Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: October 14th 2013
My rating: 4 stars
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.
Finding Cinderella made me fall in love with an insta-love romance! Seriously!
Daniel has a chance run-in with a girl in a maintenance closet, of all places. He’s had a mistake in his schedule and his 5th period slot was left empty. Daniel doesn’t point out the error, instead he uses the time for quality napping in the school maintenance closet. That’s until a girl stumbles in crying and his comforting leads to conversation and more. They only meet a couple of times, and keep their identities unknown, but their connection is intense and makes a lasting impression.
Fast forward one year and Daniel meets Six. Six is like no other girl he’s known. He’s completely taken with her the minute he meets her, and Six seems to share the feeling. I’m not spoiling things by telling you that they are the couple from the closet, as it’s mentioned in the description, so as a reader you keep wondering when they’ll put it together.
I never thought I’d be swayed by an insta-love romance, but I’m happy to be proved wrong. I was sucked in by the sweet, soaring highs both Daniel and Six experience from each other. They have such an intense effect on each other, and thankfully it’s mutual! They share all-consuming kisses, longing stares and can NOT keep their hands or lips off each other. While you think this is all a lighthearted swoony romance, there’s a heartbreaking surprise that sort of socks you in the gut. No worries, Colleen Hoover will leave a smile on your face in the end.
This was only a 105 pages, and I know sometimes as a reader a novella can make you feel a little short changed in story at the end, but Ms. Hoover’s writing made every page count. She managed to make a small page count feel like such a large, wonderful story!
Finding Cinderella is still free on Amazon, click HERE for the link.