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Chris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister Kimberly begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Sky Pony Press
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Pouting Always
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A modern retelling of Cinderella but with Cinderella actually being Christopher which is pretty cool I guess for people who want more diversity. Christopher's father commits suicide after the 2008 stock market crash, because all his money disappears, and leaves Christopher with his step family the Fontaine's. The Fontaine family has serious financial issues, which were supposed to be taken care of thanks to Chris's dad, and now his step sister Kimberly must find a way to trap the most eligible b ...more
Tanu Gill
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one tremendously emotional, freakishly crazy, guffawing-ly hilarious, and sweet and optimistic retelling of a Cinderella story.

Everything about the book was so far from the norm, or so different from the lovely classic tale, that declaring them to be written by same species of human beings is a huge understatement.

After reading the title and the blurb, I had mistakenly prejudged the book to be a book full of cheese and frills, already mentally preparing myself to forget about it as soon
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Romie
This book is a big no, that's why I feel comfortable dnf-ing only 10% in.
Want to know why ? When you talk about a Black Drag Queen, don't say :

#1 “smooth chocolate skin”
#2 “Him? Her? I still wasn't sure”
#3 “It's always a nice surprise being described as cute, but since I still couldn't figure out which sex was calling me this, I shifted uncomfortably on the cement step.”
#4 “I figured this wasn't the time to ask why, exactly, she felt the need to put in all of that effort to look like the sex oth
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Vivian
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ng, ya-na, fr, romance-contemp
This is a fairytale remix of Cinderella, except less cardboard villainy and gay.

The tale begins with our Cinderfella languishing on the Upper East Side. Chris has got his head in the game taking care of his grades and schoolwork after a tragedy leaves him alone with his stepfamily. While they're not exactly cruel, they are self-centered and take advantage of Chris for various reasons.

There's a lot of cheekiness, OTT behaviors, and de rigueur teenage angst. Add in family obligations, societal a
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Annika
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What an odd little piece.
Oddly charming, oddly sassy and oddly emotional, to be exact.

This is a modern YA GLBT romance that is very (and I mean very) loosely based on the fairy tale of Cinderella. There's a ball, a missing shoe and a fairy godmother involved, as well as a selfish (yet strangely lovable) step-family and some sort of Prince Charming.
It is told from the perspective of adorable 17 year old Chris, who's been living with his step-family since his father's death a few years back. Chr
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Jamie  Cayley
Apr 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs
I received a copy of the book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author, David Clawson, and the publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, for the opportunity.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. I believe we need more YA books with LGBTQ+ characters and characters with non-traditional gender expressions, as there's lots of young adults who don't see themselves represented in books due to the lack of them. However, not all representation is good representati
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I needed this story. My run of recent reads have ranged from lackluster to disappointing, so I needed something fun and engaging to bring me back to life, and this was perfect! This modernized Cinderella retelling has so much humor and fun, it’s such a quick read, and I really loved it.

Things I Liked :
-Humor. This story is laugh out loud funny. I had a great time reading it. The situations and the characters create a fun and dramatic environment that carries humor really well. The humor never f
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Courtney
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fans of: Cinderella retellings, modern fairy tale retellings, LGBT+ characters
Recommended to Courtney by: Netgalley
"It wasn’t fair, and it wasn’t right. Love is supposed to be the truest and most esteemed emotion in the world, but many of these people would only be willing to admire it on their own terms, under their own rules."

After losing both his parents (at different times), Christopher Bellows is left in the care of his stepmother Iris and his step-siblings, Buck and Kimberley. Having grown up with less fortune than his once rich, social-climbing step family, Chris knows how to live off less. Being t
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Dayle (the literary llama)
RATING: ★★☆☆☆ / 2 Disappointed Stars.

REVIEW: I received this book from Sky Pony Press in exchange for an honest review.

In general, I don't like it when a review starts out with "I really really wanted to like it, but...", because of course a reader jumps into any book with the hopes of liking it, and saying so seems a bit redundant. But in this case in actually seems appropriate, so ... People, I really really wanted to like this book but I just, (sigh), didn't. And that makes me sad.

There were
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Ulysses Dietz
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen
BY David Clawson
Sky Pony Press, 2017
Five stars

“But how can you hope to do any good in the world if you’re not at least a little bit happy?”

David Clawson’s wonderful, witty, silly, but at bottom serious book about a boy named Chris Bellows is a superior example of a YA story that focuses on a gay seventeen-year-old and his coming out. A nicely updated riff on the Cinderella story, it has all the madcap energy of a Disney movie or a sitcom (but of course such a th
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Ashley
May 24, 2017 added it
DNF at 34%

I received a free e-copy from netgalley for review.

While I found this funny at times it was also very uncomfortable. Upon meeting Coco, Chris immediately becomes weirdly obsessed about what's under Coco's dress, and then the next day when Chris meets Coco out of drag he describes Duane (Coco's real name) as looking "thuggish" (Duane is black). And then we reach the point where I couldn't put this book down fast enough. Chris' stepsister Kimberly decides it's okay to slip her mother so
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Elizabeth Mathis
Chris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister Kimberly begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, heir to a political dynasty, everything changes. Because Chris and J. J. fall in love . . . with each other.

With the help of
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Haley Isabella  BellaTheBibliophile
David Clawson tells a great story but there were too many things that annoyed me in this book for me to give it a better rating, the past few days I've been debating on 2 or 3 stars, it didn't deserve more than that and ultimately I decided on 2 stars.

You can find out why in my blog review here ; http://bellathebibliophile.blogspot.c...
CR Daylex
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Okay. This is a case of I should have come on goodreads and read some damn reviews before buying this book.

