Well, that was the first time I’d ever finished a book in a day. Granted, it was a novella and only 130 pages. It just goes to show that even extremely talented authors like Colleen Hoover can write something amazing in just over a hundred pages. Finding Cinderella was a wonderfully enjoyable short read. It’s the kind of book you read during a short trip, a car ride, a couple hour long flight. It has a beautiful opening, and a wonderfully happily ever after. Even the funniest and the most unlikely of people can fall in love given the right circumstances.
Due to a happy mistake done by school administration, every fifth period, Daniel situates himself in the maintenance room for an afternoon nap between classes. One unsuspecting afternoon, a young girl falls on top of him, interrupting his sleep. What neither of them know is that this chance meeting is going to change their lives forever. How is it possible that you can fall in love with a person you’ve never seen? Or made love to a person when you don’t even know what they look like? A year later, Daniel is introduced to Six, who has returned from her semester abroad. Every terrible experience he’s had in his most recent relationship seems to wash away upon this strange girl with this strangely amusing personality. Whether or not Six is the mysterious girl from the closet, he finds himself falling for her, and fast and only just when they’ve both found their happily ever after, a secret truth comes to life, potentially shattering their happy ending.
In truth, I’m pretty sure I knew Six was Daniel’s Cinderella. Something in Losing Hope, if I remember correctly just gave me the indication that Six was the same girl that fell into Daniel’s maintenance closet. I’m happy they found each other, I think it’s just ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. I can’t imagine pretending to love someone and to make love to them without knowing what they look like, and then being hung up over them for a year… I can’t imagine having an experience with someone and having them on my mind even a year later. I wish I could have an experience like that, as I’m not very well experienced.
Daniel and Six honestly just make me laugh. They are what you would probably consider “class clowns”. Six has class and tact, Daniel just has a weird personality thanks to his odd parents. You know what they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Both characters are humorous, dirty minded, and have the same personality. It’s uncanny. It’s literally a perfect match made in….a maintenance closet. It’s the kind of love you want to find with someone that’s an equal balance of what you are. You want someone who’s funny, who gets you, who knows how to be serious and who knows how to take you seriously when you need it. That’s what Daniel is to Six and that’s how she is with him.
“Are you going to tell me how awesome that kiss was or are you going to ignore it?”
She shakes her head and laughs at me. “That wasn’t even a real kiss,” she says. “You didn’t even try to put your tongue in my mouth.”
I push open the doors to walk outside, but step aside and let her out first.
“I didn’t have to put my tongue in your mouth,” I say. “My kisses are that intense. I don’t even really have to do anything. The only reason I pulled back was that I was sure we were about to experience a classic ‘When Harry met Sally’ moment.”
Every woman deserves a guy who’s not only loving and caring, but someone who’s funny, who gets her and her randomness. Lord knows that person doesn’t exist for me. I mean I randomly break out into song, or quote movie quotes just…randomly. We all need someone who gets us, and Daniel and Six are lucky to have found the one person that gets them. Seriously, how lucky do you have to be to find your significant other in a maintenance closet.
Finding Cinderella is a wonderful companion novel/novella for the Hopeless series, and really does make you believe in fairy tales and happily ever afters when you least expect them. Who knows, maybe you’ve already met your Prince Charming and just don’t know it yet.
4/5 Hearts of Love