I received this book for free from Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on October 14, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone. \r\n\r\nA 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.\r\n\r\nWhen 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.\r\n\r\nOne 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.\r\n\r\nUnfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.
Sweet story, and I enjoyed listening to it.
Things I Liked
The plot was romantic and fun.
Finding Cinderella starts off with Daniel hiding out in a utility closet during 5th period because the school has messed up his schedule and he just can’t be bothered to fix it. In stumbles a random girl he can’t see and they spend an hour fumbling around in the dark as teenagers do, which eventually leads to sex. She leaves. And he has no idea who she was. As we are taken through the novel, it is discovered that he tries to find her, but is unsuccessful, and ends up in a relationship with his crazy girlfriend, Val.
The characters were sweet and funny.
Daniel is a typical, American teenaged boy. He’s got sex on his mind and he makes no qualms about his attraction to the fairer sex. He’s also gallant and chivalrous without coming across as dorky. In fact, I’d say he runs with a pretty cool crowd, and is generally sure of himself. Six has just moved back to town after a long year away and she’s interested in Daniel, but she’s also interested in reversing her previous ways. She no longer wants to be known for her reputation, which was a bit scandalous before she left.
Romance was the key element of Finding Cinderella.
The entire story centered around Daniel and Six. It is obvious early on to the reader who Six is, and we wait with baited breath for Daniel to figure it out. And for Six to figure it out! I loved the sweet kisses between them, and how Daniel struggles to control himself and be what she wants him to be, because he cares deeply for her. There is an unexplained connection between them they can’t quite figure out, and if I could re-do high school, I’d want all my relationships to be like theirs. I really loved how Daniel courts Six, and how Six makes him court her “through the front door, no more windows” because she wants everything to be done right. Evenings are spent on swingsets talking about the future, parents are met, and basically, it felt like a charmed high school experience. It felt warm and comfortable. Listening to Daniel and Six discover who each really was, was delightful. It felt like a secret only the reader knows, waiting for the characters to figure it out.
There’s lots of humor
Daniel is full of self-depracating humor, as are the rest of the characters. There is so much banter between Daniel and Six, Six and her best friend, her best friend and Daniel, etc, that I laughed out loud a lot through this novel. They were playful with each other, like teenagers are, and I felt like Hoover just gets teenagers and all their intricacies. Her characters remind me of myself when I was that age, and my stepson who is that age now. The sarcasm and wit just felt genuine.
Jason Carpenter has one sexy mutha-effin’ voice. Egads. I felt like a pedophile listening to him narrate teenagers.
Things I Didn’t Like
Some themes were not explored to their fullest.
When Six mentions several times that she doesn’t want to return to her old ways and her old reputation, it’s never really explored much how bad that reputation was, other than boys came through her window and she had sex with some of them. I had a hard time believing her reputation was that bad when Daniel didn’t really remember her.
It wasn’t very long.
I didn’t realize this was a novella when I grabbed it. I wanted more about Daniel and Six, so I guess I need to read more of Hoover’s books to get them.
Was it YA or NA?
I couldn’t tell if this was YA or NA. Typically, YA novels are when the characters are in high school, but if there is sex, it happens off-page. The sex in this novel, if I recall, happens on page, which threw me a bit. It also reads like a NA novel. Mature YA, maybe? Anyone? Bueller?
I was a Colleen Hoover fan when I listened to Maybe Someday, and she just clinched it again.