew to love not just Brain but herself as well. She grew a new-found confidence with herself. Of course I also liked all the interactions between Ella and Cinder. ;p He obviously cared a lot for her. It was sweet.
Overall, a definite must read. It really makes you open your eyes to how horrible and cruel people could be. A great message. I loved it!
Also, Ana was awful and I hated her so much-she had no redeeming qualities. 
Thank you for writing this, Mrs. Oram.

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