Book Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

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favoriteTitle: Finding Cinderella
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: October 14, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Hopeless #2.5
Format: Kindle Edition
Acquisition: FREE download on Amazon

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This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone. 
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 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.

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This book is part of the Hopeless series by Colleen Hoover, but she also mentioned that it could be read as a standalone. I definitely read this book as a standalone as I didn’t really know much about the characters or I had forgotten them. I read the first book, Hopeless, many months ago and I haven’t been able to buy a copy of the second book, Losing Hope. This book was free and really short so I just went ahead and read it. It may have been nicer if I got the full background on the characters, but I still definitely loved Finding Cinderella without the other books. I expect I’d love it even more if I had read Losing Hope.

Daniel Wesley hides out in the maintenance closet an hour a day because the school forgot to give him a class. He’d rather have the free time than any class at all, and it’s perfect for taking naps. What he didn’t expect was a crying girl to come in and change his world. It was like a fairytale so he nicknamed the unknown girl, Cinderella. Daniel loves giving nicknames. At that point in their lives, Daniel and Cinderella had one thing in common, they hated everything and everyone. So the second time time they met, they pretended that they loved each other and they made love to each other. They wanted to forget all the awful things even for just less than an hour. The catch is that Daniel actually felt something he has never felt before, and he doesn’t even know who the girl is because the room was dark. He never forgot that moment and he even tried to look for the girl for a couple of months. I personally like that this was told in Daniel’s perspective and I could see all of his thoughts about all of it. He’s funny and witty and even sweet in his own little ways, and I easily fell in love with him.

When I re-read Hopeless, I finally realized who Six was, and I loved how she was given more depth and character in Finding Cinderella. I’m not sure if it was because she was mostly absent for Hopeless, but Six is definitely not someone one could easily dismiss or ignore. It’s also possible that her trip to Italy could have changed her in some ways, but I like how she doesn’t really care what others think about her and she’s only truly herself. She had a bad past and bad reputation, but she didn’t allow it to stop her. She has a very straightforward and honest attitude just like Daniel. Even if it causes them to cuss or say the silliest things, it was all just great. She’s the kind of girl who doesn’t need purses and doesn’t mind crawling on the ground and getting all dirty.

I personally think that the relationship that developed between Daniel and Six was just beautiful from the moment they started pretending. I think it was really sweet to give each other relief throughout the burden each was carrying even if they didn’t know each other. But I liked it more when they actually met and knew each other as who they really are. They acted on their feelings despite others thinking that it could be a bad idea, and I liked how it all developed. It all started with instant attraction but it bloomed into something much deeper, meaningful, and wonderful. There were also moments that were awkward, funny, and fun.

Everything was just so perfect between Daniel and Six. So when the heart-shattering moment happened, I was so badly unprepared. It was nothing I ever expected, but I couldn’t really hate it because Colleen Hoover just really writes so well. And I actually really loved Daniel for how he handled things. He got angry and a little stubborn at first, but he couldn’t really resist Six. They didn’t take long to get a hold of themselves. I liked that Daniel was even to force Six to talk about it. I want a sweet guy just like him.

Apart from loving Daniel so much, I also adore Daniel’s loved ones – his family and his best friend, Holder. They were a sweet and funny bunch. His family had this whole reverse psychology thing that they use on Daniel and it was just so funny. I like how their family is just so open with each other and how they can all easily kid around even with Six around. I also loved the bromance where Daniel professes his love for Holder. It was all just great.

I pretty much love this book so much. It’s not even a book. It’s a novella, but it’s just perfect and I love it if I haven’t been obvious enough. I probably talked more about a really short novella than any of the other books I talk about. I think that’s a testament enough to how awesome this book is.

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OVERALL, Finding Cinderella was just perfect to me. Daniel and Six definitely had unique personalities and a very unique relationship. They said what they wanted to say and did what they wanted to do. I like how they can be so comfortable in their own skin and be so comfortable with each other. This is a book that shows that maybe insta-love really is possible, even in such an unlikely circumstance. I definitely love Colleen Hoover’s sense of humor and romance. I love how she portrays her characters that make them feel so real despite being unbelievable in normal circumstances. I personally think that this short story was just really amazing, uplifting, and fun.

RATING:

5-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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