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If the Shoe Fits

(Meant to Be #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  25,886 ratings  ·  4,427 reviews
After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America's favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 3rd 2021 by Hyperion Avenue
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Laurie Many books mention the race/ethnicity only of nonwhite characters; this author is including race/ethnicity for all characters, which I appreciated.
Cathy Definitely. Very rated G. I even questioned if they had sex lol. It’s super closed door and kisses are generic

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Lea (drumsofautumn)
Julie Murphy absolutely never misses for me. Feeling very emotional right now about the amount of comfort and joy her books bring me and this was no exception.

me: I'm kinda sick of Cinderella retellings
Julie Murphy: here's my first Adult novel and it is a Cinderella retelling with a plus-size main character
me: SIGN ME UP!!!!!!

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
3.5 stars. This was a lot of fun! I didn't know whether or not I was going to be the hugest fan of the Bachelor-esque premise, but I ended up totally hooked by it and could not put this book down. My only real gripe with this one is that I felt like the ending was kind of.. unspectacular? But I will definitely cut it some slack as this is a Cinderella retelling and I feel like (while maybe a little boring) the ending really did the Cinderella elements justice lol. Honestly y'all this was a LOT o ...more
Ali Goodwin
Aug 16, 2022 rated it liked it
Ahh this book is so cute!! I loved that it takes place on a reality dating show. It was such an interesting setting and it was so cool to see the behind the scenes of the show. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because I wasn't super passionate about the romance and overall it felt a little light and fluffy to me. Overall, it's a really adorable feel good romance with a unique premise!! ...more
I so desperately wanted to LOVE this, but I ended up feeling like it was just okay. I love books with a Bachelor-like show premise, and I really enjoyed reading from a plus size protagonist, and I think it’s so important to see that rep in more romance novels, but the romance in this book just didn’t do it for me. I don’t know if it’s because I just read The Charm Offensive but that’s another Bachelor-like show book, and I feel like the romance was a million times better in that book. Since I re ...more
Y’all!!!! I was not expecting this. I heard that people enjoyed this one but I didn’t know how I would feel about it at all. 4.5 Stars.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to pick this up anytime soon, but then I was sent a copy of the second book in this series. Apparently, Disney is making moves into publishing adult romance novels under the theme of Disney classics that many readers are familiar with. So, before I read that one, I wanted to read the first book so that I could get a better idea of wha
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars 

I loved this book to pieces. If the Shoe Fits is a Cinderella re-telling by the fabulous Julie Murphy featuring a plus size main character who is going on a show similar to The Bachelor. It was fun, made me smile so big and feel giddy while reading. Cindy is one of the best heroines and Henry was wonderful as well. I loved the romance, watching Cindy go after her dreams, and the family/friendship element. Plus all the fashion stuff was really fun!

Last year I read ‘One to Watch’ whi
Jul 20, 2021 rated it really liked it

If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy is a modern and creative re-telling of Disney’s Cinderella.

Ms. Murphy’s new cast has been re-imagined with many nods to the classic.

Classic: Cinderella, an orphan who is living with her wicked stepmother and step-sisters. New: Cindy Woods, an orphan, returning to her step-mother’s house in Los Angeles after graduating from Parsons School of Design, emphasizing in footwear design. Cindy had a rough last year of school due to depression. Withou
Aug 06, 2021 marked it as to-read

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If the Shoe Fits is a modern day Cinderella retelling with a plus-sized heroine Cindy, who just graduated from fashion school and needs help figuring out what next. When a vacancy opens on her stepmother’s reality dating show, Before Midnight, happens at the last second, Cindy jumps at the chance for some exposure in the hopes of working in the fashion industry. But she gets more than what she bargained for when she actually begins to fall for the show’s suitor, Henry.