But I was swayed by the cover and the title. I couldn't help myself.

I should have put it back.

Honestly one of the most racist and transphobic YA books I've read in a long time. Just utter trash. I read this on an airplane and I was about to vibrate out of my seat with pure rage. The MC has a really bizarre obsession with finding out about Coco's genitals and it's gross.
Anna
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Yvonne Olson
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why I finished this book.
I've read many modern day Cinderella retellings, and I was excited when I heard about one where the fair godmother was a DRAG QUEEN.
Yaas, girl, represent.
Except, it's not the best representation. I've known drag queens, and while they can be over-the-top, they aren't this... I don't know the word, but they aren't this bad. A lot of the quotes I read from Coco/Duane just rubbed me wrong?
And tell me, how does an 18 year old gay boy in New York know NOTHING ab
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Stacee
May 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 24%

I was all over this premise after being hooked by the title.

Sadly, the parts I read were filled with gay slurs {from his so-called family}, several pejorative statements about gender and sexuality, and one passage about special needs children that had me cringing. Not to mention the fairly horrible thoughts Chris had about Coco/Duane. And from what I'm seeing from other reviews, there's an entire plot line of JJ pretending to date a woman while he's in a relationship with Chris.

Betwe
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Wendy F
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed this book for the first half, but after that I started to lose interest. It just didn't wind up being as good as I'd hoped.

For my full review, visit Birdie Bookworm.
Theresa
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorites of this year, but it made me laugh...and turned me into a hopeless romantic.

Chris' family is heading off to the ball dressed in Vera Wang without him. There are high hopes his step sister will end up married to the most eligible bachelor in New York, but when Coco Chanel Jones shows up everything changes. It is the story of Cinderella retold with a twist.

The beginning for me didn't feel right. Why was Chris questioning the pronouns of a drag queen? Why did it seem impossi
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Teresa
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
This book had me LOL from the beginning until the end. In a way you can call it a retelling of the classic cinderella story, but with a VERY modern spin on the story. It is told by Christopher who is gay ( but is quiet about it ) and just happens to stay with his stepfamily after his father checks out of this life ( his words not mine). Only his "family" is down on their luck and running out of money. So Iris the monarch (mother) convinces her daughter to go after the most eligible bachelor in N ...more
{lady}✨christine
*I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shapes my opinion of the book.*

TW: transphobia, misgendering, ableist language surrounding medication.


While I was intrigued by the premise—a gay retelling of Cinderella—My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen really disappointed me.

The representation of a gay teen coming to terms with his identity, as well as falling in love for the first time, was the redeeming quality to this story. Chris is a sweet kid who volunt
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Jamie Coudeville
This book surprised me. I really liked the characters, even the stepfamily (which is rare in a cinderella remake). The characters are actually what made this book for me. The story isn't that original, but these awesome characters turned it into something special. I do feel there should've been a bit more of a resolution. It felt a bit too easy.

If you're looking for a fun m/m contemporary and love retellings, this is definitely the book for you.

received a copy of this book from the publisher
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Lisa
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

3,5 stars


This is a gay Cinderella retelling and it did not disappoint at all! As soon as I saw this book, I just knew I had to get my hands on it.
There were numerous times where I laughed out loud, epsecially when the drag queens interacted with each other which, unfortunately, happened only once. I need more of them!

I just love good Cinderella retellings. Chris, our Cinderella, was a very likable guy and he goes through much character growth during
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anna ✨
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
4/5 stars

"Worrying is what I do! About everything!"

This book is partly exactly what you expect - romance, LGBT+, fluffy, etc. - and partly completely different. The book tells the story of Chris (short for Christopher) who goes to a party and meets the 'love of his life' - as it is a retelling of Cinderella, you can kind of predict how the rest of the story goes. I loved the funny remarks, the relationship between Chris and the main character (I am not sure if it is a spoiler, so I will just not
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Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Chris is a 17 year old that lost his father, and is now still living with his stepmother, stepsister, and stepbrother. After the passing of his father the family suffered financially, and Chris stepped in to do the chores and do practically everything for them. On the night of the Ball he helps each family member get ready, but he doesn't get to go himself because they couldn't spare the money to get him anything to wear. His stepmother exhausted all of her money buying Kimberly an expensive Ver ...more
Cail Mangum
I really, really wanted to like this book, and while it only took me a few hours to actually get through it, those hours took place over a span of a couple months because I kept getting put off by the writing style.

Technical complaints: I found at least two different typos, and while I can enjoy first person pov when done well, this was not that. The book is framed as though Chris, the protagonist, is telling the story of his great love affair with J.J. Kennerly after the fact, which means he is
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DB  (DB's Guide to the Galaxy)
Link to my blog: https://wordpress.com/post/dbsguideto...

Warnings: Homophobic language. Offensive language. Offensive remarks towards drag queens. Racism.

Note that I have expressed some thoughts towards drag queens. Now, as I am not a drag queen, nor do I know any drag queens, the opinions I express about them are solely on a general thought and not exclusive towards drag queens.

Ok, so I needed a cute read to get me over an arc that I dnf and about halfway through this book I so wanted to dnf as
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Kuzu
Mar 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I started from five and removed a star every time the narration struck me as racist toward the character of Coco or alter ego Duane (who's black), I'd already be out of stars, but then there's the level of voyeuristic othering toward her as a drag queen and the fact that every cis female character in this is an unpleasant person and I just can't recommend it. There are better gay white boy finding first love stories out there. I'd like to see more drag stories but this is not the one.
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