Finding Cinderella - By Colleen Hoover (#COYER)

I admit, I was hesitant to read this book. It seemed like one of your typical young adult, teen fiction, high school novels of which I am not a fan. But I had seen a lot of great reviews and excitement around Colleen Hoovers novels so being curious I wanted to see what all the hype was about. After finishing this novella my first thoughts were "these kids are still in HIGH SCHOOL?! No way!" followed quickly by "WOW! I get it now" and "this is much too good to be free!" This novella is nothing like those typical high school young adult romances that leave me dry heaving like a cat hacking up a fur ball. "Finding Cinderella" is a beautifully written novel that manages to grasp the intensity and difficulty of young love while being on the cusp of adulthood with a refreshing maturity and wit. Majority of young adult novels these days rely on overwritten characters that exaggerate emotions and events with excessive extravagance (holy alliteration). But where other novels have characters that aren't easy to relate to and fail to emotionally connect with the reader, Hoover gives us Daniel and Six who invite you to find in them, that hopeful but jaded teenager, you once were.

Now being 22, I'm not that far from those whirlwind teenage years but I still find myself unable to relate to younger characters. As I said before I was shocked that these characters were only 18 but I found Six so easy to relate to. I was lost in Six's journey to rediscover her inner strength, the confidence to be herself and not allow others to affect your inner core, that essential definition of who you are.
I found myself drifting back to a time when I was once making that same choice, to find the ability to be defined by no one but me. I understood her hesitancy, her struggle to find the right choice (because in the real word the right choice isn't as obvious) and admired her vulnerability. Six is not a weak character but neither is she a "strong" female character in the typical literary sense. She isn't out kicking monster ass or flipping her sexy hair around because she knows her effect on men. She is strong in the very way we use the word to describe real life women. She never gives up on herself, continues to pick herself up despite many struggles, aims to be more than what she believes herself to be and decides to try, to try everything she thought she couldn't do. She is definitely a strong woman.

However, despite my intense connection with Six the main narrator is actually Daniel. I don't often read books with a male narrator but Daniel is so sweet, earnest and adorable that I didn't even notice. The possibility for Six's connection to Daniel to be superficial was high. It could have been a run of the mill love at first sight encounter but Hoover gives us more. Rather than a moment of eyes meeting across a room, Hoover has Six and Daniel meet in pitch black darkness. In a moment of weakness they find common ground and a wishful request leads to a surprising moment. Never revealing who they really are to each other despite the moment, which goes on to haunt both of them. When they meet again there is no cliche recognition via weird statement or lock of hair, they are strangers still. From there they build a relationship full of it's own struggles and dramas but Six and Daniel manage to stick through. The twist at the end threw me for, well, for six but it added another level to their dynamic relationship. I'm sorry if I'm being vague but I can't help but hold as much back as possible because you MUST READ THIS BOOK!

Every moment in this book felt real. It captured teenagers in a way that did not degrade what it means to be young by creating hyper immature and like, totally annoying characters. Nor did it over-analyze the journey of attempting to find yourself by waffling along in great torrents of self reflective discovery. It highlighted in simplistic, honest and realistic writing, the mature minds of young adults figuring out "love" while still allowing the almost wishful sense of possibility that comes with having your future so free and malleable.

"Finding Cinderella" entices images of unrealistic fairy tales, true love and dreams yet the story itself reminds us of our teenage selves who struggled with redefining love and self discovery yet maintained hopes and dreams of our not too distant future, our own personal fairy tale. I doubt I have ever read a more aptly titled novel. My only issue with this book? That it ended.

4/5
xxx
George
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11 comments:

  1. Sounds really good. I know what you mean about the teenage angst. I actually love YA books but usually have to read some adult books between them or it gets to me, lol.

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  2. I've got this one, too. I think I'll add to to the books I'm reading for the challenge. I'm so glad to read that you liked it.

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    1. Thank you! I look forward to seeing what you think of it!!

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  3. I really enjoyed this! I just read it for the challenge as well, hopefully I'll get my review up soon too :)
    Glad you liked it!

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    1. Awesome! I'll keep an eye out for your review :D

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  4. I love YA when it's written well (sans teenage angst) and it sounds like this is one of the good ones! I have been curious about it, because I've heard a lot of hype (like you). I'm going to have to see if I can still grab it for free! Great review :-)

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    1. Thank you! I think Colleen Hoover is leaving it as a free novella so definitely grab a copy :)

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  5. I skipped over this book when I had a chance to review it, but you make it sound pretty good. I might have to give it a try some day. :)

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely worth a shot :)

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  6. I have not read a Colleen Hoover book yet and I hear just great things about her. I saw this book and kept passing it over. Might have to go ahead and get it.

    Great Review!!!

    Michelle
    Because reading is better than real life

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    1. Thank you! I kept passing it too thinking I wouldn't like it because it was YA but once you read it, it reads like adult fiction with young adult characters. Definitely give it a go I would love to read your reaction to her books :)

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