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The Cinderella Swap by Linda Palmer

April 27, 2010

Sorry I’m getting to this so late today. I’ll be claiming minor personal crisis…

He hung up. I went into my cell contacts and added his phone number, bitterly tagging it ‘Unboyfriend’.

There’s a random line for you from Linda Palmer’s YA novel, The Cinderella Swap. I want to come up with an appropriate food simile for this book, but it escapes me. Suffice it to say that it’s never quite what it seems. Just when you think you have the story figured and you’re ready to sit back and watch it play out…Twist! Something happens that moves it into an unexpected direction.

The story starts out with our heroine, Ren, who has to serve detention for performing the kind and decent act of taking on a bully who is bringing an underclassman to tears. Sadly, in our zero tolerance world, such acts of heroism sometimes mean detention. But then karmic justice seems to win out when the super hot guy from detention wants to drive her home, because, guess what, the underclassman is his little sister.

And so begins the great romance of Ren and Dugan. They drive home, run into her mother, a juvenile court judge who, surprise! knows Dugan personally.

And so ends the great romance of Ren and Dugan.

So now we’ve pretty much gotta read on because you know that the hot guy who’s so grateful for a kindness shown to his little sister must be the delinquent with the heart of gold, and you know these two crazy kids are going to find a way to work it out.

I found Ren to be an excellent heroine. She’s intelligent, accomplished, a genuinely good person, and she doesn’t apologize for any of her good traits. Throughout the story, when she does make wrong choices, she knows she’s doing the wrong thing, her rationalizations are humorous, and disaster generally follows.

I’m giving The Cinderella Swap 3.5 out of a possible 4 cookies. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys teen romance, and especially if you read and enjoyed Meg Cabot’s (writing as Jennifer Carroll) “1-800-WhereRU” series. I got mine at Fictionwise, and you can find more purchasing info at the end of the book trailer.

~Cookie

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