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Publisher's Summary

Ella Brown is unhappy. Shivering cold in her luxurious bed, she's afraid to get up and light the fire because she's recently been scolded for doing things servants are supposed to do. New to the castle, Ella is having trouble adjusting to her unfamiliar role: princess. In this wonderful continuation of the Cinderella story, award-winning author Margaret Haddix imagines a heroine who has gotten what she wants, not through some fairy godmother's magical intervention, but by taking control of her own destiny. The trouble is, now that her dreams are coming true, Ella has serious doubts about what "happily ever after" really means.
Just Ella offers young adult listeners a very contemporary take on one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time. Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan magically brings life and depth to Ella, who is determined to act on her heart's desires - even when they take her in unexpected directions.
©1999 Margaret Peterson Haddix (P)2000 Recorded Books,LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Haddix puts a feminist spin on the Cinderella story, beginning her tongue-in-cheek novel where the traditional story ends." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Provocative and entertaining." ( Booklist)
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By CassD on 09-24-16

Petulant and contrived, but don't worry, the main character is beautiful

and they'll be sure to tell you so every 5 lines.

I cannot believe all of the good reviews of this book? Good heck, why???? I think I am a pretty easily entertained reader. I generally enjoy most books, and love many! I really enjoy a lot of young adult lit. But the only thing worse than the story (flat, contrived and painfully boring) is the narrator. Her voice is just grating. And I think much older than the character is. This was truly painful to listen to and for sure, I stopped because I don't hate myself enough to finish.

The main character is petulant and whiny. I love a good strong female character, but nothing about her is authentic to either a real person or the period in which this is intended to be. And Cinderella is beautiful, we GET IT! Holy hell, how many times do you think you can mention how beautiful she is? Really?? Listen, we as readers almost always automatically envision beautiful people playing the roles of most main characters (unless otherwise is developmentally necessary to the plot). Speaking of plot, was there one in this book?

I don't want a refund; I want the last 3 hours of my life back. I feel robbed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By on 01-21-18


Where does Just Ella rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this book when i read it in school and i love it even now. I recommend this book for anyone as it has a great story and a great main character who is strong and beautiful, but also smart.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Just Ella?

When Ella decides what she is going to do and does it. she stands up for herself and just gets to work.

Have you listened to any of Alyssa Bresnahan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

first time, nothing to compare

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the entirety of the book moves me but when Ella stands up and tells the prince she doesn't want to be with him and gets out of a sticky situation after that, thats what moved me the most.

Any additional comments?

Everyone one needs to read this book

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