Kid’s Book Review: Cinderella is Dead

Kid’s Book Review: Cinderella is Dead

About the Book and Author

Published in the UK by Bloomsbury this feminist re-telling of the traditional fairytale Cinderella is Dead comes from debut American writer Kalynn Bayron.

It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince … but the fairytale is over. Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball … are forfeit. But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen. She doesn’t want to go to the ball at all. Not when she’s afraid the girl she loves might be chosen too…

This book is gay love story and one that will inspire girls to break away from the female stereotypes of fairytales and follow their dreams of independence.

Kalynn Bayron author

Kalynn Bayron is a debut author and a classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she’s not writing, you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, going to the theatre, watching scary movies and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in Texas, USA. You can follow her on Twitter.

Book Review

The plot is very clever and the re-telling of Cinderella is highly original

Cinderella Is Dead is a re-telling of the classic fairy-tale, Cinderella. Set in the town Mersailles, where every girl lives in fear of the day she is chosen by the King to attend the ball, it follows a girl who is determined to destroy the cruel rules she’s been forced to follow called Sophia.

I enjoyed this story and think that Sophia as a character is well developed and lovable. The plot is very clever and the re-telling of the well known Cinderella tale is highly original.

The most important characters in the story of the rebellion are women, and the main figure is a Black, Queer woman (rarely placed as central protagonists and criminally under-represented in literature).  I don’t think it should matter that it is a gay love story to any reader, whatever their sexual orientation, it certainly didn’t matter to me.

On the contrary, I thought that it was good to see such a positive representation of queer people, especially women in a book, at a time when there are so many discussions regarding these important issues of equality.

In my view it is no different to reading a book about a man when you are a woman and vice versa; it can provide insight into another person’s perspective.

My favourite part of the book was definitely the end. I liked how every part of the story came together to make such a fantastic conclusion. My only criticism would be the pace of the book was quite slow at times and and therefore not as engaging as it might have been.

However, overall I greatly enjoyed the book and would recommend to readers aged 12-13 years and older.

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Reviewer Profile

Young Reviewer Martha
  • Name: Martha
  • Age: 14 years
  • Likes: Mamma Mia, running and reading
  • Dislikes: Physics and tomatoes
  • Favourite Book: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Favourite Film: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  • Favourite Song: Something Great by One Direction