Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Title: Just Ella
- Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
- ISBN: 9780613909280
- Page: 453
- Format: Library Binding
It s a familiar story In spite of the obstacles put in her way by her wicked stepmother, Ella goes to the ball, sweeps Prince Charming off his feet, and is chosen to be his bride Now she s comfortably ensconced in the palace, awaiting marriage to the man of her dreams It s happily ever after time, right Wrong Life for Ella has become an endless round of lessons and reIt s a familiar story In spite of the obstacles put in her way by her wicked stepmother, Ella goes to the ball, sweeps Prince Charming off his feet, and is chosen to be his bride Now she s comfortably ensconced in the palace, awaiting marriage to the man of her dreams It s happily ever after time, right Wrong Life for Ella has become an endless round of lessons and restrictions even worse, Prince Charming turns out to be like Prince Boring Why can t she talk with him the way she can with Jed, her earnest young tutor Slowly, Ella comes to realize she doesn t want the life she fought so hard to win But breaking her engagement proves difficult and dangerous than escaping her stepmother s tyranny.
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We all know the classical tale of Cinderella (or in this book Cinders-Ella), so I'm not going to restate it for you. This book takes place as an after-telling of what happens. There was no "fairy godmother or magic. It was a fifteen-year-old girl in charge of her own future. She went to the ball not to meet her future husband but to get a break from the hard life she had. However rumors spread that she used magic because it is easier to believe than the prince falling in love with a commoner. "P [...]
When I read the synopsis, I thought this book sounded kind of like The Princess Diaries, which I love, so I was pretty excited to read Just Ella. Sadly, it became pretty clear after the first few pages that this book wasn't what I was hoping it would be.This book had one of the most annoying main characters that I've ever read. She was whiny and dumb. As the reader I picked up on things way quicker than Ella did and I had to wait pages for her to catch up.The other characters were so poorly writ [...]
Reads like a twelve year old wrote it. Inconsistent, whiny, and altogether unlikeable main character.
Don't let the cover mislead you. This book is not set in modern times. What I liked so much about the book was that Ella had a lot more "umph" to her than the other Cinderellas I've encountered in other books.
First off, I was amazed on how fast I got through this book, mostly because of the easy flow of the dialogue and story. I read this in one sitting, and not the kind of sitting on a lazy afternoon. I went to bed to read, open this up and did not go to sleep until I was done.The Cinderella character (Ella) is both strong and witty, with a desire and innocent to change her world as well as comprehend ideas she does not understand. Reading between the lines, I think this book is a good commentary an [...]
I've read this book about a dozen times and every single time I love it more. This story is so well done, so interesting, so sweet, so much fun. I'm not usually a lover of middle grade novels but I will never stop loving this one. I could reread it a hundred times and never want to stop!
This book started out in the middle of the traditional Cinderella story. Ella is engaged to the prince. However, she soon finds out that her "fairytale ending" may not be what she really wants. At first I tried to like this book. But it was so obvious with the character cliche. I quote a review on amazon:"Even the "I am woman, hear me roar" attitude might have been tolerable if the other characters weren't so obvious! Charming, being a handsome member of the upper-class, is an airhead. Jed, bein [...]
A retelling of Cinderella story, without fairy Godmother and the magic pumpkin. I like the author's imagination in putting this story with a more reality touch.In this story, Cinders Ella, mistaken by Cinderella, or Ella Brown (her real name) lives in the palace, engages to Prince Charming, and waiting for her wedding day. While she's waiting she is supposed to learn everything she needs to know to be a worthy wive and a mother of their kids. Ella gets bored. And one night, when she was alone in [...]
3.5 (.5because of the ending!)
*sighs* You can't call a book feminist if the MC regularly shames fat women. Get your shit together.
Like it, but wasn't blown away. Would recommend to 7th grade and up dies talk about periods, sex, death. In Just Ella, Margaret Peterson Haddix puts a spin on the traditional tale of the glass slippers. In her version, Ella (sans "Cinder") finds her own way to the ball (there was no fairy godmother, despite the rumors) and wins the heart of the prince. But now she is finding that life at the palace as Prince Charming's betrothed is not as great as she thought it was going to be. In fact, it's do [...]
I can't help comparing this book to Ella Enchanted. Both are YA retellings of the Cinderella story. While I prefer Gail Levine Carson's version, I have to appreciate Margaret Peterson Haddix's injection of reality into the traditional fairy tale. No magic, no fairy godmothers, no magic pumpkins. Rather, this is the story of Ella who got to the ball under her own perseverance, and then gets herself out of the palace the same way. It was enjoyable and a good read for all ages. However, I would hav [...]
5th read update:GUYS THIS BOOOOK. It resonates so well. As a child and as an adult. Well done, Haddix!!! Now I'm off to find my Jed.This book is an all-time favorite. I’ve read it four times, and each time it gets better and better. I love retellings of fairytales – especially when the author completely renovates the story, and the characters. Instead of being the usual Happily Ever After, this book comes down to a Happily NEVER After.The story doesn’t begin at the “beginning”. The sto [...]
Actually, I'd give it a four and three quarters, if it's possible. Well, to start, this is the very first M. Haddix novel I've ever read, and already I know she is one of the best writers in the world. Not her writing, which isn't as impressive as some writers; not her characters, who are not diverse; not her plot, which is quite predictable; but the way she expressed her opinions about some world-issue through her stories. Her novels are gripping from the first page. I finished the novel in les [...]
This book purports to take place after the close of the fairy tale, but it doesn't. At the end of the fairy tale, at least the Grimm version, Cinderella gets married, and at the wedding a pair of birds pluck out the eyes of her stepsisters, leaving them blind. And don't forget that one of the had already chopped off her toes, and the other had chopped off a heel.Here, the book takes up two weeks after the Prince has retrieved Ella. She's ensconced in the castle and in training for her upcoming w [...]
