Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)by Colleen Hoover Published 14 Oct 2013
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"Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)" Reviews
Thank you Colleen Hoover for gifting this book to the reading world! I wish I had your flare with words to perfectly express how much I truly adore your books. Each one of your characters holds a special place in my heart. Now, Daniel and Six have a spot as well. Thank you!
Finding Cinderella is told completely in Daniel Wesley’s pov. Daniel is Dean Holder’s funny, loyal, and lovable best friend. While hiding out in the maintenance closet during 5th period, Daniel meets his Cinderella. They share something truly special even though they never see each other or exchange names.
”I wish it could be real,” I whispered. I put my hand on the doorknob and open it, then turn my head when she slips out the door.”
I experienced so many emotions while reading this story. I have to say that the banter was brilliantly done. Daniel’s parents were hilarious! Daniel and Holder’s bromance was absolutely adorable!
As far as love stories go, this one was completely swoon worthy.
It’s simply 94 pages of WONDERFUL!!!
Screw it, this book made me smile the entire time so it gets 5 stars!
“I don't even know if people should use the working fucking and angel in the same thought structure, but shit. She really looks like a fucking angel..”
There's something about Colleen Hoover novellas, I tend to love them more than her full length novels. Which is so rare because most of the time novellas don't have enough. But this book in its entirety and shortness made me fall in love with it.
Finding Cinderella is about Holder's best friend Daniel. After a chance encounter in a closet in school, Daniel met and lost his dream girl without ever seeing her face. A year later, and a failed drama filled relationship later, Daniel is introduced to Sky's friend Six who has returned from Italy after a year abroad. The two have an instant chemistry and begin dating, but both have secrets than can be deal breakers for the other.
“I can't take you tonight. I had my heart completely broken about an hour ago by a psychotic bitch and I need a little more time to recover from that relationship. How about tomorrow night?”
I'm glad I read this right after reading Losing Hope, that book is definitely meant to be read before reading this one. Yes this book is a standalone, but you gain a lot more by reading the other two books first. I loved reading Six and Daniel's book, I had a gigantic smile on my face the entire time. I loved both characters and their unconventional romance.
Leave it to Colleen Hoover to write a funny book and one packed with all the feels at the same time. I found myself rooting for this couple from the very beginning and would love to see more of them in the future. If you need something light and something that will make you happy, this is the book for you.
“It blows my mind that I get to love you.”
“I’ve never believed in anything like I believe in the possibility of the two of us.”
Oh my God, can this woman write a bad book just for kicks? No, this is not just a novella, it is not just a little add-on story to an already stellar series, and this is definitely not a re-hash of anything we’ve already seen in Hopeless or Losing Hope – this is the story that fills all the little gaps we never even knew needed filling and it is the story that makes us fall in love with the two secondary characters as much as we loved Holder and Sky. It is also a testament to the fact that Colleen Hoover doesn’t need 400 pages to make you feel with every crevice of your heart and that when it comes to telling a story through witty but emotionally-charged dialogues or creating loveable, engaging characters, she is unrivalled. I knew this story would be great but I never even imagined a novella could be this spectacular.
“I don’t even know your phone number,” I say.
“I don’t even know your birthday,” she says.
“You’re the worst girlfriend I’ve ever had.”
We met Daniel and Six in previous instalments of the series as Holder and Sky’s best friends, two outspoken, sarcastic, but fiercely loyal individuals who supported their best friends through thick and thin, and now we get to see them in the limelight. By knowing all the other characters and the main storyline in such detail, no time is wasted on introductions or setups of scenes – we get to immediately zoom into their story and enjoy the ride.
“How do you make love to someone you aren’t in love with?”
I lean forward until my mouth is next to her ear. “We pretend.”
I refuse to spoil any of their story for you, however, not because of its length, but because I knew very little going in and I am grateful for that as not knowing what to expect was half the fun in this case. I will only tell you that their tale starts with one fated encounter that forever changes who they are and what they hope to find in life. The rest of their story is a delightful account of a boy and a girl falling head over heels for one another, and learning what love is through that experience. Their captivating personalities and the amusing dialogues between them drive the story forward and keep us engrossed page after page.
“Are you a witch? … I have no idea who you even are and now you’re my damn girlfriend. What the hell have you done to me?”
This is a book that had me laughing out loud, constantly catching myself smiling like a fool, and even had me shed a few heart-clenching tears at times. My emotions were all over the place because every word meant something, every scene counted, and every sentence struck the right chord. If you’ve loved Hopeless and Losing Hope as desperately as I have, I have no doubt that you will adore Six and Daniel’s beautiful story. They say you can’t improve on perfection – I guess Ms Hoover just did.
