Review: Finding Cinderella (#2.5, Hopeless) by Colleen Hoover - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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Review: Finding Cinderella (#2.5, Hopeless) by Colleen Hoover

My Thoughts

105 pages of pure brilliance, packed with so much heart, humor and emotion that it left me desperately wanting more.
It made me laugh, it made me cry… I felt every. single. moment.
This novella is true perfection.



finding cinderellaA 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 fairytales.

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.

My Review

Pure gold. I loved every word, every page and felt every moment of this amazing novella. I don’t know how Colleen Hoover does it! How adeptly she imbued so much heart into about 100 pages is beyond me. She managed to make me feel so deeply, so very quickly, instantly gripping me with her unique, endearing characters. I honestly can’t think of another author that can pull me in as quickly and completely as she can with her books. Her relatable, demotic writing style delivers an emotional punch, sometimes when you least expect it. All in all, it really is a stellar achievement.

This novella’s protagonists are Daniel and Six. For all of you Hopeless fans, you’ll recall that Daniel is Holder’s best friend while Six is Sky’s best friend. They are both quirky and funny, both misfits of sorts with a ton of personality. The story begins with a fated, chance encounter that would indelibly mark them… a destined happenstance charged with an emotional, soul-deep connection they had never felt before.

“In the course of five seconds we go from extremely awkward to kind of comfortable, like we do this all the time and I realize in this moment that we just became so much more together than we could ever possibly be alone.”

Without spoiling the plot, I’ll just say that they are pulled apart by the very fateful forces which pushed them together. In the end, this is a beautiful, heartfelt story about two kindred spirits finding their way to each other, falling in love with the only person they could ever truly love. The dialogue is sharp, funny and ingenious, making me laugh and grin throughout. There were also moments brimming with emotion and heartbreak that evoked some unexpected tears. Again, Colleen Hoover’s ability to infuse that level and range of emotion in a novella is a true testament to her masterful writing.

Holder and Sky appear in the story, making me feel so very happy to see them again, especially through another person’s perspective. I loved seeing more of Daniel and Holder’s close relationship too.

“You’re my best friend and I love you. I’m not ashamed to admit that I love a guy. I love you, Holder. Daniel Wesley loves Dean Holder. Always and forever.”

Finding Cinderella is an amazing complement to one of my favorite all-time series, filling a space I didn’t know existed… didn’t know I needed. This three-book series is perfection.

“It feels sort of euphoric, like we’re in some sort of fairy tale. 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.”


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  1. mandy said:

    What happens next with Six and Daniel do they go and find their baby? I cried so hard and my heart is heavey without the answer please I beg what happens


  2. hannah said:

    who is the antagonist


    1. VBB Post author said:

      There really is no external antagonist… their issues are between them.


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