Finding Cinderella is a modern-day fairy tale novella by the bestselling author Colleen Hoover, initially published in 2013. Recently, this novel has been experiencing a revival due to its popularity on BookTok and Bookstagram circuits. The book is a sweet and poignant love story with themes of fate, kindred spirits, chance, challenges, and big feelings. It’s a quick read that can be picked up and enjoyed on a lazy afternoon and serves as a great counterpart to Hoover’s Hopeless series.
Book review of Finding Cinderella
The story is centered around Daniel, a teenager on the cusp of adulthood who experiences a deep and profound love when he encounters a girl in the shadows. They agree to fall in love only for an hour in the dark, and when the hour ends, the girl disappears. But both are forever changed by this perfect moment, which haunts them long after the magical love hour has ended. The story moves forward a year later, and Daniel is still reeling from another relationship breakdown. His world is rocked when he meets Six, an elusive and magnetic girl who he can’t seem to break into her world. A locked truth from the past threatens to derail their burgeoning romance.
One of the things that I enjoyed about Finding Cinderella is the prologue, which sets the scene and draws the reader in immediately. It was a memorable way to begin a story and set the tone for the rest of the novella. I was soon taken in by Daniel and his mysterious young woman, and I found the instant romance with a twist to be fun, swoon-worthy, and creative. Hoover ensures that she has all the feels in her beginning love story, even though it is a novella of just over one hundred pages. The reader can still feel the jolts and roller-coaster emotions of young love, which makes the story captivating and relatable.
Hoover takes Finding Cinderella to unexpected places, and the story becomes quite emotionally challenging for such a short read. With themes of friendship, relationship breakdown, and tough decisions playing a part in the novella, it’s a book that puts the main characters to the test. The reader can empathize with Daniel’s struggles to move on from his past relationships and his attempts to connect with Six. Their relationship is not easy, and the locked truth from the past threatens to tear them apart. The author handles these themes with sensitivity and delicacy, which makes the novella more than just a simple love story.
My only issue with Finding Cinderella was its short length. Novellas are usually challenging to connect entirely, and I wished the story had been longer. Additionally, the novella was predictable, and I guessed Cinderella’s identity early on in the story. However, these issues did not detract significantly from my overall enjoyment of the novella.
In conclusion, Finding Cinderella is an unfeigned novella showing that love can be unpredictable, exploratory, tying, and intense. It’s a sweet and poignant love story that explores themes of fate, kindred spirits, chance, challenges, and big feelings. The novella is a great introduction to the world of Colleen Hoover and serves as an excellent accompaniment to her Hopeless series. While it may be short, it’s still a captivating and enjoyable read, perfect for a lazy afternoon. I recommend Finding Cinderella to anyone who loves a fairy tale-inspired love story.