Monday, September 24, 2012
Teens Will Enjoy The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back
The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, by Sariah Wilson is an adorable novel for teen readers. It’s a cute romance story while teaching some good life lessons. Mattie, the “ugly” stepsister has been in love with Jake, the Homecoming King, since she was nine years old. Her beautiful, perfect and even nice stepsister Ella happens to be his girlfriend and Homecoming Queen, of course. Mattie is also the girl most picked on in school. Despite all this, she decides to run for President of her class. Mattie and Ella both live with Mattie’s dad after the death of Ella’s mom. But dad is oblivious to the girls and with Mattie’s sad life. He’s an artist and seems lost in his work while also pursuing the hobby of wife collection – he’s on his sixth. Mattie’s thrown into an English project with Jake. It certainly doesn’t go over well at first and Mattie’s in line for some other wisecracks and practical jokes by others in Jake’s social group. But Jake has problems of his own and eventually opens up to Mattie. This is a cute book and a good read for teenagers. The life lessons are good yet it’s kept light and can be quite humorous. I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my review.