First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted at Bibliophile by the Sea, where you get to share the first paragraph (or so) of a book you’re currently reading or thinking of reading soon.
This week I’m featuring The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson. I read a review of this book by Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews and when I combined that with the interesting premise, I decided to give this one a try. Here’s the first paragraph (or so) of the book.
My stepsister Ella was ruining my life. She was blonde, petite, beautiful, talented, popular, and worst of all, she was nice.
My dad married Ella’s mom, Rose, when we were both two. It was the year after my mother left me. After Ella’s mom divorced my dad, Ella still came and lived with us every summer, and every other Christmas.
We never went to the same school until Ella’s mom died from breast cancer at the end of our sophomore year. Ella moved in immediately. Nobody knew where her biological dad was (he bailed before Ella was even born). She belonged with us.
At first I was glad to have her. It was fun having a stepsister. Or, it was fun up until the beginning of our junior year. Over that summer, Ella changed everything. Her hairstyle, her makeup, and her clothes. She exercised every day. Ate carrots and crap like that. She got unbelievably gorgeous (and it probably didn’t hurt that her mom had been an actual Swedish Bikini Team model).
And she was new. The boys went crazy.
That was the first thing in my List of Grievances where Ella was concerned.
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.
But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?
Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.
Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.
Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.
And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.
What do you guys think? Will you keep reading?