While this story could be read as a standalone novella, I personally would not recommend doing so without first reading the other two books in the series as it follows a parallel timeline and some knowledge of events and other characters would enhance the overall reading experience.
“Stop! Stop saying things that make me grin like an idiot. My face has been hurting since the second I met you.”
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5 BEAUTIFUL STARS
Omg what a cute story!!!I loved the epilogue, it was the best epilogue I have ever read!!I cannot stop smiling!!I'm not a big fan of books with cute guys but this book was so amazing.I couldn't put it down!!Colleen managed to brought out so many emotions in less than 100 pages!!
Daniel and Six fall in love in less than 24 hours but this wasn't a problem for me, because it didn't seem rush at all. It was perfect and together they were adorable.The whole time I was laughing!!
I think I'm in love *sigh* Daniel is funny,adorable,sweet and cute!!He doesn't hesitate!He says whatever going through his mind!!And this is what I loved about him!!!I also liked his family and especially his father lol !!He was hilarious!!
I wish there was more to read!!! The story was funny,adorable and sweet!!
“Maybe she can be like Cinderella and I’ll be her Prince Charming.”
Let's face it. I knew this was going to be amazing. It's practically Colleen Hoover's trademark to work magic with literature and Finding Cinderella was no exception.
But I didn't know that it was going to be this amazing. I didn't know it was going to be the type of amazing that would just blow me away without failure. And all in a hundred pages. That's the thing. All in a hundred-and-five pages. That's short. And to make me fall in love with Daniel and Six that quickly? That's nothing short of miraculous.
My Daniel Wesley and Seven Marie Six Cinderella Jacobs
Daniel and Six were the couple that I never thought would feel right together, but once I actually thought about it, I could never actually see what was wrong with them being together in the first place. They're the most unlikely, yet perfect couple and I just love them together. I love how Daniel just throws every fibre of his body into his and Six's relationship and isn't afraid of how quickly he's falling in love.
That’s exactly what this feels like. Like she’s a drug I’ve become immediately addicted to but I have none in supply. The only thing that satiates the craving is her laugh. Or her smile or her kiss or the feel of her pressed against me.
The romance between them feels natural. I guess some people can label it as insta-love/love-at-first-sight (something I despise with my entire being), but it doesn't feel like that to me. It feels like two people who, from the first moment they met, understood each other on a deeper level. They connected.
“It’s different with Six, though. Not only does she get my sense of humor and my personality, but I feel like she encourages it. I feel like the real me is what she likes the most and every time she laughs or smiles at the perfect moment, I want to fist bump her.”
They didn't fall in love at first sight but the most pivotal moment in the story was when Cinderella fell into Prince Charming's closet and they decided to comfort each other.
They spun their own fairytale. And in that fairytale, Daniel found his Cinderella.
So before I read Finding Cinderella, I compiled a list of things I wanted to happen which you can see below.
Thing I Wanted To Happen:
- Sky/Hope and Holder scenes?
- BRECKIN scenes?
- Six and Daniel's HEA?
-Since it's cool to refer to oneself in third person, Miriam's mind blown?
So as you can see, my every single demand ended up being satisfied.
But here's the thing.
I might be satisfied (which I am) but that doesn't mean I don't want more (Which I do. I really, really do.) The few peeks I got of Sky and Dean and reading from Daniel's perspective is just making me hungry for more. Longing for more.
It's like this gaping hole in my stomach and that's all I can describe it as. It might actually be life-threatening! (Well, it's not but who says I don't have a taste for the theatrics)
And to end this review (if it even is a review because mostly it's just me gushing or praying for another short story), I'm just going to use a couple of song lyrics from The Avett Brothers (which coincidentally is a band that was introduced to me in Slammed as well as slam poetry and now I'm addicted to them. Anyway, if Daniel and Six's story was made into a movie, I just strongly felt that should be made into a soundtrack.
"...Then you came back from space
With a brand new laugh and a different face
You took my hand and held it up
And shot my arm full of love.
"And it spread
And it spread into the world
And it spread
And it spread into the world."
-The Avett Brothers, And It Spread
“What’s your deal, then?”
“What do you mean?”
“Everyone has something and I can’t figure yours out. You know, that one thing about themselves that’s eventually a deal-breaker.” I crank the car and begin to back out. “I want to know what yours is right now. My heart can’t take another second of these tiny little things you do that drive me completely insane.”
"We stare at each other for so long I begin to worry that she’s put some kind of spell on me, because I’ve never wanted to just stare at a girl like I want to stare at her. Just looking at her causes my heart to burn and my chest to constrict."
*Novella can be read as a stand-alone but if you haven't readHopeless or Losing Hope, then clearly you're missing out.