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


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This 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 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.


What Rhea Thought:

I started reading this novella under duress. My reading soul mate threatened to throttle me and toss me into the sea if I didn’t have this review up by today. And hence I present to you: What Rhea comes up with in a review when there’s a serial killer standing over her shoulder.

Honestly, though, this novella wasn’t that bad. In fact it wasn’t bad at all. It was pretty damn good.

Maybe she can be like Cinderella and I’ll be her Prince Charming.

Daniel-our hero-is cute. Honestly the only word I could come up with for him is cute. He’s fun, a little crazy and he’s a teenager so it’s okay.

He is also a bit of a sap.

Her breath tastes like starburst and it makes me want to keep kissing her until I can identify every single flavor.

Ergo, sappy.

Here’s the thing. Daniel and Cinderella have a chance meeting in a maintenance closet all because their school administration apparently sucks at handing out schedules. But it’s not a normal meeting in a maintenance closet. It’s an extraordinary meeting(s) where the following happens:


Meeting #1:

A crying mess and general hate for the world


Making out for 15 minutes straight


Needless to say, Daniel is confused. He likes her, but he hasn’t even seen her. He doesn’t know her name, he doesn’t know what she looks like and yet, she’s nothing like he’s ever encountered before.

It hurts because I really want to know who this chick is but I know once I find out, I more than likely won’t want her like I want her right now.

And then, a week later, this happens:


Meeting #2:

A talk about leaving

Pretending to be in love

The sweetest conversation EVER

Pretend sex

A goodbye


And then a year goes by and Daniel is at his best friend’s (Dean Holder) girlfriend’s (Sky) place when he meets Six (yes, Six).

“Why exactly does your name sound familiar?” I ask her.

She shrugs. “I dunno. Maybe because six is a fairly common number? Either that or you’ve heard of what a raging whore I am.”

So, yeah. Six has a bit of a reputation but to Daniel – the guy who is absolutely BEWITCHED by Six – that’s fine. He doesn’t care.

I think what appealed to me most in this little book was Daniel’s sheer teenage awkwardity (Ladies and Gentlemen, a new word for you). There’s no harm in admitting that *Yes, I was a man-whore; Yes, I’m eighteen but I’ve screwed around a lot; Yes, I like you enough to change my ways for you.*

And now we can focus on the swoon. Finding Cinderella made me smile, a lot. Six and Daniel have an amazing chemistry, something that you just have to read to experience. It’s really cute.

“Ignore it all. I want to kiss you and I want you to want me to kiss you and I don’t really feel like waiting until I walk you to your porch tonight because I’ve never really wanted to kiss someone this much before.”

And this:

“I have no interest in faking disinterest,” I say. “If you want to call yourself my girlfriend half as much as I wish you would, then it would save me a whole lot of begging. Because I was literally about to drop to my knees and beg you.”

Imagine Daniel’s surprise when he realizes that Cinderella is Six. Six is Cinderella.

There is another major twist in the last two chapters. It’s completely unexpected and a lot of things about Six’s behavior become clear right then and there. The emotions that they both go through are understandable and a little sad and not exaggerated at all. And then the perfect HEA. Sigh.

Her eyes focus on mine and she takes both my hands, then laces her fingers through them. We stare at each other like we’ve done so many times before, but this time I feel it in every single part of me. I feel her in every part of me and the feeling is new and heavy and intense and I realize in this moment that we just became so much more together than we could ever possibly be alone.

Excuse me while I vomit rainbows.


Final Verdict: Refreshingly original and a great, quick read for those evenings when it’s just you and your e-reader. ★★★★


About the Author:


I love music. LOVE music. Namely The Avett Brothers, Lumineers, Pink, Eminem. I have eclectic taste? If you have any recommendations, send them my way!

I’m addicted to diet pepsi and could tell you in a taste-test which restaurant it came from. It’s a serious addiction, I tell you. 

I get stoked whenever I get a message from goodreads saying I have a new friend request…so request me, dangit! 

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5 thoughts on “Review: Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5) by Colleen Hoover

  1. Savannah Avila says:

    “Excuse me while I vomit rainbows.” I felt like I would had written this sentence, really.

    Totally agreed with you with this one,

    I have a doubt/question… why did her name sound familiar to him? They didn’t say their nicknames…


    • Rhea says:

      No they didn’t give out nicknames…BUT her name is Six. SIX! So he just casually asks her why her name is so familiar. Obviously Daniel does not know who she is at that point. And I love her comeback! Of course, her name is familiar. It’s familiar to every English speaking person on the planet! It’s a frikkin’ number for Christ sake!

      PS – Her real name is Seven. Jeez. I wouldn’t name my child Seven even if it was an Oops Baby 😛


    • Rhea says:

      PPS – I see that Finding Cinderella is an upcoming review on your blog. You have my complete permission to use that sentence 😀


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