Title:  The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

Author:  Sariah Wilson

Published:  August 2012

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.

***Note:  This book was submitted to the Book Hookup by the author but that did not in any way influence this review.

Ana will put this book on her second shelf!

My Review:  You know how they say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…this book is proof of that!  The book is wonderful.  It’s quirky and fun.  The story makes you laugh and you fall in love with the characters right from the beginning.  But the cover….well…all I can say is don’t let it deter you!

Matilda has a sister.   Her name is Ella and she’s perfect.  There’s also a guy she’s been in love with since she was nine.  His name is Jake and he’s gorgeous and popular.  The problem is that she feels disconnected from these people, like the odd man out…like the ugly stepsister!  And this could make the story depressing, but it’s doesn’t.  Mattie is such a strong character.  Even with all the usual teenage angst, she’s still has a great outlook on life.  She’s snarky and has a hilarious internal monologue that had me laughing out loud.  For the most part, she doesn’t let a mean girl at school or a mother who spends most of her time pointing out her flaws get her down.  And, although she has a difficult time believing she’s as great as she is, she still fights for what she wants.  She would make a great best friend.

The secondary characters were wonderful as well.  Jake was the perfect high school hunk that each and every one of us has fallen in love with at some point.  Come on…admit it!!  He’s good looking , popular, smart and everyone loves him….and didn’t we all want a part of that?  The wonderful thing is that he’s also a great guy.  Ella is not only beautiful but also a caring sister.  And, even though Mattie has a list of grievances against her sister, she re-evaluates their importance as the story progresses.  The mean girl, Mercedes, was so well written that I could picture her clearly.  After all, I went to high school with a “Mercedes”…hmmmm…maybe more than one!  Together, this band of characters help build a story that has smiles, tears, frustrations and love.

This is a well-written book.  It is one that will make you smile and sigh as you remember your first love.  And it has a moral…be yourself, believe in yourself and maybe, just maybe, your fairytale will come true.  Pick up this book.  It’s a quick read that will leave you with a smile on your face and prince charming on your mind!

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