I'm a huge sucker for fairytale retellings, especially Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast ones So when I saw this book on Bookbub for free? Yeah I was all over it!
This book had very "A Cinderella Story" movie vibes. I could easily picture the movie in my head, but instead of a white, blonde-haired girl, Daniela, or Ella is a Puerto Rican, tan skinned, brunette girl.
Ella lives with her (evil) stepmother, Sophia, and (evil) stepsisters Lindsay and Courtney. After her father passed away on her 11th birthday, she is left under their care. And because her father didn't leave them any money in case something happened to him, Ella is forced to withstand all the verbal abuse from her step family, since it only through their help she can pay for college in 2 years.
Ella is a geeky girl, who loves maths and computers. And she usually doesn't have many close friends, but her one true friend is not someone she can talk to in person, but online. They know everything about each other, except their names. Baller929 and #TheRealCinderella get along really well, they speak and laugh and Ella helps him with his maths homework. But afraid to ruin a wonderful friendship, she doesn't tell him who she really is or even which school she goes to.
But what happens if they eventually have to meet? Will she let him know who she is? Will she open up to him?
I really enjoyed this modern-take of Cinderella, it was fun and lovely. Had hints of humour, a little angst but Ella's group of friends and her conversations with Baller929 make it worth reading
An enjoyable read, really want to read more about Ella's story and her friends