Review: Sincerely Cinderella by Kelsie Stelting
I appreciate what Sincerely Cinderella was attempting to do. It's a loose retelling of Cinderella and the author wanted to make it inclusive; which is understandable. I applaud the author for that.
However, there are times where Sincerely Cinderella fails were it should succeed.
The book centers around Cindy. After a tragic accident, her life is turned upside down and she is left blind. In addition, she gets sent to live with her terrible aunt and cousins. Eventually, she gets a pen pal named Jett. And that's the only thing keeping her afloat.
I hadn't expected this book to be so dark. Cindy can not catch a break. This book is only roughly around 120 pages and it was literally back to back horrible events happening in Cindy's life.
This girl definitely deserved a happy ending.
Unfortunately, I'm not quite sure if that happy ended needed to be with Jett. Separately, I appreciated the two characters. But together I felt like a spark was missing.
Like mentioned previously, this is a very short book. And all of the problems, could be credited to the length. The author had good threads started but they were never fully developed. They felt rushed. And one particular twist was completely unnecessary. I understand wanting to have a big major conflict, but the "twist" felt a little extreme. Especially, since it was another example of someone being completely uncaring of Cindy's feelings.
Sincerely Cinderella attempts to make strides in a modern retelling of Cinderella. Unfortunately, it lacks development in several of the elements of the book.