I ended up loving this boo
Dec 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook

Wow this one completely came out of nowhere for me! I hadn't even planned on picking this up, but I read it for a video and I'm so happy that I did! This is loosely based on Cinderella, but I loved how Cindy was super close with her stepmom, two step siblings, and three half siblings (the half siblings are named after the mice in Cinderella...so cute!!). Cindy's mom works for a dating show like The Bachelor, and Cindy and her two stepsisters end up going on the show together. The guy everyon
Aug 15, 2021 rated it liked it
TW: death of parents off page

This is a loosely inspired by Cinderella contemporary romance with a Bachelor esque show. I was a bit skeptical of the retelling aspect since I hate mean girl plots but was pleasantly surprised that the step family was not evil. But as clever as this was, I did not like the romance part. Maybe because my bias against dudes on the bachelor came through.. I just hate how unfair it is to the girls on the show. But I did love that this featured a plus sized lead and tha
Larry H
Aug 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Julie Murphy's new rom-com asks the question, Can a real happy ending be found on reality television?

So here’s a question: is a “Cinderella story” the same as a retelling of Cinderella? Because while I’ve heard If the Shoe Fits called a retelling, it’s perhaps one in the loosest sense, but that doesn’t detract from its charm.

Cindy is an aspiring shoe designer with a passion for fashion, but as a plus-sized woman, she’s often frustrated by the lack of options she has. With no real career pros
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Cinderella meets The Bachelor in this fun modern take on a classic!

If you (like me) were disappointed by One to Watch, I urge you to check out If the Shoe Fits! This gave me everything I was hoping for there and didn't get. Great fat rep and body positivity, reality TV drama, and a romance I could really root for. This was so much fun and a fantastic first outing for Disney dipping their toes in publishing romance for adults. (though if you're looking for something steamy
Kelly (and the Book Boar)

I should have known better, but when I saw “Julie Murphy” I just couldn’t stop myself from clicking the request button. The funny thing is I was denied Pumpkin and that will probably end up being a huge winner for me. But whatever. The NetGalley gods – they are a fickle.

So the problem here is I really don’t like Disney princess stuff and I would also rather stick my head in the oven rather than endure even one episode of The Bachelor. Why did I think I would like this again? Oh yeah, because
Sep 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
This book was so cute! 😊 Cindy is a recent graduate of design school and has a love affair with all things shoes. 👠She is also still dealing with the death of both her parents. This was a Cinderella telling with some fun twists, as in this version, Cindy gets along well with her stepmother and stepsisters. Her stepmother is executive producer of a TV show similar to “The Bachelor” and gets Cindy and her two stepsisters on as contestants. Cindy is a hit as the only plus-size contestant, although ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved a lot of things about this book, but unfortunately the romance was not one of them. The Bachelor-esque premise, which did give this book a readable quality and fast paced feeling, just wasn't a good breeding ground for a spectacular romance. It was actually quite lacklustre, which I hate to say because I felt potential and chemistry between the love interests.

It was however, a good vehicle to discuss plus size representation in media and in fashion. And I think that's what I loved most
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

Cindy always had a fascination with shoes, because she can bond over them with other people, in ways she can't always do when it comes to clothing, since she's a plus sized woman. She has a good eye for shoe design, but she never managed to chase her dreams ambitiously, since after her parents died, Cindy went into a creative slump, trying to process her grief and the trajectory her life is going to take, a life without her mom and dad. She lost her mom first, during midd
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This sweet and sassy peek behind the curtains of a show like "The Bachelor" was just the right fit. Cindy is a plus-size girl and it is about time that America gets behind a contestant who is not in the 0-4 size range. She loves shoes! Henry is the heir to a high-profile designer label and the two were MFEO. I loved their discussion about the intersection of utility and fashion and the fact that we all wear clothes making us all a part of the conversation. Not just the runway models and designer ...more
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
In spite of all the mixed reviews, I decided to read this for the size representation. I. REGRET. NOTHING! ❤

This was lovely!! 🤗🥰

I'm not big sized, but a very important person to me is and I know the struggles, the comments and the hurt, I've always tried to help but society doesn't so fuck yeah this book rocks!!! And tells it how it is!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

