- File Size: 1292 KB
- Print Length: 327 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1976031958
- Publisher: Kindle Press (August 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072QBG426
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This story has the familiar elements of the traditional Cinderella story--the awful stepmother and stepsisters, the guy who doesn't know who she is, a "ball" or in this case a school dance and even locking her in a version of a tower aka an attic.
I liked Isabella and felt sorry for her from the start. She's just trying to get through her senior year of high school so she can move far away and go to college to study art. After school she works in the art gallery that used to be her father's, then goes home to paint, which is her passion and her escape.
She and "the prince" or hero of the story meet because of an accidental cell phone mix up. They get to know each other via texting and because she refuses to tell Chase her name he calls her Five. I liked Chase--he had his own issues to deal with at home--his mom wants him to become a famous actor but that's not what he wants. He was kind and saw Isabella for what she was--a smart, talented young woman. Unlike her stepsister who was chasing after him.
Isabella's web of little untruths gets tangled when the physics teacher pairs her and Chase for a physics project. Chase likes Five but also starts to like Isabella after spending time with her while they work on their project. I was interested to see how long it would take Chase to figure out his texting/phone buddy, Five, and his physics partner, Isabella, were the same person.
Of course I didn't like the "stepclan" as Isabella called her stepmother and stepsisters. They were all selfish and self absorbed, ignoring her and treating her cruelly in her own home, which was hers before it was theirs.
The last chapter kind of surprised me because it seemed a little over the top. I figured the stepmother would get caught and she and her daughters would get what was coming to them, but I didn't think she would get that desperate. Although I consider this a YA book I really enjoyed the story and will likely read other books by this author.
I love the Charming character, too. Chase. He's Mr. Popular, but not Mr. Jerkface. He's kind, if a little wrapped up in his own world at first, and smart. A good kid with real problems.
The language is believable, between teens, and the texts add a lot of fun to the dialog between characters.
If I had just one complaint, it would be just the touch of snarky attitude toward traditional high school stereotypes. You only get a line or two with this going on. During the part where our character hopes the cheerleaders fail in their performance. :-(
Overall, a really enjoyable book. I finished it in an evening. Stayed up too late and everything. If you love Cinderella retellings and clean YA romance, this is perfect for you.
In other words: I expected a simplistic, predictable plot, and I would have been okay with that.
Within just a few pages, I realized this wasn't a "cookie cutter" story. In fact, this is a delightful, nuanced romance. It's skillfully told with an authentic voice, too.
The romance is wonderful. The switch between her point of view and his... it's seamless.
The characters face several believable, real-life challenges that teens will identify with. Sometimes, both the teens and the adults take risks, as well. That contributes to the realism of this tale. And, the story includes several twists and turns that make this a page-turner. (Last night, I'd planned to read another chapter or two, but the book was so well-written, I couldn't put it down until I'd finished the very last page.)
The drama ramps up significantly towards the climax. For adults, this may stretch credibility. In the YA context, I think it works. (After all, this IS fiction... and a charming story, as well.)
Parents should know: the romantic chemistry builds gradually to a sizzling level BUT this remains a "clean & wholesome" story, suitable to young teens. (As an adult, I found this refreshing.)
This was the first Lieske book I've read, and -- based on how much I enjoyed this book -- I'm eager to read more of her fairy tale inspired romances.
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