Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Damsel Distressed

By: Kelsey Macke
Location: FIC MAC
Genre: Fairytale with a big twist

This book is awesome- it has Q R codes as illustrations throughout and those take you to a website that has songs from a band that are written to go alongside the story. It is awesome to see technology and the written word go side by side.

Most of us grew up with stories of happily ever after, of good triumphing over evil. But in real life the beautiful girl isn't always the good, kind-hearted princess; and the plain girl isn't always the bitter, angry monster. Sometimes it's the other way around..

You can see where this is heading- maybe Cinderella is a nasty piece of goods, deceitful, smarmy, and just plain mean. I always had a touch of sympathy for the Ugly Sisters, maybe it is the title they have had to carry for years, maybe  they are just fighting to be loved or liked- or maybe because they are so jealous and that is a green eyes monster- that destroys.

 Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.


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