I have wanted to read Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly for months. The unfortunate thing about this book is the fact that I’ve had several opportunities to get myself a copy and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Somehow, I always pass it up in favor of some other novel. It’s a trend that I know I need to stop at some point because this story just sounds so brilliant. Also, did anyone else notice how all the red is gathered at the tip of the shoe to represent the toe that she cut off to fit into Cinderella’s slipper? What a brilliant take on a cover!
Also, I’m sure many of you know that I’m a major sucker for Cinderella retellings (or retellings in general, really), so it’s not much of a surprise that this one is on my radar.
Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe … which is now filling with blood.
When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.
Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.
Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.
What are your thoughts on Stepsister? Is this a book you’re curious about? Interested in reading or nah? What do you think of the cover and incorporation of the Grimm fairytale? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! And happy reading to you all!