Not Cinderella’s Type by Jenni James
Genre: YA, romance, Fairy Tale
Published: February 21, 2016
Format: Kindle book from Amazon
(You can purchase the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Not-Cinderellas-Type-Jenni-James-ebook/dp/B01C2YT1EM/ref=pd_sim_351_19?ie=UTF8&dpID=51XgV8Q5NaL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU01_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=1063MA1JFPGWFD580XZ4. It is only available in ebook format.)
For this review, I’m trying a new method for the first part of this. Instead of my own summary, I’ve just included the summary from Amazon and then while I was reading the first 2 chapters, I wrote down all my thoughts.
Summary from Amazon:
Indy Zimmerman has a new stalker who won't leave her alone, no matter what she says to him. Never mind the fact that he's one of the most popular guys at school—she’s positive Bryant Bailey is only trying to appease his own conscience after pretty much destroying her life. But when Bryant doesn't back down and insists on having some sort of bizarre friendship with her, his magic works, and her walls slowly start to crumble. He's not her type. She's never been into guys like Bryant, but then again, she's never really known anyone quite as stubborn, or caring, or who can get her to confess stuff she wouldn't even tell her best friend.
My Thought Process for the first 2 chapters:
From the start, the main character Indy seemed relatable. An unathletic person just trying to get through PE. After all, everyone hates PE right? Then approximately 2 paragraphs into the book, we meet the ‘hot boy.’ After all, every Cinderella retelling has to have a Prince Charming. We can immediately see that the boy, Bryant is a popular athletic one and Indy has some sort of hatred against him. (What I think so far: I feel like Bryant is a stuck up guy who has some interior motive talking to Indy.)
The two main characters obviously have some background to them, the story which the reader doesn’t know about yet. We can see that Indy want’s to kill Bryant, the reason still unclear, and Bryant totally admitting that she has good reason but he wants to make it up to her one day.
A couple more pages into the book, we find out several crucial pieces of information. One, Indy’s real name is Cindy and no one, not even her best friend knew; two, her mom died in an car accident; and three, the last thing Indy’s mom gave her was her cat and Bryant managed to kill it ‘on accident’.
In Chapter 2, we are introduced to the people Indy lives with. One of the changes made to the original plot of the story is that her dad left her mom when her mom was pregnant with her and Indy was sent off to live with her Aunt and Uncle and their two girls. In true Cinderella fashion, Indy has to do all the chores in the house. While recollecting her memories of her mom, piecing together the fragments of stories her relatives told her, Indy knows that she is her mom’s Cinderella.
***I stopped after chapter 2 to avoid any spoilers***
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this book to be as great as it was. This book surprised me. The plot was very well developed and all the characters had depth in them. Indy seemed like a relatable character in the beginning to most people but I believe that the people who may have suffered through the same situations to some degree may connect to Indy emotionally. Bryant’s character evolved so quickly. One moment he was this jerk that ran over Indy’s cat and suddenly he was connecting to all of her feelings and had more in common than we all thought. One thing I do wish for is that the author spent a little more time giving is his background instead of dumping it all in one paragraph because it was a lot of information to process. Also the character of Maxton, Indy’s best friend sort of disappeared after a while. I’m not quite sure whether or not this made a huge difference in the storyline but nonetheless, he was a good character while he lasted. The ending was a little rushed, which makes sense because after Cinderella and Prince Charming are together, it’s happily ever after.
Also, can we just take a moment and appreciate the cover? This is not the usual cover we would find on a Cinderella Story but it was one of the reasons I really wanted to start reading it.
Overall I give this book a 8 out of 10. The more I think about the book, the more I’m liking it. It has been a while since I read a book like this and made me feel this many emotions. The author made it seem like we were right there watching as all of this happened. I do wish for another book of the same story but on Bryant’s POV and another from the ‘stepmother’s’ POV but I guess a girl can only hope right?
What do you guys think? Will you read this book? And if you have, what do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below or chat me up on social media.
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.