I mean... Cindy loves shoes because they are inclusive, they fit everyone no matter the size of clothes they wear, gender or whatever else. Isn't that lov
Oct 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

This rom-com steeped in the world of reality television matchmaking was just the type of read I needed to relax. When Cindy, an aspiring shoe designer returns to California to help her stepmother, Erica take care of her triplet half-siblings, she and her two stepsisters get swept up in the new season of Before Midnight, Erica's The Bachelor inspired series. While her daughters Anna and Drew
Jan 17, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this one 3.5 rounded up for star selection. I was looking for something light and fun and this book definitely delivered. I am not a fan of reality tv (except for food network competitions) and have never seen the Bachelor/Bachelorette but I totally believe the accuracy of the behind the scenes look this provides. While reality tv wasn’t a selling point for me I love fairy tale reimaginings and I felt like this did justice to Cinderella of the modern age. I was pleased to see that the ste ...more
julia cudney
Sep 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
i’ll talk about why i didn’t love this as much as i expected to in an upcoming video about cinderella retellings, but the most pressing issue is that the leads never profess their love?
Erin Craig
Mar 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delightful! Thank you so much for an early copy. Everything about this book made my heart so happy!
Love those shoes!

First up I loathe and detest reality shows. Often so dehumanising. I’ve been reading articles lately about contestants who suffer greatly after being on such shows. The suicide rate and severe depression is real. To me such shows are the equivalent of the trials by combat of Ancient Rome, only now the colosseum is our TV screen and the modern Roman citizen watches from the couch tweeting responses of thumbs up or down. So I wasn't really that aware of what I was letting myself i
Having more plus-size women in fiction is an aspect that should have happened ages ago. The writing industry still lacks body shape diversity and seeing a plus-size protagonist was refreshing. This is why it shame's me that I couldn't get into this story. I found that the plot was too fast-paced, which neglected time for the romance in the story to blossom. There wasn't much drama and since I couldn't connect with both of the main characters, it was hard to be emotionally attached to this tale. ...more
Who doesn't love a good retelling? I certainly do, especially Cinderella based as it is my favorite fairytale (despite how bad it truly is. Guilty of having guilty pleasures!). THIS was not a good retelling though *shrug*

Be prepared for a few light spoilers concerning the growth (or lack thereof) of the story.

It all started beautifully. Of course, with a setting like "The Bachelor", I did not expect a lot of quality development, but it shined when it came to Cindy's home life. She had a very
Kate (The Quirky Kate)
Aug 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-read, ya, rom-com
5/5 Stars!

I relate so much to Cindy's character. Being fat is definitely a part of who she is, but it isn't what defines her. One moment, she's freaking out about whether or not she'd have to awkwardly ask a flight attendant for a seatbelt extender on a plane, and the next moment, she's flirting up a storm with a random cute guy she met on said plane. I think this is a perfect example of how it feels to be inside the brain of a fat girl. She knows she's got the whole package, but at the end
Oct 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Fate is just an excuse for people to be inactive participants in their own lives."


Think: Cinderella meets The Bachelor. Except I've never watched The Bachelor and from what I do know of the show... it's no where near as sweet as this. I'm absolutely positive that if this book were reality, Cindy would be my absolute favorite instagram to keep up on.

I love Cindy for so many reasons. She's headstrong, yet real in a way sometimes people on the internet can never feel. She's kind, but not so
Apr 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022-s-books
wasn't that good but wasn't bad either, just a pair of things i would change to make it perfect ...more
Nov 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a great fresh take on the Cinderella tale. I loved the update and how Murphy turned the whole midnight ball thing into a reality contestant a la the Bachelor. I really enjoyed the main character of Cindy, but wish that she had more of a heart to heart with her stepmother, Erica. I definitely get that Cindy still has feelings about losing both her parents, but she seems to act as if Erica doesn't feel that same pain about losing Cindy's father. I do have to say that I loved how this ended (n ...more
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Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time.

When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure.

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