Calliope Meadow Anderson wishes her life could be of a fairy tale just like the stories she writes Her best friend, Ellen, is acting weird, her parent s marriage is falling apart, and to top things off, she found out she needs hideously large and geeky glassesBut Callie soon learns they aren t just any glasses they are magical and let her read people s thoughts For the first time ever she s answering all the questions right in math class, and gets a glimpse of what goes through people s minds all day, including what Ellen and her longtime crush really think of herAs if dealing with these crazy glasses weren t enough, Callie tries out for the lead in her school s production of Cinderella and actually gets the part Instead, Callie chooses to let Ellen have the lead and be Ellen s understudy just like she has done for their entire friendshipAdd in a new girl who has something to hide, a secret admirer, a best friend stealer who isn t what she seems, and Callie s year just went from ordinary to extraordinaryCan this supporting actress learn to be a leading lady in her own life Or is she destined to stay in the background forever even with her super freaky magic glasses I thought the story is one of the cutest and funniest I ve read in awhile for a children s story Callie is your average middle grade girl, she has lot s to learn about herself and needed to learn to have confidence in herself as most girls are growing up Callie needs to wear glasses and ends up with magic glasses that can read peoples thoughts With the help of the magic glasses she learns things about people she never realized before and makes new friends along the way She doesn t see hersel I thought the story is one of the cutest and funniest I ve read in awhile for a children s story Callie is your average middle grade girl, she has lot s to learn about herself and needed to learn to have confidence in herself as most girls are growing up Callie needs to wear glasses and ends up with magic glasses that can read peoples thoughts With the help of the magic glasses she learns things about people she never realized before and makes new friends along the way She doesn t see herself as others see her and she makes changes in herself becoming a better person for it I think this story would be great for all children in middle school to read and learn from I really enjoyed the story and the character Callie, being it reminded me of girls I knew in school and all the funny things we did at school with friends I recommend Seeing Cinderella to adults and children who like reading stories that are funny, but also with a learning experience along the way I won this book for free on a Goodreads Giveway Top Five Reasons To Read SEEING CINDERELLA, by Jenny Lundquist 1 The Premise Calliope Meadow Anderson Callie finds out she needs glasses Her new frames are hideously large a total nightmare, except for one cool feature When Callie wears them, computer screens appear over everyone s heads, revealing their innermost thoughts Suddenly, Callie knows what her best friend, secret crush, and locker partner REALLY think about her Sometimes, that s not a good thing.2 Callie s new friend Ana S Top Five Reasons To Read SEEING CINDERELLA, by Jenny Lundquist 1 The Premise Calliope Meadow Anderson Callie finds out she needs glasses Her new frames are hideously large a total nightmare, except for one cool feature When Callie wears them, computer screens appear over everyone s heads, revealing their innermost thoughts Suddenly, Callie knows what her best friend, secret crush, and locker partner REALLY think about her Sometimes, that s not a good thing.2 Callie s new friend Ana She definitely has something to hide But even with her super freaky glasses, Callie can t decipher Ana s thoughts, since the words on Ana s computer screen appear in her native tongue Spanish.3 The Cinderella Metaphor Callie auditions for the lead in her school s production of Cinderella But when she gets the part, she gives it to her best friend Ellen It s easier to be the understudy and avoid the spotlight Isn t it 4 Super Freaky Chapter Titles My favorites Super Freaky Glasses Rule 3 Most People Tell Little White Lies Don t Be Offended You Do The Same Thing Super Freaky Glasses Rule 9 It s Easier To Dislike Someone When You Don t Have To Read Their Thoughts Super Freaky Glasses Rule 12 People Guard Their Secrets Well Your Magic Glasses Can t Change That.5 The Lesson from p.213 One thing the glasses taught me No matter how different we looked on the outside, on the inside we worried and wondered about the same things We all hoped we d find someone who would see us for the person we really were, and the person we wanted to be Read the complete and original review at Word SpelunkingTHREE WORDS Charming, Enchanting, HeartwarmingMY REVIEW With a magical story, fantastic characters, and wonderful writing, Jenny Lundquist s Seeing Cinderella has captivated and charmed me completely Calliope Callie Meadow Anderson starts middle school believing she is as far from being like Cinderella as a gal can get Her parents marriage is falling apart, her classmates call her Polka Dot, her best friend is getting chummy with a ne Read the complete and original review at Word SpelunkingTHREE WORDS Charming, Enchanting, HeartwarmingMY REVIEW With a magical story, fantastic characters, and wonderful writing, Jenny Lundquist s Seeing Cinderella has captivated and charmed me completely Calliope Callie Meadow Anderson starts middle school believing she is as far from being like Cinderella as a gal can get Her parents marriage is falling apart, her classmates call her Polka Dot, her best friend is getting chummy with a new girl, her crush doesn t even know her name, and she s stuck with the world s dorkiest glasses But Callie s life gets evencomplicated when she discovers that her glasses allow her to read people s thoughts Too bad she learns things she never wanted to know like what people really think of her Toss in a Cinderella play, a secret admirer and a new girl with secrets, and Callie s middle school life is anything but a fairytale.Everyone who has ever survived middle school knows what a tough, confusing, downright frustrating time those couple of years can be, and Lundquist explores this with humor, honesty and a lot of heart I adored everything about this MG book Lundquist offers readers such a relatable, entertaining, and well crafted story, which is both super fun and touching The idea behind Callie s magical mind reading glasses is fantastically unique and refreshing, but never feels over the top The writing is smart, hip and pitch perfect for its audience The dialogue sounds authentic and Lundquist s middle school world is spot on The main character Callie is adorkably awesome with all of her awkward, endearing charm This is a character that every reader can relate to, especially us girls, because I think we re all a bit of a Callie I connected instantly with Callie and felt every ounce of her pain, confusion, joy and heartache At every turn of the page I found myself nodding enthusiastically and saying out loud I know EXACTLY how that feels or That happened to me too There s a great and eclectic supporting cast as well Callie s fumbling journey from invisible girl to leading lady is full of crushing crushes, mean girls, unexpected realizations and some pretty big life lessons, and Lundquist maps out this journey beautifully There are some pretty intense and serious real life situations and problems divorce, cheating parents, child neglect, body image issues, etc explored in this book, but Lundquist does a phenomenal job of approaching these things in a way that is both appropriate and easy to understand for her intended MG audience, without underestimating that audience or being cheesy MY FINAL THOUGHTS Jenny Lundquist s Seeing Cinderella is a book that I wish I had as a 12 year old I would love play the part of the Book Fairy Godmother, and place this novel in the hands of all young girls This enchantingly sweet, funny and touching book will charm readers of all ages and leave them with a warm heart and a big smile A definite MUST read Delightful and charming A book written for young adults, but can be enjoyed by all There is a difference between not seeing and being vision impaired Which are you