Release Date: October 14th 2013
Published By: Atria Books
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Synopsis: 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
Review: You could say that I was excited about a Hopeless/Losing Hope novella that was about the hysterically funny, nickname giving, crazy Daniel! Ridiculously excited in fact. I absolutely loved Hopeless and Losing Hope, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Finding Cinderella, even if it was only about 100 pages.
I utterly lived meeting Daniel in Losing Hope. He was extremely charismatic, sarcastic and hilarious, so I was very excited for him to get his own story. In Finding Cinderella, I totally fell in love with Daniel – to the point that he nearly had me reconsidering my declared love for Holder (I didn’t think it was possible for someone to come close to Holder, but he did it).
Finding Cinderella opens with a prologue about Daniel and his encounter with his Cinderella. For those who have read Losing Hope, you will know that Daniel briefly explains his story about Cinderella, but that was nothing like hearing the full story from Daniel’s POV. The full story was so sweet, and you instantly get to see another side to him – and that side is utterly adorable! So, so adorable.
This novella then flicks to the story of Daniel and the quirky and amusing Six. As soon as Daniel meets Six he is instantly attracted to her – and vice versa. Their connection is rather interesting, as it is rather intense, and for these characters it is also out of character. Neither are the “relationship type”, but it clear that these too will end up in one, so they don’t try to fight it. And the relationship that follows is adorable (yes, I know I am saying that a lot) – their banter with each other, the way they are so comfortable with each other, their similar humour, and yes, how quickly they fall for each other.
So many good feels throughout this book – so much adorableness, so much cuteness, and SO much laughter! Daniel continues to provide as many laughs as possible (he will not change for anyone) – and when you aren’t thinking “awwww”, you will be smiling and laughing your way through this story. Daniel and Six both provide lots of laughs, but a special mention also has to be made for Daniels family! His father in particular. There is one scene between Daniel, Six and Daniel’s father (followed by his mother and sister) that had me laughing out loud and I actually felt bad for Daniel in that way that you do when you know someone is embarrassed, but you still laugh at their expense.
I don’t know why, but I thought this novella would be a nice little fluffy read. I thought maybe it might have a little drama when the whole Cinderella thing came out, but WOW! Why did I think that Colleen couldn’t manage to rip your heart out in 100 pages??? Of course it wasn’t going to be all rainbows and cupcakes – it was written by Colleen Hoover! This novella, while it may be short, sure does pack a punch. An utterly amazing, tortuous, funny and sweet novella – Colleen Hoover has won my heart again!
Colleen Hoover has written this novella, and provided it for free, as a thank you to her fans. But, as a fan, I would like to thank Colleen for her amazing books, but also for being so humble and thankful to her fans!
Finding Cinderella can be read as a standalone – but I think you will appreciate it much more if you know the backstory of Six and Daniel (even Holder, Sky and Breckin) before going into this one (and due to the themes and language in this book, I recommend it to more mature readers). But, even so, Finding Cinderella is a wonderfully written, highly entertaining and touching novella and I am so thankful that Colleen wrote it for us!
You can find out more information about how to get this free novella here.
“It feels sort of euphoric, like we’re in some sort of fairy tale. Like she’s Tinkerbell and I’m Peter Pan.
No, wait. I don’t want to be Peter Pan.
Maybe she can be like Cinderella and I’ll be her Prince Charming.”
“I can’t stop staring at that spoon. I think I love that spoon.”
“You just made herpes sound appealing.”
“I’m not ashamed to admit that I love a guy. I love you, Holder. Daniel Wesley loves Dean Holder. Always and forever.”