First the blurb, then an awesome top ten list from THE UGLY STEPSISTER STRIKES BACK author Sariah Wilson!
The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back
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.
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Sariah Wilson: 10 Funniest moments in THE UGLY STEPSISTER STRIKES BACK
(I only got through the first half of the book and I’d already hit ten of my favorite funniest moments, but I thought I should stop so that I wouldn’t give everything away! They’re in chronological order from the book.)
1. My name? Mattie Lowe. Actually, it’s worse than that. My real name? Matilda. I blamed my mother (and sometimes my dad, for not running any interference when my mother picked out the name). During one of our forced online chats, she said she named me after some old queen, that Matilda’s a strong name and meant “mighty in battle.” I was pretty sure it meant “my mom hates me.”
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2. Every time my father stumbled across her cleaning something, it made him ask me why I was so lazy. He assigned me chores that I had to pretend to do until he forgot and I could go back to doing nothing. As far as I was concerned, she was putting our housekeeper’s job in jeopardy, which I refused to do, because I was not selfish like that.
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3. He was smart and good at everything. I was so in love with him.
And I wasn’t sure if he even knew that I existed.
I sighed, because that was what unrequited love made you do. Sigh with self-pity.
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4. I was alone with Jake.
And I had no idea what to do with him.
I had imagined this moment so often and now that I was here my throat closed in on itself. I couldn’t think of a single thing to say.
That was a lie. I could think of a lot of things to say, but I was pretty sure if I told Jake I wanted to bear his firstborn child, he might freak out a little.
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5. He gave me a withering look, like I should have known better than to ask. “I’m looking at her playlist.”
Trent had this theory that you could tell everything you needed to know about a person just by looking at the music they have downloaded…
“Look at this,” he said with more excitement in his voice than I’d heard in years. “She has Saves The Day, The Smiths, and Sunny Day Real Estate on here. She’s the only girl I’ve met whose playlist doesn’t include at least ten crappy songs. Do you know how rare that is?”
He was talking about me. “Your theory is deeply flawed.”
“Says the girl with ten Justin Bieber songs on her phone.”
“There is no need to take the name of The Biebs in vain. You leave him out of this.”
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6. “I mean, I don’t know what good it does me to be one-quarter Japanese. I didn’t get any of the good traits. I suck at math. I’m uncoordinated so there’s no way I could ever be a ninja, and I think Harajuku fashion is weird. On the flip side though, I am a very bad driver.”
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7. She glared at me and then said, “We will resume this discussion when you stop being so deliberately obtuse.” She disconnected from our video chat.
I let out a squawk of indignation. Had my own mother just called me fat?
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8. I suddenly felt all giggly and girly, which was a completely foreign feeling. If I started twirling my hair, I was going to have Trent shoot me.
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9. He had no reason to want me though. Not when he could have any girl just by snapping his fingers. Well, not me, I decided. If he wanted me, he’d have to work for it. I wouldn’t be like those other skanks.
Okay, that was a total lie. If he had tried to kiss me they’d probably have to pry me off of his lips with one of those Jaws of Life.
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10. I’m pretty sure I started saying some unkind things about calculus’s mother under my breath because Jake raised one eyebrow and looked over at me. “Jeez, what did calculus ever do to you?”
“Here’s the thing. Math and I broke up two years ago, and now whenever we get together it’s just weird and awkward for both of us.”
“My top pick of 2012 YA… This book is just. plain. fun.”
~Jordan McCollum, author of Saints & Spies and I, Spy
“Sariah Wilson’s new book, The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, is hilarious…What follows is a story of fun and romance with some good non-preachy life lessons thrown in. The voice in the main character, Mattie, makes the whole thing. I thought it was definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone with teenagers or who just want to read a good teen romance.”
~Julie Coulter Bellon, author of All Fall Down and All’s Fair
“Sariah [Wilson] has written one of the funniest stories I’ve read in such a long, long time. I literally couldn’t put it down. Yes, my poor Kindle’s battery died and I was attached to a short power cord, contorted in a very uncomfortable position while I read to the end…. Sariah Wilson captured the back-biting, insecure, hormone-driven, clique-riddled high school atmosphere so perfectly you’d think she never grew up. I dare you not to laugh as you read this witty and oh, so, romantic story.”
~Debra Erfert of Windows into Writing
“Sariah Wilson writes like the best of/most popular YA teen fiction/teen romance authors – Sarah Dessen, Jennifer Echols, Susanne Collins, Cassandra Clare. She sucks you in and never lets you go. I finished the ~194 novel in one night because I just couldn’t go to sleep without knowing the ending! I hope that Sariah comes out with more novels, I know I’ll be re-reading this one all the time! She’s extremely talented and needs to be talked about. I highly recommend The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back! to anyone (over the age of 12) who wants a YA novel that’s a real modern-day fairy tale.”
~Hilary at Novel d’Tales
“This was such an entertaining story! I shouldn’t have started reading it so late in the evening, because I didn’t want to put it down to go to sleep…This is a book I can see myself reading several times. It’s a fast, clean read with great characters, and I highly recommend it.”
~Andrea of Literary Time Out
The book is wonderful. It’s quirky and fun. The story makes you laugh and you fall in love with the characters right from the beginning…This is a well-written book. It is one that will make you smile and sigh as you remember your first love. And it has a moral…be yourself, believe in yourself and maybe, just maybe, your fairytale will come true. Pick up this book.”
~Ana of The Book Hookup
Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is her fourth happily ever after novel. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).
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