Who doesn’t like Cinderella’s story? It’s the like the most popular fairytale ever. It’s every girl’s fantasy (not all girls but you get my point). Yo...moreWho doesn’t like Cinderella’s story? It’s the like the most popular fairytale ever. It’s every girl’s fantasy (not all girls but you get my point). You meet your prince charming and get a fabulous makeover courtesy of your fairy godmother then *pop* instant princess. So when I read the title I know it’s one of those Cinderella story with a modern twist. With that, I decided to pick it up and read.
Lucy, the main lead is ok. I actually not the type of person who dwells too much on the female lead as I am more intrigue with the male lead (not really a surprise there). Lucy thought her life is like Cinderella. She even has a checklist to compare if her life is really similar to Cinderella. Guess what, they have a lot in common. She has (wicked) stepmother, two annoying step sisters, she lives in the basement (without furniture so she doesn’t have a place to put her clothes) and well…she isn’t treated as harshly as Cinderella but her stepmother knows how to make her feel out of place. And since she just transfers she doesn’t have any friends. She’s a big basketball fan and a good artist (her mother was an artist too). But out of the blue when she heard the guys talking about basketball, she gives a sarcastic comment that led her to instant popularity.
Making her popular because of the sarcastic comment about basketball that’s really… strange. Well, the other dude was really pissed at her but the other guy (the hottest guy in the campus) find it amusing. Long story short, she bagged the hottest guy in school, managed to have not only one but two best friends and date nights. But the only connection she and Connor have is basketball. And then, there this other guy, Sam Wolff, the quiet guy who also an artist just like her. At first Sam ignores Lucy (even though she was praising his artwork). By the end of the book she finds out that he was the one for her.
Well, the story is ok. Some people may find it predictable and utterly simple (modern Cinderella story is not the most original idea). I do find the character likable and I didn’t see forcing myself to finish reading this book which is a good sign; but the only let down for me is the relationship of Lucy and Sam. It’s kinda hinted that they were the ones who’ll end up together (after the art exhibit). But just a few pages before the book ended, he decided to tell her his feelings and his confession made her realize that Sam was the guy she really likes. It is a good way to end the story only if they have good connection throughout the book. But believe me, it’s very limited. Most of the time Sam didn’t even talk to her. I guess I feel the book was kinda rushed. But I enjoy it nonetheless.(less)
Is there a chance that this could be a full length novel? I really liked the first 12 pages (which is the entire novella). It’s like I read an excerpt...moreIs there a chance that this could be a full length novel? I really liked the first 12 pages (which is the entire novella). It’s like I read an excerpt and now waiting for the book. Only there’s no book to wait.
Le sigh. It’s cute. Just took me minutes to finish. (less)
The girl, by some miracle didn’t come from some dysfunctional family with overly complicated past threatening her future (isn’t that the trend in NA?)...moreThe girl, by some miracle didn’t come from some dysfunctional family with overly complicated past threatening her future (isn’t that the trend in NA?). But she did have issues, more personal, self-made, but it did get in the way. The guy, well, he had it but the story didn’t focus on each other baggage as if to camouflage the characters’ lack of depth & personalities. It actually centered on them and the kind of relationship they were about to enter. Girl’s insecurities plus the guy’s novice to relationships, it wasn't looking very bright at first. Something was bound to stir the developing relationship. But it was more of the girl’s fault than the guy. The guy’s reluctance? It was totally warranted and rational reaction. She dropped him like a hot potato of course he’ll choose self-preservation. But lesson learned, love ruled and so there was that. Who opposed to HEA anyway? Definitely not me!
It wasn’t impressive or unique but to call it ‘meh’ feels underserving. Every single thing in this book wasn’t remotely new; it’s been done before, an...moreIt wasn’t impressive or unique but to call it ‘meh’ feels underserving. Every single thing in this book wasn’t remotely new; it’s been done before, and in good days better than this. I have these conflicting feelings: I don’t hate the characters but neither did I hate them. But I wasn’t completely detached, I liked them just fine. Their personalities were clichés, specifically designed, yet didn’t feel contrived. The romance was common, still enjoyable (admirable even. I really liked her family). The plot was hardly distinctive and polished but I dug it, still. Because for some reason, I can’t seem to make up my mind and even though it was typical and predictable the thing is I still enjoyed it.