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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Last week I talked about the movie which bares little resemblance to the book beyond character names and a few plot details. I loved the book when I first read it (I was probably about 10?) and then I didn't like it and now my favorite part is the end. Ella has a gift/curse from a fairy to be obedient. Throughout her life, her stepmother and stepsisters have used this to hurt her. She has suffered numerous degradations as she tries to break it. She has even almost lost her love Prince Char due to the sisters' machinations. But at the end he proposes and she wants to say yes so bad; in fact everyone is imploring her to say yes but she continues to resist, imagining how enemies could hurt Char and the country through her if she marries him with her obedience intact. Luckily she is able to break it and she gets to marry her prince and raise a family.
Beyond the Cinderella parallels, there are other traditional fairy tale elements such as fairies, giants, trolls and a quest. Ella is a smart, loyal, and kind young woman who works hard in order to overcome the obstacles in her life. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!