Title: Finding Cinderella
Series: Hopeless (Book 2.5)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: October 14, 2013
Pages: 176 pages
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.
Colleen Hoover doesn’t write books, she writes magic! This novella is absolute perfection and gosh, I wish it would have gone on forever. This book is funny, romantic, heart-wrenching and at times so ridiculous that it made me love it even more.
I had already met Daniel and Six in the first two books in the Hopeless series, and while I liked them as supporting characters, I never thought I would end up loving them more than Sky and Holder (sorry guys!). It’s just that these two have this crazy chemistry, and they both realize it when they first blindly meet in a dark closet at their high school, and then after meeting again a year later. I think this brings that “love at first sight” thing to a whole different level!
I loved Daniel as he goes from being a semi-jerk to being a guy unafraid of showing his true feelings. Being inside his mind was a real treat and I’m glad it was him instead of Six. It’s not that I don’t like her (she’s amazing) but it wouldn’t have been the same. His thoughts are truly priceless.
And I swear, Finding Cinderella had me grinning like a fool the whole time (except when things where going down *frowns*). I don’t know where Colleen Hoover gets her crazy ideas, but she makes embarrassing kisses, uncomfortable parent talk and the idea of the worst boyfriend/girlfriend to be terribly alluring and swoon-worthy. And, when you’re in a happy cloud, she knows how to punch you in the gut and then put a smile back on. Why couldn’t this be a full-length novel?! *le sigh*
But seriously, if you haven’t had a taste of Colleen Hoover’s books, then I feel obliged to make you pick this one up. It’s part of a series, yes, but it can be read as a standalone. And better yet, this is an online freebie! So forget about Cinderella’s fairytale, Daniel’s and Six’s fairytale-like story is so much better!
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