A novella in the Hopeless series, Finding Cinderella starts off with a bang. Due to a scheduling mishap, Daniel has no 5th period class. Luckily, he’s located a maintenance closet where he can sleep during that hour. One day, his relaxation time is rudely interrupted when a crying girl, thinking the closet is a bathroom, enters and falls on top of Daniel. They talk a little, make out a little, but exchange no personal information. Not even their names. The mystery girl tells Daniel that she’s not one of those kind of girls who boys hold hands with; they only want one thing from her. And she usually obliges.
A week later, she comes back, and while they joke about love, they decide to pretend, just for that hour, that they are deeply in love, giving all of themselves to each other. Still not knowing who she is, Daniel is told that she’s moving away after school ends, and he never sees her again.
A year later, Daniel is still his same old self; taking no one seriously. His best friend, Holder, has moved back, and when Daniel shows up to hang out with him, he is pleasantly surprised by a new girl. A friend of Holder’s girlfriend, Sky, Six is a smart-ass that Daniel is drawn to immediately. He’s never felt like this before about anyone, if you don’t include the girl in the closet. Holder forbids Daniel to even touch Six, but there’s just something about her that he can’t resist…and he can tell that underneath her tough exterior, she feels the same way.
So?: It’s an oft-repeated plot, guy who can’t settle down finds the girl that will change his mind. Of course, there’s that new twist in the beginning, the closet romance, that adds a little bit of interest (even though it’s a bit far-fetched). Because this is a novella, there’s not a lot of time to get through a huge, complicated plot and get everything resolved, but Ms. Hoover does an admirable job (even though you know what’s going to happen immediately). Having never read any of the Hopeless series, I am not familiar with any of the characters.
A pleasant little diversion, the story doesn’t have a lot of depth. It does, however, have pretty well-developed characters who seem to understand from the start that theirs is the minor tale in the series. They are succinct and quick in their resolve and will make the reader happy with the conclusion.
The Bottom Line: If you’re a fan of mature high school love stories, then dive in.
Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover was published October 14, 2013 by Atria Books. Ink and Page purchased this bookwith her Google survey earnings.
Genre: Young Adult New Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Series
Ages: 14 and up
You Might Want to Know: Definitely for a mature audience. Sex, language, et al.