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.
Cinder & Ella begins when Ella gets into a horrific car accident. Then months later she finally gets the courage to contact "Cinder" again. He's been her best friend for the last three years, but she's never actually met him and doesn't know his real name. When she contacts him, she surprised to discover that he actually thought she may have been dead. Now, these two are back to being major friends. But Ella is going through a whole lot dealing with her new "family" and the kids at school. Life is pretty difficult for this young woman, and it seems the only person really there for her is Cinder. But Cinder is dealing with his own issues, and has know idea how to tell Ella who he really is. These two must put the truth out there before it is all too late.
This has got to be the absolute BEST "Cinderella" adaptation I've ever read PERIOD! I can not believe how awesome this book was. And the sad fact is, I put it off because I hate Cinderella adaptions because of the stepsisters and evil stepmother, but this one was so different it was like on a whole new level. I utterly adored the story line. Not only that, but I totally fell in love with both of the characters as well.
Ella is an extremely strong woman dealing with a whole lot of loss, and just trying to continue on with her life.
And while Cinder sort of pissed me off with the way he handle certain things, I still adored him too. These two make a perfect couple. And the happy part was it wasn't just a story about was romance, it was also a story of friends, love, acceptance, and a whole lot more.