blackened.sky9, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by blackened.sky9)
Ash is an evocative, gorgeous re-telling of Cinderella, where there is no benevolent fairy godmother, rather, an altogether more fearsome and alien helper with an agenda of his own; there are no singing mice, but rather a young woman finding herself, her voice and her agency, fighting to live the life she wants to. It's a gorgeous love story, a fantastic fairy tale, and far, far more than simply a young adult novel. Utterly enjoyable.
erika770, September 5, 2011 (view all comments by erika770)
Retellings of fairy tales can too often seem like a bad reboot of a classic TV show. But in Ash, Lo makes the story her own. At its heart, Cinderella is the story of a girl controlled and overpowered by a family and culture who doesn't care what she wants. Ash, too, is at the mercy of others, but Lo's heroine finds the way through not just to get what she wants and needs, but to figure out just what it is that she wants and needs.
Wordsoffun, January 29, 2011 (view all comments by Wordsoffun)
Ms. Lo has stken the story of Cinderella and has turned it into a story that is more about a young woman who wants to have the freedom to live her own live and to love who she chooses, and not who is chosen for her. Ash has a mother and father who love her then in the true following of the story the mom dies. Ash gets a step-mother, and step-sisters who goal it is to marry rich. Ash would rather just be her.
This is one book that is going to be added to my library.
vsilliman, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by vsilliman)
The author's retelling of Cinderella is a powerful story of a young girl's strength and autonomy in the face of hardship as she gains knowledge,grows in her relationship with the woods and the learns traditions of magic and fairy tales.
The lesbian love theme of the story is well written, and refreshing for lgbtq literature, especially young adult lesbian litereature, this is not a coming out story. The love themes could have gone a little deeper, but what is given to the reader invites imagination and thought about the power of love.
Whether or not you liked the Disney story, this book will enchant you.
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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers -
Entrancing and romantic, "Ash" is an empowering retelling of Cinderella about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults and "Kirkus Reviews" Best YA Book of 2009.
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