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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A startling, fiercely feminist re-imagining of Cinderella from the bestselling, award-winning author Jennifer Donnelly.

Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s sho
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Mary S. R.
Jan 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I mean, when you say “a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella” you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket—and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/

Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters.

Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps that grown men
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I can't believe all of my old favorite YA authors are coming for me like this, a feminist Cinderella retelling truly is everything I want??
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fantasy magical powerful fairytale retelling of Cinderella in Stepsister. Just like in Cinderella in the Stepsister the prince searched for the girl who had worn a glass slipper. He had danced all night with a beautif ...more
Kathy - Books & Munches
Feminist Cinderella retelling? From the Stepsister's POV? Like?
My fairytale retelling-loving heart is so happy right now.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"...the price of forgiveness is forgiving."

Rating: 4.5 stars

A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella riding the royal Carriage with her Prince, leaving behind her step sisters, one bleeding at her heel, Tavi, and another one bleeding at where her toes had been, Isabelle. They're left behind to suffer the consequences, with the
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Exquisite writing. Characters who are honest, heartbreaking, frustrating, and spectacular. And a touch of magic to keep it all together.

I feel like I've been on a journey. What an exceptional first book of the year.
Phoebe Jeziel
Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn’t feminist to begin with.

My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about what’s on the inside.

Plot still sounds interesting enough tho lol.
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
A feminist re-imagining of Cinderella? Yes, this is what I need. I loved These Shallow Graves, so hopefully this is along the same vein.
Oct 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A feminist retelling of Cinderella?
Showing that beauty is in fact NOT important??
I can't even begin to explain how much I need this
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am mega excited to read this book and review it! I’ve always wanted to see the evil stepsister’s perspective!
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sounds epic and love the cover!!
meg chia
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've received a review copy from Pansing to review!

Review to come, but honestly this is so so so so good. Everyone should pick it up! Oh my gosh!
Katie Lawrence
I heard Jennifer Donnelly talk about this book and do a readers theater style reading of the beginning at ALA Midwinter. It begins with the original violent ending of Cinderella. Olivia has already failed in her attempt to cut off her heel to fit in the famed slipper. We meet Isabelle as she prepares to cut off her own toes. That is how desperately she wants to please her mother, to finally feel beautiful and valued. Where can one go from this low point? Can you redeem yourself from being labele ...more
Yana D.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidslit
"She was fearsome.
She was strong.
She was beautiful."

This book is not about an ugly stepsister as much as it is about a young woman who comes to understand and appreciate her beauty. Ugly is a word used to control women and it's very effective. The word had Isabelle and her sister Tavi bound for most of their lives leaving one of them wishing to be pretty when she could just as easily wished for the return of her toes. Pretty is such a shallow desire when one can be daring, intelligent, formida
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
Fate and Chance and an Ugly Stepsister? Ok, this could be interesting. Plus, I love the author.

Final result? Mostly great. Starting off with the Grimm's version (rather more gruesome than Perrault's and - of course - Disney's) is always a good choice. Putting one of the stepsisters in the center of the action is another good choice. So is introducing Fate and Chance. But leaving Chance out of a lot of the action? Spending so much time on the farm? Not as helpful. The pacing is also a little off,
Great tension with plenty of female characters in strong leading roles. This would be great to analyse for high school - to look at the mythology and fairytale that it's drawing on together with the maths, science and military leaders it references. So much fun. Plus there's a word from the author on pg 380 that if I'd figured out when I was a teenager would have saved me a whole a lot of time: "The thing you are fighting against, always, is yourself." Yes.
Elizabeth Kuehne
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great way to examine young female relationships and the themes of guilt, remorse, self-harm, empowerment and forgiveness. I really enjoyed it.
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Feb 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
That must be the best retelling of Cinderella ever. Count me in.
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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of eleven novels - Lost in a Book, These Shallow Graves, Sea Spell, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose - and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and attended the University of Rochester where she majored in English Liter ...more
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“…if these mortals only knew, if they had the merest understanding of the grave, and of the eternity they will spend lying in it, they would eat chocolate for breakfast, caviar for lunch, and sing arias as they slopped the pigs.” 0 likes
“The feeling that you want to own someone body and soul, spirit them away from everyone else, have them all to yourself forever and ever and ever,” Hugo said dreamily. “It’s called love.”
“No, it’s called kidnapping,” said Tavi.”
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