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  Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

Review by: Tania D.
Nebraska, Grade 7

Something I liked about the book was that you can really relate to it. Itís fun to read because it is written kind of like a journal and a teenage girl is writing it. The author had a way of making Cindy Ellaís problems seem kind funny. It also has interesting characters like India (Cindy Ellaís best friend) who is vegan and is kind of like a hippie. Another character is Malcolm, her other best friend who is homosexual. Something that I didnít like very much about the book was that sometimes it talked about one thing for a very long time and it got a little boring for a while. I didnít really like it that they made everyone be so preppy and superficial and saw her as being so weird because she wasnít so self centered ,but I guess that was al part of the story. Itís also funny that the guys she likes are impossible to have. One of them lives in Brooklyn ,NY(across the country) and the other one is homosexual.

The book takes lace in Los Angeles, California, which makes some of the characters in the book kind of superficial. Although most of the characters are preppy and beautiful, Cindy Ella doesnít feel like she fits in because she thinks she has the body of a twelve year old boy. She writes a letter to her school newspaper saying that prom is a waste of time and she was not going to go so some people made fun of her for that. Her stepmother wasnít much help either , because she spent her time making Cindy Ella feel bad and telling her she needed to be like all the other girls. On the night of the prom the most popular guy in school (who she is madly in love with her) takes her out on a date and she has her first real kiss with him .After that she thinks everything was well worth it.

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