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Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon
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Jan 30, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: american-lit, booksaboutbooks, fantasy

** spoiler alert ** What This Book Is Being Marketed As: Fluffy retelling of the Cinderella story from the godmother’s point of view! She was kicked out of fairyland for falling in love with Cinderella’s prince; now, as an elderly bookstore clerk in present day New York, she has the chance to redeem herself by doing some matchmaking for a free-spirited hair stylist and her wealthy, recently-divorced bookstore owning boss! There’s a wealthy bookstore owner in this book, so you know it’ll be an optimistic fairytale!

What This Book Actually Is, Based On One Interpretation of Its Ambiguous Ending: Cinderella’s godmother grew up in a fairyland that seems as realistic and well-realized as one of those mid-’90s plastic fairy kingdom toys that unfolded from a Pepto-Bismol-pink clamshell case that looked like it maybe in a previous life held somebody’s diaphragm. She fell in love with Cinderella’s prince after seeing him one time, which makes her kind of want to off Miss Cinders rather than get her and Charming together. Luckily, Cinderella is suicidally depressed and tells the godmother to just go to the ball in her place. Godmother does, comes back to find Cinderella has slashed her wrists with her broken glass slipper. But if the godmother can manage that hair stylist/wealthy bookstore owner hookup, then everything’s still cool!

What This Book Actually Is, Based On the Other Interpretation of Its Ambiguous Ending: The “godmother” is actually a crazy old lady who’s escaped into a fantasy world after her younger sister’s rape and suicide (?) when they were girls. At the end, she thinks she’s getting to return to fairyland, but actually, she just kills herself.

In Conclusion: It’s so nice to know that whichever way you slice it, someone’s veins are getting sliced too! Also good to know: if this author offers you a nice, refreshing glass of Kool-Aid, it’s probably best to pass.
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Reading Progress

January 30, 2009 – Shelved
January 30, 2009 – Shelved as: american-lit
January 30, 2009 – Shelved as: booksaboutbooks
January 30, 2009 – Shelved as: fantasy
January 30, 2009 –
page 44
15.28% "Whoa! Hello elderly masturbating fairies!"
February 2, 2009 –
page 93
February 7, 2009 –
page 150
52.08% "I would say, "Would you like a little cheese with your whine, oh masturbating fairy?" But this is PLENTY cheesy already."
Started Reading
February 8, 2009 – Finished Reading

Comments (showing 1-9 of 9) (9 new)

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message 1: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow What the hell? What the HELL?

message 2: by Trin (new) - rated it 1 star

Trin I have NO IDEA. And believe me, I would love to have someone, anyone involved with this book's creative process tell me what they were thinking.

message 3: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Well, I am right here.

Cindy I try not to read reviews before I'm finished with the book but I'm 100 pages into this and was very confused if i was missing something.

The Sweet Bookshelf OMG! I sooo agree!!!

I felt myself saying to myself,"did the old lady just masturbate herself to sleep?"

"Did Cinderella seriously just slit her wrists?"

"ANOTHER suicide? The loco lady jumps off a bridge!?"

Where was the editor in all of this? Did they actually READ the ending? Who thought suicides in a tween book/fairytale was ever a good thing. Seriously disappointed. Horrible.

message 6: by Miss Clark (new)

Miss Clark Wow. I am so glad I saw your review before getting this book since I had no idea that was what the book was really about. Really inaccurate marketing. THANK YOU!

Lissa Adamson you all just missed the point completely. what happens in the fairy world manifests in the real world. all her loves will be returned to her. really.. you all are so obtuse. you only see the darkness.

Manda I was really hating this book until about the last 16-20 pages. That ending! I'm not sure what was real and what was fantasy. It reminding me a lot of Birdman.

message 9: by Minni Mouse (new)

Minni Mouse What the hell. Just finished reading Fairest of Them All. What's up with this author and throwing around rape?

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