Finding Cinderella

- Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Book Blurb:

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 last only one hour, and it will be only make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them seemed perfect only because they were pretending it was. Moments like that happen only in fairy tales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in love-at-first-sight is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Unfortunately for Daniel, finding true love doesn’t guarantee a happily ever after… it only further threatens it.

Will an unbearable secret from the past jeopardize Daniel and Six’s only chance at saving each other?

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My Review:

not my cup of tea:
This is a bizarre premise; anonymous (blind) sex in a high school maintenance room leading to… love?

I really didn’t appreciate how often Daniel explained how much he liked Six by comparing her to Val. I didn’t think Hoover would fall into this pitfall – she made a point in the Slammed series of having Will course correct himself and stop comparing his Lake to his old girlfriend because he should like her for who she is, not who she isn’t. It’s unfortunate to see some regression here as you expect authors to mature over time – but it happens a lot in Finding Cinderella.

Besides slightly expanding the universe and overcomplicating a lot of things, I don’t see the point of Finding Cinderella. It’s short, so it didn’t take much time to read, but I still found Daniel’s personality, in particular, too much to handle. There’s having a big personality, and then there’s overtly obnoxious to the point that no one would be friends with this person. His ‘nicknames’ are tone deaf and rude – I’m sorry, powder puff and cheese tits? What a nightmare.

The ‘twist’ was so over the top and yet resolved itself in a day. At least Holder and Sky got a weekend to sort through their over-the-top drama. And here I thought that was too quick…

It doesn’t hurt to read Finding Cinderella; it just doesn’t add much.

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