5 Hearts · YA Contemporary

Cinder and Ella By Kelly Oram

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.…
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

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Okay, so let’s be real. The book as a whole wasn’t bad at all. I actually liked it a lot. This is my second book of Kelly Oram’s and I have yet to be disappointed with her writing.

The story is about a girl name Ellamara Rodriguez, she goes by Ella. She suffers a terrible car accident and ends up having to move across the country to live with her estrange father. He dad has remarried, a super model and has adopted her two daughters.

So there is your Cinderella parts for you. The kicker is, the car accident caused 70% of her body to be covered in 2nd and or 3rd degree burns. Ironically, and by providence her face was saved with no marks.

So we have a beautiful girl, who now has a deformed body. She is suffering depression, due to the loss of her mother and her new ailments. She has to move, deal with a family she has no relationship with and go to a new school. Yea her life sucks.

Only bright spot is her “email pal” Cinder.

They made a connection and have never met. Kicker is Cinder is under an alias. He is actually I movie star, think of like a Zach Eforn or Rob Patterson. That is pretty much the equivalent in popularity.

Their relationship blossoms and evolves to phone chat. She has no idea who he is and he has no idea about what has happened to her. So the story unfolds.

So my thoughts. I loved the struggle that Ella went through. It felt so real and raw. Depression is a serious condition that I think to many people over look or just push by the way side. I think that Kelly Oram created Ella’s character as a well rounded individual. The evolves though the book and becomes a confident person.

I laughed out loud at some of the dialogue in the book, which was refreshing. There was one chapter near the end I cried like a baby through. It was so devastating the bulling and torment that Ella had to endure.

Over all I give the book a 5 Heart Rating.

Excellent Kelly Oram. Another great read!

Should you read this book?

Oh YES to the YES! It is heart warming, empowering and tear jerking.


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Parental Info:    Bullying! Mild language, kissing and sexual conversations. Ella is burned over 70% of her body from a car accident and her mother died instantly.

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