Book Title: Cinderfella
Author: Xavier Neal
Genre: New Adult
Number of Pages: 180
Publisher: Entertwine Publishing
Date: May 22 – May 23 2016
[T]he most important thing […] is that life is about living. About being happy.
I started reading this book mainly because it is short, and I needed something quick, with a little emotional challenge. That’s exactly what I got.
The sad thing is that I believed this story. It could have been non-fiction just as well. From Connor’s past and bad neighbourhood to Gianna’s abuse and self-destructing career. It was real, sometimes too real and sometimes not real enough.
The blurb of this book doesn’t say half of what this book is about, it is so much more. At first, I thought this was going to be a sweet little story about two opposites that find together by being forced together in their theatre class. But there are hardly any scenes in drama class (actually, there really was only one scene that made me believe the characters’ skills and knowledge), but Connor wasn’t just a poor boy who falls in love with the “wrong” girl, and Gianna has so much more to deal with than being snotty, rich and popular. There is so much more behind his being a loner in holey clothes and her being a stuck-up princess who doesn’t know about correct human interaction. While I thing that I got a pretty good picture of the two, I still would have loved more – even if that meant reading more about people going off the deep end.
The first note I made about this book is that it brought me right into the melting pot. I am from Germany, I learned about the melting pot in school, but I really don’t know anything like it first-hand from my own, every day experiences. The TV shows and films that make it over the pond are mostly, well, white. Same goes with books – or are these just generally better known? Or are other authors less vocal about skin colour? Whichever it is, I enjoyed finally reading a book like that.
I liked the writing style a lot, though I wouldn’t have minded a bit more editing. Sometimes it just felt a little awkward and not quite round. Is it self-published? Anyway, the writing was just right for this kind of quick read. Capturing, pleasant, right for the few hours you spend reading the book.
Though I like that this is a good and very real account of the life of the American teenager, I must also add that I am so very shocked at how some people have to live, how careless some people are about their lives and the other people in their lives. That is probably what touched me most about this. The mysteries hidden behind a castle-like home or a calm exterior. But with all of these pasts and secrets, the main characters had a chance to have a wonderful learning curve.
Yes, I really enjoyed reading this book, for many different reasons. I could hardly put it down until I was finally done. And then it was too soon.
Idea: 4 Stars
Plot Development: 4 Stars
Pace: 3 Stars
Characters: 4 Stars
Quality of Writing: 3 Stars
Ease of Reading: 4 Stars
Insightfulness: 4 Stars
Cover/Photos/Illustrations: 3 Stars
Enjoyability/Personal Rating: 3 Stars
General Rating: 4 Stars