Just Ella

Just Ella

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"Princess, nobody can stop those rumors. People would rather believe in fairy godmothers...than think that you took charge of your own destiny."Like every commoner in the land, Ella dreams of going to the ball and marrying Prince Charming. But after she is chosen to marry the prince, life with the royal family is not the "happily ever after" that Ella imagined. Pitiless and cold, the royals try to mold her into their vision of a princess. Ella's life becomes a meaningless schedule of protocol, which she fears she will never grasp. And Prince Charming's beautiful face hides a vacant soul.Even as her life turns to misery, the stories persist that Ella's fairy godmother sent her to the ball: How else could the poor girl wear a beautiful gown, arrive in a coach, and dance in those glass slippers? But there is no fairy godmother to help Ella escape the deadening life of the castle. Can she do it on her own?Margaret Peterson Haddix's reconstruction of the Cinderella legend without the magic -- how a commoner could have married the prince -- is a story as richly fascinating as the classic tale.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1999
ISBN: 9780689821868
Characteristics: 154 p


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AL_LAURA Feb 07, 2018

What if Cinderella didn't want the Happily Ever After?

Jul 10, 2016

Its a good book. I like how the main character will give up what everybody else in the world wants just because she knows its not the position that she would love to be in. It sends a good message!

Jun 02, 2016

Good book! I found myself face palming because of Prince Charming....I love Ella's daring nature and how nothing could stop her.

I discovered Margaret Peterson Haddix about ten years ago and would consider her one of the best YA authors out there. "Just Ella" takes the Cinderella story and addresses what happens AFTER the ball. She is now living in the castle training to be a princess. She discovers a world she didn't know existed and doesn't like. People are trying to turn her into someone else, there are stories going around about how she got the ball, and the handsome prince is boring. She wants out, but they are not going to let her go. She ends up in a dungeon with a dangerous guard. She will have to save herself! This is NOT a book for young readers. Recommended by Linda

Oct 17, 2015

Best Cinderella story I have read to date. This is a woman who does whatever she can to take control of her own destiny.

Jun 21, 2015

A charming fairytale add on

Nov 04, 2014

Just Ella is a sassy, fun, quick middle grade read. It takes all of the eye-rolling ridiculousness of the Disneyfied version of Cinderella and doses it with some slightly cynical, very entertaining snark.

This was a super-quick read (it's only 218 pages) with a refreshing heroine, and a lot of "save yourself" messages. I recommend it for young girls, but also for fans of fairytale retellings, sassy YA, and anyone tired of the Happily Ever After trope.

May 26, 2014

I really enjoyed this book, found it to be quite interesting and engaging.

Jan 18, 2014

Amazing book! The truth behind Cinderella is unfolded;) DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!!!

Sep 13, 2013

An excellent read! I loved the way Haddix based it on Cinderella. Be sure to read Palace of Mirrors also!!!!!!!

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ddurkin0726 Jun 01, 2015

this is a interesting read. some of the events come out of nowhere you should read this book


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