When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world? (From Netgalley)
Sissy: This book takes me back to summer visits to the California coast when I would pick up whatever book whose cover caught my eye at the store or library and read it on the road and at the beach. The Ugly Stepsister, due to its content and its cover, would have been something I’d immediately have picked up. It is a perfectly fluffy retelling of a classic fairytale, although in a unique and unexpected way, and our heroine Kat turns out to be much more than the shy, angsty teenager we first meet.
Bubby: I can tell you right now that when we go on vacation later this summer, both my teenagers (and one is a boy!) will be reading The Ugly Stepsister – probably fighting over who gets to read it first, if you want to know the truth. Kat is such fun as she desperately tries to fix the lives of the storybook characters while crusading for modern social justices, all in a corset and hoop skirt. I think if I had to wear a corset (despite that fact that people say they’re not so bad) I’d just recline on the nearest fainting couch and stay there until someone unlaced me. Heck, I take my comfy modern bra off the minute it’s socially acceptable!
Sissy: When’s that, Bubby? 1 or 2 in the afternoon?
Bubby: If the house is empty and I’m not expecting anyone over…
Sissy: I have no problem getting rid of medieval torture devices invented by men to subdue women. Speaking of which, I love how our Kat bravely stands up for human rights in a setting where she could get locked up or worse for doing so. On a less serious note, there’s a handsome prince in the story who I imagine my 16 year old summer reading self would have swooned over. As Kat says, “a walking personification of hotness”, the prince (who she calls Darcy Guy until she figures out that he’s Prince Edward) is also forward thinking and appreciative of Kat’s courage and boldness. He’s a keeper! And so is The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling.
Bubby: Unfortunately, in this story Kat is the stepsister, not Cinderella. And everyone knows, Cinderella gets the prince. Right? Right?? I can’t wait to read more from Aya Ling, starting with Princesses Don’t Get Fat. Just the title alone is fabulous! I declare The Ugly Stepsister to be the first beach-worthy read of the summer. Now I just need to find a beach…
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