The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson
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.
This story was both funny and sweet, but managed to have just enough drama to not be sappy. Mattie is dealing with a loving but spacey father, an absent and annoying mother, a stepsister who just too good to be true, and a lifetime crush on the most popular boy at school – the boy who happens to be dating Mattie’s stepsister. This book was entertaining all the way through and was a great (mostly) light read. It’s not completely fluffy. There are some serious family issues that have to be resolved and Mattie learns a few lessons along the way about standing up for yourself and not judging others. For the most part, though, this is a quick and fun read. I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite lines.
I looked like the bedraggled love child of a sad clown and a racoon.
Maybe I should ask Awkward if it wanted to go to the masquerade ball with me since lately we seemed to be spending so much time together.
But when he told me he didn’t like Clayton Kershaw, I gasped and said, “Inconceivable.”
“I do not think that word means what you think it means,” he shot back.
About the book
Title: The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back
Author: Sariah Wilson
Publisher: Fire & Ice Books
Release date: Aug 15, 2012
Where I got the book: Free from the author in exchange for an honest review
Author Sariah Wilson
Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is her fourth happily ever after novel. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).
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