You can find love in the strangest of places… no matter who you are.
No. of pages: 90
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.
A great little companion novella to the Hopeless duology, this time dealing with Six and Daniel’s perspective – I found their story refreshing. There is no re-hash of Sky (Hope) or Holder’s story, but briefly kisses their journey as Six deals with a quandary all of her own.
With all the angst from the series but vastly different protagonists, ‘Finding Cinderella’ is much more gritty and real. The distinct voices of both Six and Daniel really serve to enhance this short story and help to colour the Hopeless Universe.
It can stand on its own, without having read other novels in the franchise, but in addition to the duology, this really shines with attitude.
I loved getting a peek inside Sky’s head, how she handles slut-shaming and the way both our protagonists grow from pivotal moments.
With only 90 pages in length it is a satisfying afternoon read – not as heavy as its predecessors, but full of the feels.
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