Hello again! Welcome back to the Bookworm Express on Scribbler Alliance! Today I’ve got a novella to review for you … something that will keep you turning those pages until you see the “The End” written in cursive.
Today’s featured book is Finding Cinderlla by Colleen Hoover. It’s a novella written as a part of her Hopeless series which can also be read as a standalone. Before you scrunch up your noses at the thought of the short span of a novella, let me tell you something. This book got me so hooked that I had to take more frequent bathroom breaks during a work day just to get a few more lines read. Yes, it’s that addictive!
In the prologue, we meet Daniel, our protagonist, a typical teen high schooler who prefers to hide out in an empty school closet in his free period. One day, the closet doors open and in falls a girl—right into his arms. In the dark, they don’t get to see each other. So instead they feel. When the bell rings like the strike of twelve, she runs away from him … just like Cinderella from the fairytales.
A year later, Daniel meets his best friend’s girlfriend’s best friend, Six. She’s beautiful, intelligent, flamboyant, spritely and totally forbidden for him … thanks to his best friend calling him out on his playboy ways. It’s the attraction of the forbidden that brings them closer and then before he knows, he’s falling … hard and fast.
What about Six though? Does she feel the same for him? What about the girl he made love to in that dark closet a year ago … his Cinderella? Will he be able to find his Cinderella? Read to see a tale of searching for a happily ever after unfold before you.
Here’s one of my favorite parts from the book to pique your interest:
I feel her whole body sigh on top of me and even though I have no idea who she is or what she looks like, I can feel the sadness in her and it makes me a little sad in return. I’m not sure how it happens, but my arms go around her and her cheek falls against my chest. In the course of five seconds we go from extremely awkward to kind of comfortable, like we do this all the time.
It’s weird and normal and hot and sad and strange and I don’t really want to let go. It feels sort of euphoric, like we’re in some sort of fairytale. Like she’s Tinkerbell and I’m Peter Pan.
No, wait. I don’t want to be Peter Pan.
Maybe she can be like Cinderella and I’ll be her Prince Charming.
Yeah, I like that fantasy better. Cinderella’s hot when she’s all poor and sweaty and slaving over the stove. She also looks good in her ball gown. It also doesn’t hurt that we’re meeting in a broom closet. Very fitting.
I feel her pull a hand up to her face, more than likely wiping away a tear. “I hate them,” she says softly.
“Everybody,” she says. “I hate everybody.”
I close my eyes and lift my hand, then run it down her hair, doing my best to comfort her. Finally, someone who actually gets it. I’m not sure why she hates everybody but I have a feeling she’s got a pretty valid reason.
“I hate everybody too, Cinderella.”
So if you want to see whether our Prince Charming finds his way back to his Cinderella or not, grab a copy and start reading. All in all, if I was to rate this book, it’ll get 4 out of 5 stars easily. Yes, it’s that good. 🙂
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