Finding Cinderella (Hopeless 2.5 Novella), by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis: his novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairy tales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

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I can’t even describe to you the perfection of this author…. every single one of Colleen Hoover’s books are flawless, hilarious and heartbreaking. Sometimes all in the same chapter. In Finding Cinderella we get a more in depth look into Daniel and Six – after their secret meetings in the maintenance closet at school – the experience they share, and the fact that they have no idea who the other is? Well that just leaves us reeeeeeeeling for more!

They hate everything – together. That’s why Daniel is first smitten with Six in the closet – she hates everyone as much as he does. Even thought it’s pitch black in the room – and they have no idea who the other is, they feel a pull, a connection – and it leaves Daniel wanting more and hoping to find out who this mystery girl is that’s gotten him so riled up. But of course, Six is gone – she’s in Italy on her exchange program. These leaves Daniel in the hands of Val (who he thought briefly may have been his Cinderella – thank god right?) So when Six returns home, Daniel meets her after freshly breaking up with Val. He’s instantly attracted to her – and even though Holder tells him to no way – back off – she’s off limits, it doesn’t stop him from following her home and asking her out.

I don’t think I’ve laughed this much in a book …. maybe ever? The banter between Six and Daniel is hilarious; imagine sitting in a restaurant alone, reading your kindle and trying hard not to obnoxiously laugh out loud for what seemed the whole book – that was me today. Tears down my cheeks – choking on my Coke – the works. And when we’re introduced to Daniel’s family, we understand now where he gets his amazing personality and insane sense of humor (His dad is kind of my favorite.)

But of course, this is a Colleen Hoover book so even when I wasn’t really expecting it? She kicks you RIGHT in the feelings and nearly left me a blubbering mess in the restaurant – seriously, I got to pay my check and the waitress asks me if I need a tissue. I make it out to my car, and sit there until I finished the book. I cried, I laughed – I blew my nose too much. But this is a norm when you read Colleen Hoover’s books.

She has the most amazing talent for sucking you into a story – making you a part of it – you feel their fear, sadness, happiness and humor. You fight for them, you root for them! You pray everything will work out in the end…. because she has this crazy ability to make you care about these characters. I feel like I’ve been through the ringer with Holder & Sky – now Six and Daniel? I can only hope and pray that this won’t be the end of for these two – and we’ll see more in the future from all four of them…

*FAVORITE QUOTES*

“You talk to him about the fact that we haven’t had sex?” Six says, completely embarrassed. My father shakes his head. “No, he doesn’t have to. I know because every night he comes home he goes straight to his bedroom and takes a thirty-minute shower. I was eighteen once.”
Six covers her face with her hands. “Oh, my God.” She peeks through her hands at my dad. “I guess I know who Daniel gets his personality from.” My father nods. “Tell me about it. His mother is terribly inappropriate.”

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It feels sort of euphoric, like we’re in some sort of fairytale. Like she’s Tinkerbell and I’m Peter Pan. No, wait. I don’t want to be Peter Pan. Maybe she can be like Cinderella and I’ll be her Prince Charming. Yeah, I like that fantasy better. Cinderella’s hot when she’s all poor and sweaty and slaving over the stove.”

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“I lean forward and grab the bowl of ice cream she didn’t finish and pull it to my, then take a bite. She watches me as I close my lips around the spoon and pull it out of my mouth. She scrunches up her nose staring at the spoon. “I could have herpes, you know,” she says. I grin at her and wink. “You somehow just made herpes sound appealing.”

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“I can’t take you tonight,” I say. “I had my heart completely broken about an hour ago by a psychotic bitch and I need a little more time to recover from that relationship. How about tomorrow night?”

***

“She chokes on her drink with her laugh. “Chunk? You call your little sister Chunk?” “We all call her Chunk. She was a fat baby.” She laughs. “You have nicknames for everyone,” she says. “You call Sky Cheese Tits. You call Holder Hopeless. What do you call me when I’m not around?”

***

“I have no idea who you even are and now you’re my damn girlfriend. What the hell have you done to me?” She holds her palms up defensively. “Hey, don’t blame me. I’ve gone eighteen years swearing off boyfriends and then you show up out of the blue with your vulgar mouth and terribly awkward first kisses and now look at me. I’m a hypocrite.” “I don’t even know your phone number,” I say. “I don’t even know your birthday,” she says. “You’re the worst girlfriend I’ve ever had.”

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“Hey!” I yell. Everyone turns around and looks at us. I glance at Six and her eyes are wide. I inhale a deep breath, then turn back to the table. Specifically to Holder. “She fist bumped me,”I say, pointing at Six. “It’s not my fault. She hates purses and she fist bumped me, then she made me push her on the damn merry-go-round. After that, she demanded to see where I had sex in the park, then she forced me to sneak into my own bedroom. She’s weird and half the time I can’t keep up with her, but she thinks I’m funny as hell. And Chunk asked me this morning if I wanted to love her someday, and I realized I’ve never hoped I could love someone more than I want to love her. So every single one of you who has an issue with us dating is going to have to get over it because…” I pause and turn toward Six. “Because you fist bumped me and I could care less who knows we’re together. I’m not going anywhere and I don’t want to go anywhere so stop thinking I’m into you because I’m not supposed to be into you.” I lift my hands and tilt her face toward mine. “I’m into you because you’re awesome. And because you let me accidentally touch your boob.” She’s smiling wider than I’ve ever seen her smile. “Daniel Wesley, where’d you learn those smooth moves?” I laugh. “Not moves, Six. Charisma.”

Do yourself a favor and check out Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless Series

Book 1: Hopeless

Book 2: Losing Hope

Book 2.5: Finding Cinderella – *FREE*

And if you’re REALLY smart, you’ll check out her series – Slammed

Book 1: Slammed

Book 2: Point of Retreat

Book 3: This Girl

Where you’ll meet Laken & Mr. Will Cooper… you’ll learn that sometimes it’s ok to carve pumpkins, and you’ll REALLY find out how butterflying amazing Colleen Hoover’s books are 🙂

Enjoy!

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