Saturday, May 2, 2009

Book Inspection: Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer (and contest!)

Plot Sketch: Cindy Ella Gold is the daughter of an ACLU attorney, and a loving mother who thought that it would be just adorable to name her Cindy Ella after Cinderella. Dad decided when baby girl was born, he'd go corporate and now works for a major movie studio. After Cindy's mom dies, her dad found a “suitable” second wife in Clarissa. Clarissa has come a long way from the trailer park in the South and is now a verified L.A. household engineer. She brings her twin daughters, Britney and Ashley (nod to the nineties pop queens) to the family. Fortunately for Cindy, neither her stepsisters or her stepmother are actually evil to her, they're just spoiled little rich girls and Cindy is a down-to-earth Jewish girl with a Jew-fro. (her words, not mine) Cindy writes a letter to the editor of the paper about how horrible prom has become with all of the anxiety and prejudice it causes and how it should be a rite of passage. The whole school loathes her for it. Poor Cindy has a crush on Adam Silver and he's the most popular guy in school, but then there's Noah, the hot SAT tutor, and don't forget the online relationship with BklynBoy. Oh, to choose. Find out more when you read it!

Verdict: I Heart It. I'll be honest. At first, I was kind of like, “meh.” And then I kept reading and it got really good really fast. I love that Cindy talks in B._._ terms. Before blank blank. She answers questions with several answers in an a), b), and c) format, including the acutal letters. She calls her stepsisters the Clones instead of the Twins. The only part that seriously bummed me out was when she called on her “Vintage Vanguard Vixens” playlist which included Liz Phair, Sarah MacLachlan, and Alanis Morissette; I'm just not ready to have them be vintage yet. It's a giggle-worthy story that will make you feel young again (except that Vintage part).

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Los Angeles, CA, USA

What is the main character's name?
Cindy Ella Gold

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
Yes. She's down-to-earth and fun and smart.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
one night.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
I got stuck at the very beginning because I was confused about the prologue and Chapter 1. Realize that the prologue happens after the first chapter which is kind of different.

Is this a good read for Monster?
Nope. Girly girly girly.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
The prologue. I'd ditch it.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
Oh there were SO many to choose from. I'm going to have to share a few:
“I was just waiting for the day when the news had a story about a yogi going postal in McDonald's.”

“I couldn't believe she had just broken commandment number 11: Thou shalt not embarrass best friend in front of hot guy even if she's technically in love with someone else.”

“For my first fifteen and a half years on the planet, my experience with guys had been so minimal that I would have probably been considered borderline retarded by most magazine quizzes.”

How many chapters were in the book?

Does the author have a website?


Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Puffin
Publish Date: February 7, 2008
Language: English
ISBN-10: 014240392X

Acquire It:

*I found it at Walmart in their YA section for less than $7, but it is eligible for Amazon's 4-3 program.

  • Another one of Palmer's novels, Geek Charming is set at Castle Heights High, but with different main characters. The main characters in Geek Charming are mentioned in Cindy Ella.
  • Check out Robin's blog.


I'm giving away my copy of Cindy Ella. Cindy wears all kinds of fun t-shirts in this book with slogans like: Celebrity in My Own Mind; Nascar Widow; Come To The Darkside, We have Cookies. For two entries into the contest to win my copy of Cindy Ella, leave your favorite t-shirt slogan in a comment. If you don't have one, check out The Story Siren's post yesterday about some fun t-shirts she saw at Threadless for inspiration.

Extra entries:
+1 For Tweeting This contest (retweets count!) Let me know you tweeted it in comments with your twitter username.
+2 For New Followers/Subscribers (tell me!)
+3 For Existing Followers/Subscribers (tell me!)
+3 For posting this on your blog - sidebar or it's own post. (leave link please)

Please combine all entries into the smallest number of comments you can. If I can't find a way to contact you, another winner will be drawn.

This contest is open worldwide. Entries accepted until 11:59PM, Arizona time, on May 15th, 2009.


Shel said...

