Review: Finding Cinderella

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5)
by Colleen Hoover


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.


To begin with, I have to say that I am not one to believe in love at first sight – it’s cliché, and the romance between Six and Daniel progressed too quickly for my liking. For the most part, the scenes centered on their making out, which didn’t bode well for me. Such actions did, however, suit their personalities, so I won’t dwell too much on that. I was actually expecting something big to happen, something that would change the course of the story, but it just didn’t have that moment. I felt that the plot was a bit rushed, and the ending was just this abrupt cut-off of the whole thing. That might be due to it being a novella, but either way, it disappointed me.

On the bright side, I did consider it a fun read. It was nice to be able to reconnect with Sky and Holder after reading Hopeless, and the banters between Six and Daniel were pretty amusing. The beginning of the novella was interesting to read, actually, because it sort of resembled a fairytale (Cinderella, as you can tell from the title). Also, I could tell that as the story went on, they were able to help each other grow and improve themselves, and with me being a sucker for that kind of character development, that made me like the whole thing a little more. 

So if you’re looking for something short and entertaining, you should check this one out!

My Rating


Rebecca said...

I love a fun novella! To bad the insta-love was so off-putting, but at least it was somewhat enjoyable. I will have to go check this out this is actually the first time I'm seeing the series. Great review.

Unknown said...

Thank you! Hope you enjoy reading it, too. I liked the first book of this better (Hopeless), but haven't read Losing Hope yet :)

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