November 14, 2017
But what happens when you're the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect--pretty, smart, and, worst of all, nice--stepsister is dating the charming, devastatingly handsome guy you've had a thing for since you were nine?
Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her online. The school mean girl has made it her mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister is the most popular girl in school and is dating Mattie's secret crush, Jake Kingston.
Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She'll start by running for senior class president against 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 is a new release of an edition originally published by Fire & Ice Books with additional bonus content.
"Absolute page turner!" By Ashia 5 months ago
This book is amazing! I love The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back because it's funny and it has so much heart! I love the way Sariah Wilson turns the fairy tale on its head and made this story her own. We gain so much insight into Ella (why she loves to clean) and we even see her playing Fairy Godmother. Instead of the evil stepmother, we have an evil mother and a loving stepfather. But most of all, this is the story of the ugly stepsister, who's not really ugly (inside and out) and is maybe ugly only because she thought herself so.
I love Mattie's voice as the narrator; her personality really shines through. She's snarky but not too much, just enough to be witty and to win this reader's heart. I love how strong she is, how she held on to her integrity when asked to do something she knew to be wrong or against her principles. She had her moments of doubts, true, but in the end, she couldn't not be true to herself. Her insecurities stem from her mother's abandonment, and I love her growth throughout the story (Ella helped, of course), the realization that she shouldn't look at herself from other people's eyes, but through her own. There's romance, sure. After all, Jake Kingston was also the catalyst for Mattie running for senior class president and other changes, but in the end, this story is about Mattie's growth and her changing relationships with her mother, stepsister and Jake.
I absolutely love the bonus content, too, where we see several events from Jake's point of view! I love how this gave the story even more depth, but we don't need to read a scene-by-scene from Jake's POV, only the important parts, which is the best. And the first two lines? Huge squee!
This is by far the best fairy tale retelling I've ever read of Cinderella's story, and it's not even about Cinderella. And there's a sequel. I Can. Not. Wait. Bring it on!