We first posted Finding Cinderella in November of 2013. It’s a great Novella Thursday and I hope you enjoy reading this again.
A 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 has 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. But Daniel soon realizes that fairytales don’t exist, and unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.
This is not your typical fairy tale. Boy meets girls in janitor closet at school. Girl doesn’t have a great reputation and is tired of boys treating her badly, so what does she do. She has sex with a boy that she can’t even see his face and pretends with him that it is love. He calls her his Cinderella in his attempt to be romantic. She tells him she doesn’t want to know how he is because she is moving away and this is there one special moment.
Fast forward to the future and it’s a year later. Six is back in her home town after a year of study in Italy, but things over there were not all they should have been. She left behind the most important boy in her life, but how does she let anyone know, especially when she meets Daniel. He is a boy just like her and who she feels an instant connection with. They seem perfect for each other in every way. But her secret could tare them apart (sorry I won’t give that little secret away).
This book was well written and I did enjoy the characters. Six is not your typical prissy girl. She has four brothers and isn’t afraid to get dirty. Daniel is quirky and says what he is thinking. He has been trying to find his Cinderella ever since there encounter in the closet. While I feel the very beginning (Janitors closet, need I say more) is not how you picture meeting the love of your life, the rest of the book makes up for it. It was funny and sad and enjoyable. I for one would definitely read more books about these two characters.
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