Here's one I saw for my husband the other day: "I do everything the voices in my wife's head tell me to."

I'm a follower!

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

Shel said...

Tweeted this:

Win a copy of Cindy Ella from @iheartmonster

I'm @writereader

kathemc said...

Strangers Have the Best Candy

H said...

I'd love a copy of this, I can't get it from Amazon UK :(
I recently posted that my ideal t-shirt would say 'I ARE A CRITIC' but I went to threadless and love 'Procrastinators: Leaders of Tomorrow'

You're on my sidebar -

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Kate said...

I'm an existing follower. Is this international?
My favourite slogan is on a T-Shirt I own. It is yellow with a picture of mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup. Across the top is written, "Practise safe lunch. Use a condiment."

I Heart Monster said...

Yup. Open worldwide.

Kate said...

Yay :D

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Ashley said...

I would like to enter! booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com
+2 I liked the shirt "Rock is Dead! And paper killed it." :)

+2 I am now a follower.
+3 I posted this on my sidebar at


Diane (TheBookResort) said...

Good Luck to all.

Janet Carter said...

Um, I'm With Stupid! (too easy) So what about, "Will Trade Sister For New Video Game". :)

Lisette/T.V and Book Addict said...

My favorite t-shirt slogan is:
Sex, do it for the kids
I've been a follower :)

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bbx said...

I Recycle Boys!


Llehn said...

+2 My favorite t-shirt slogan is "Without ME it's just AWESO"
+2 I'm a new follower!

Great contest!


bbx said...

Here are my extra entries:
+1 Tweeted:
+2 Follower!
+3 Blogged:

Kelly B said...

Actually my favorite T-shirt slogan is one that my friend Brianna and I spray painted with stencils for a going away party for our friend Dan. They simply say "I WISH I WAS DAN" Believe it or not, I get more comments on that shirt when I go out. :)

Thanks for the giveaway.

+2 New Follower. :)

Thanks again


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BabygirlG said...

One comment I saw on a t-shirt that made me laugh was I Can Only Please One Person A Day. Today Isn't Your Day. Tomorrow Doesn't Look Good Either.

BabygirlG said...

I now follow your blog!

Jessica Kennedy said...

I would love to read this!
I'm an all-time fan of the classic slogan "Don't worry, be happy" That phrase just makes me smile every time I say it or see it.

I posted this on my sidebar!

I'm a current follower/subscriber! :)

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Guest said...

fave t-shirt slogan= there's stupid, with an arrow. I always wear it with my sisters:-D

sena said...

+2 I love the slogan "My Husband Rocks".
+3 For Existing Follower
+3 For posting this on my blog =

Dottie said...

My favorite t-shirt slogan is Have You Had Enough Of Me Yet?

Please enter me.

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Dottie said...

I'm a follower too.

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Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

My favorite t-shirt says "Cleopatra was black" which strikes me as hilarious and just makes the wearer look like an idiot since Cleopatra was actually Greek!


Kitten22 said...

I'm a new subscriber (through Google Reader)!


Kitten22 said...

I tweeted about this!


Liyana said...

I'm a follower.
My favourite slogan is where Jason (Freddie?) stands in front of a calender looking dismayed when it shows: Friday the 12th. Amazing!

Cinnamon said...

"If at first you don't succeed, don't go skydiving."

I already follow and this is going up in my sidebar!

bridget3420 said...

I love my "I'm allergic to stupid people" T-shirt

bridget3420 said...

+1 Tweeted - bridget3420
+3 Existing Follower
+3 Posted on sidebar

Wrighty said...

What a great contest! I'm new to your blog but I'm really enjoying it. I would love to read this book.
- When my oldest teenage son went on his senior class trip he got T-shirts for the family that said NY City on them. It was very nice and thoughtful. The next day I saw the shirt he got himself and it had a giant smiley face and it said "Boobies, Boobies, Boobies!" Nice souvenir, huh?
- I'm a new follower.
- I've added this to my sidebar.


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