Cinder & 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.
Who doesn’t love a fairytale? Growing up Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were my favorite princesses. I love modern day fairytales and Cinder & Ella doesn’t disappoint!
Ella had a lot going for her. She was living the life. A loving mother, getting ready to graduate high school. Although things have never been easy for them. Their lifestyle worked. Through her successful blog, Ella met her best friend Cinder and through her blog, their friendship continued to blossom. Ella’s mom decided to take them on a celebratory road trip, one that would change their lives forever.
One year later, Ella is struggling. Finding herself living with her father who she barely knows and his new family. She is miserable. No mom, no blog and no best friend. She is stuck, she is depressed and she wants freedom. Her so called family and her doctors don’t believe she is ready to be on her own. Proving to them she can be social and independent, she reaches out to the only person she knows could help… Cinder.
Let me tell you. My heart broke for Ella. Not because of the pain she is suffering but for everything!
Cinder or rather Hollywood playboy Brian Oliver is shocked when his best friend reaches out to him. He hadn’t heard from her in a year. Brian finds himself in a publicity bind. The person he is stuck with is the epitome of evil.
Ella and Brian lead busy lives. One struggles with the problems of being a celebrity while the other struggles with the aftermath of surviving a horrific accident.
This story does touch on some serious issues like bullying and death. How scars are not only on the outside but the metal scars on the inside. Having that core support and knowing you don’t have to suffer alone. It also teaches about strength and overcoming challenges, falling in love and taking risks.
This is a sad, sweet and fun read. Like a Hallmark movie for the Young Adults.
I do look forward to reading more from author Kelly Oram.