Funny. Full of "sorority girls with really great clothes and really bad attitudes".
Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.com
DARK CINDY is the perfect conclusion to the battle between Meri and Cindy. Sort of like a delicious chocolate Ã©clair after a scrumptious twelve-course meal at some fancy gourmet restaurant. I just couldn't get enough! HAZING MERI SUGARMAN, MERI STRIKES BACK, and DARK CINDY are easily the best collection of teen chick-lit I've ever read!
In the latest installment of this sorority girl good vs. evil battle, Cindy decides that she's done playing nice. It's time to roll up her sleeves and play dirty. Buh-bye Cindy Bixby...hello Dark Cindy. After all of the pain that Meri has caused Cindy, the girl has got it coming. Meri just doesn't know what's hit her when suddenly her sweet little bow-wow transforms into a leather-wearing, skateboard-riding, bad girl. Dark Cindy doesn't mess around. She's going to get her way, and she's not going to feel bad about it.
In so many books, the protagonist decides that they need to "take the high road" and not fight back. It's so refreshing and satisfying to see Cindy stand up to that standard and really stick it to her enemy. It's not that Cindy abandons all of her morals, but she realizes that you have to fight fire with fire. It's not going to be pretty, but sometimes there are no alternatives. Cindy's a tough girl and she comes up with some wildly clever schemes to defeat Meri. But all the while, she maintains a vulnerable side in her diary entries that makes her a lovable character.
What really separates M. Apostolina's writing from average teen chick-lit is the depth of the supporting characters. All of the characters, from Cindy's friends to Meri's henchwomen, come to life and play an important role in the plot. Cindy's little sister, Lissa, provides comic relief throughout the story, with her wannabe ghetto rockstar antics. Overall, this is a fabulous book that I would recommend to girls and guys of all ages.