Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #2.5
Published by Atria Books, Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 18th 2014
Genres: Fiction, New Adult
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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?
This was a free downlaod.
Finding Cinderella first came on my radar when Atria announced plans to put the free short story into print, based on a push from fans on Twitter. The idea that readers would pay (I later discovered quite a bit. It’s set to be priced at $9.99) for a hardcover short story that’s available free online is intriguing.
Due to a scheduling mix-up, Daniel has no class 5th period. Instead of fessing up and getting his schedule fixed, he choose to hide in the broom closet each day, hoping no one discovers him. All is working out well until a girl sneaks into his sanctuary one day. She’s upset and laments ever finding a good guy – one who doesn’t care about her reputation and will love her for her. Just as disillusioned as she with love, Daniel proposes an experiment – they pretend to be in love, for that one hour, just to see how it feels.
Unfortunately for him, he really falls in love that day. Maybe it’s just an illusion, but it feels real. Sadly, his Cinderella disappears, leaving him lost and alone. One year later, he’s put Cinderella behind him and has just come out of a bad relationship. That’s when he meets Six. She’s everything he’s ever wanted in a girl. She’s quirky, laughs at his jokes, doesn’t play games and before long he’s absolutely in love. Which only solidifies when he realizes she’s his Cinderella…until he realizes Six has secrets, ones that could rock his world.
I can see why fans loved it so much. Though short, the story is engaging and beautifully written. Told from the first-person point of view of the hero, Finding Cinderella tells a story of heartbreak, healing and love.
I can’t say I would pay $9.99 for a novella I can get for free in e-format (though the printed version will include bonus material), but I can say this was a story that really touched me. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
4.25 out of 5