Monday, March 17, 2014

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover ~ Review

Finding Cinderella
by Colleen Hoover


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.


How could you not love Holder and Sky's best friends? They were exactly as best friends should be, always there to support their friends, even when they couldn't be there physically. They're great people is spite of their flaws. You could see where in the right relationship they would thrive. But, alas, young love is never that easy.

Daniel had a brush with insta-love and then ended up in the relationship from hell. He found the perfect girl, a girl he calls Cinderella, but it wasn't real and it only lasted forty-five minutes. After the perfect relationship with Cinderella ends, he finds himself looking for her in every girl he passes. Unfortunately the one he lands on is the furthest thing from his Cinderella there could be.

Six just spent a year abroad. She's been Sky's best friend as long as she can remember. When Six returns home Sky's circle of friends has expanded to include Holder and Daniel. There's something about Daniel, but Six just spent a year dealing from the fallout of her last relationship. She's grown up and is determined to make changes in her life. The biggest change is she has implemented a no boys allowed rule.

The moment Daniel and Six meet you can feel the chemistry coming off the page. It probably didn't help that Holder forbade Daniel from pursuing Six. (Talk about waving a red flag in front of a bull.) So what is any responsible teenager to do? Date in secret. The problem with dating in secret - What happens when you really start falling for each other? Surprisingly Daniel and Six have matured enough to act responsibly and face these issues.

Their romance is blooming and thriving until one sentence pops up, then everything falls down around them. Does someone have the right to feel betrayed when there was absolutely the other person could have known? When you find out the secret the person you're falling love with is carrying, can you move past it and forgive?

I was amazed at how two really kind of shallow characters from Hopeless could have such depth and emotion to their story. Colleen is a master of making you think you see one thing while something totally different is going on. Finding Cinderella could be read as a stand alone, but for the love of all that is holy, why would you want to?

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