Just Ella is another reimagining of the Cinderella story, where all the fairy godmother, magical coaches and talking mice are reassigned to gossip in the court because the truth of the matter is nobody would believe that Cinders-Ella had fixed a dress, ran to the ball and done it all on her own.It's a promising idea that becomes bogged down with relentless and two-dimensional antifeminist messages from everyone at court. Instead of creating an interesting take on how happily ever after may not b [...]
This is the only book I've read in a good long while that I've genuinely disliked; I was surprised to realize this is by the same author who wrote the Shadow Children series, which I've never read but have heard good things about. The writing style is clunky and awkward and frustrating. The main character is supposed to be strong-willed and independent but just comes off as bratty and entitled. Most of the other characters were caricatures: the handsome but stupid prince, the beautiful but empty [...]
Okay, I have to be honest. . e only thing great in this book was the plot. . stops there. Don't get me wrong, I hate writing bad reviews. That's why my lowest rating is going to be a 'D'. No author deserves an 'F'.Haddix's writing was the most boring I've read. It was dull and unexciting. I was snoring by the time I got to page 3. . . literally. I've looked at what others thought about this book and surprisingly, Just Ella elicited almost-perfect reviews. Maybe it's just me then.Haddix just cou [...]
Just Ella by Margret Haddix is a great book that takes place in the time of kings and queens. It is like the cinderella story but, after the part where the prince asks her to marry him and shes says yes it has a little twist. Ella was just an ordinary girl ,but her life changed when she went to the ball (of course without her step mother or step sisters knowing) danced with the prince all night raced out ay midnight left her shoe and whenthe prince found and asked her to marry him. Ella thinks t [...]
Royal reality is no fairy tale, just ask Ella Brown, aka Cinders-Ella.Just Ella is a smart, sobering, gritty, and entertaining retelling/continuation of a traditional fairy tale.
"I'd done something everybody had told me I couldn't. I'd changed my life all by myself. Having a fairy godmother would have ruined everything." - Ella BrownEveryone knows the story about Cinderella. She was a beautiful orphan in the care of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and her fairy godmother helped her get ready for the Prince's ball. There she winds up meeting the Prince, they fall in love after dancing the night away, only to have her run back home when the clock strikes midnight. [...]
Ostensibly and really, unless you think about it, Just Ella is a re-telling of the Cinderella. However, as one of my fellow seminar participants pointed out, when a tale has done away with everything that has to do with fairies and all other things that make up a fairy tale (for reference purposes, consult Propp's Fairy Tale morphology) does it still remain a fairy tale? Or has it somehow transcended mediums to become just a tale. Just Ella.We read this after we read Ella Enchanted so there were [...]
This is so not your typical Cinderella story. It begins after Ella has ended up in the Palace and is known as Princess Eleanora.Ella has a hard time with her life as princess. For one thing, she can't do any work or else she'll get a scolding from Madame Bisset. She must be ladylike. She cannot get into matters that don't concern her, such as if someone is hurt she must not get into the matter because it is too "gruesome for a lady". It isn't too far from how her stepmother, Lucille Brown, treat [...]
Over the years, I've seen many princess/fairy tale stories with a twist in celluloid form: Ella Enchanted, The Princess Diaries and its sequel, The Princess Bride, and all three of the Cinderella Story films. (Did you even know there was more than one?) This, however, is my first time reading one in quite a while. Though I enjoyed the spin on the classic fairy tale and how they empowered the heroine in a way that would make Anne McCaffrey (who once said, "Cinderella was a wimp!") proud, it was e [...]
Ella is stuck. As in stuck in the latest fashions. In the palace. Surrounded by royal advisers trying to teach her all the rules she will be strangled by for rest of her life, once she marries Prince Charming.At least there’s Mary, the young servant girl who tells Ella the truth.And Jedd, the passionate young man who’s been instructed to teach her about religion but would much prefer running a refugee camp for the victims of the Sualan War.So maybe the palace would be OK if Ella ever had a m [...]
Such a fun book, but it felt more like a beginning to a novel than a novel. Just when I thought the excitement was starting, the book ended. I would've appreciated it if it was longer, but there are sequels, after all, so I am DEFINITELY reading the rest of the trilogy! (Also, Margaret, thank you for creating Ella. She is awesome.)
Not the happily ever after we thought happened. Princess Ellas hopes and dreams about escaping her evil step family were not all its cracked up to be. The palace is a prison all in its own and once again she is a prisoner.
"Just Ella" by Margaret Peterson Haddix is an okay book. Ella just became the princess. Being new to the whole thing, she doesn't really know how to be a princess. She comes from a middle class family, and lives in a small house with her two step sister and step mother. Learning to do what a "proper princess" does is harder than Ella thought. She can't do anything she use to and everything has to be done by a servant. If Ella were to do anything on her own, she would get into trouble. While in c [...]
From almost the very first page it's obvious that Ella doesn't fit in at the palace. She tries to save a man's life and what response does she get? Her instructor is horrified beyond belief and almost faints. Ella dips her bland, practically tasteless bread in soup, and everyone stares at her like she's a freak. "Only peasants soak their bread in soup" Madame Bisset hisses at her with a look of scorn. The castle is dark and confining, and Ella isn't allowed to even set foot outside. Prince charm [...]
After Ella's father dies, she's stuck with her evil stepmother and two stepsisters. Instead of just being another family member, she becomes their slave for two years and she wonders if she''' have to stay like that forever. Finally one day a message from the palace arrives with a message of a ball for the prince and that all young women must attend. She isn't allowed to go, but sneaks out anyways. While at the ball she meets the prince and they are to be engaged. While living in the palace wait [...]
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