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Okay, I have to be honest.


She also realizes that the prince is really not so great. She doesn’t have a dream of her own. Ostensibly and really, unless you think about it, Just Ella is a re-telling of the Cinderella.

Rather, this is the story of Ella who got to the ball under her own perseverance, and then gets herself out of the palace the same way.

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What I liked so much about the book was that Ella had a lot more “umph” to her than the other Cinderellas I’ve encountered in other books.

She had ideas and dreams and it was more then needlepoint and etiquette classes but she was to be seen hadrix not heard.

It really changes the preconception of the Cinderella ell, the one that little girls are used to seeing from Disney. That was very, very funny. Apr 28, Sylvia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Instead of creating an interesting take on how happily ever after may not be as easy as it seems, it becomes a terrible trap because everyone aside from Ella and her two friends is either so amazingly vapid Charming, the ladies in waitingso terribly concerned with tradition Lord Restonor just needlessly cruel the stepmother and Madame.


I was snoring by the time I got to page 3. As in stuck in the haddiix fashions. View all 3 comments. It took my less then a day to read it was so enjoyable. Ella-we know the story of how she got to be in the palace but she was having a hard time conforming to the way the royals did things.

But the palace is oppressive in a different way, and she actually ends up losing some freedoms …more She isn’t queen yet, just engaged to Prince Charming.

In her “real” version of the night of the ball, there is no fairy godmother. But the story was pretty good and realistic.

Just Ella – Margaret Peterson Haddix

There was no “fairy godmother or magic. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat So maybe the palace would be OK if Ella ever had a momen Ella is stuck. This was a super interesting after-telling and I am glad I read it. Jul 10, Abbie rated it liked it Shelves: Rather, Ella acts on her own and changes her world. Most of the side characters were intentionally horrible to Ella and they’re mean in the most ridiculous ways.


She’s ensconced in the castle and in training for her upcoming w This book purports to take place after the close of the fairy tale, but it doesn’t. Also, Margaret, thank you for creating Ella. Just when I haddux the excitement was starting, the book ended.

Instead we are getting a fairy tale where some of the archetypes have been switched. Jul 08, Val rated it it was ok.

Happy to see a fairy tale character that does NOT want a prince. Instead of writing out what would, predictably, happen, she stopped before Ella answers the proposal from you-know-who. Did you ever think if they really did live happily ever after? They are there to look pretty and to wait for the men to need them Like it, but wasn’t blown away. Is it possible to hate the writing but love the characters and the plot? To view it, click here.

Haddix novel I’ve ever read, and already I know she is one of the best writers in the world. See all 8 questions about Just Ella…. That’s why my lowest rating is going to be a ‘D’. Feb 04, Rissa rated it really liked it.