Book Review

Finding Cinderella

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
Release: October 14, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books


Colleen Hoover, FINDING CINDERELLAA chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Finding Cinderella follows Daniel, Holder’s best friend from Losing Hope, as he dates Six, Sky’s best friend from Hopeless. It starts when he meets a mysterious girl in a dark janitor’s closet. He never sees her face, never learns her name, so he calls her Cinderella. They pretend to be in love and sleep together. During his senior year, after he’s given up hope of ever finding her, he starts dating Six even though Holder forbids it. They enjoy the thrill. Daniel, never calling anyone by their real name, hears Six say something the girl from the closet said and figures out that Six is the girl from the closet. When he shares that he’s found her, she runs away, crying, leaving him alone at his family’s dinner. What follows is his search for what he did wrong to make the only girl he’s ever had a real connection with just leave him.

I have a complaint! This was too short. Why a novella, Colleen Hoover? Why speed me through this story? Why!?

Okay. That’s out of my system.

I did feel like this was too short. It happened too quickly. It would have been a perfect novel. I didn’t feel that ultimate connection to Daniel and I would have loved to see Six in all her glory. It was nice to see more of this world but I would have loved to see more.


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