Title: Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story
Author: Carolyn Turgeon
Publisher: Headline Review
Reading Level: Young Adult
Lil is an old woman who spends her days shelving rare books in a tiny Manhattan bookstore and lonely nights at home in her apartment. But Lil has an intriguing secret. Tucked and bound behind her back are white feathery wings-the only key to who she once was: the fairy godmother responsible for getting Cinderella
But on that fateful night, something went terribly and beautifully wrong. Lil allowed herself the unthinkable: to feel the emotions of human beings and fall in love with the prince herself, going to the ball in place of Cinderella
I didn't know what to rate this book. The cover would suggest a super fun fairytale. It is not as advertised. The beginning and middle lead you to believe the 'real' Cinderella Story would come forth and that it will be something romantic and magical. Nope. Not in this story. It was well written up until the ending. The plot wasn't going where I felt it should, and I do not agree with Cinderella slitting her wrists with her glass slipper. Um...not what should be in a fairytale...of ANY sort. I hated the ending. No I didn't just tell you the ending. You'll see. It was a weird and confusing ending. I am not sure what really happened and which world was real. I didn't like the ending at all. I enjoyed the book up until I was about 3/4 of the way through and the storyline was just twisting and turning where it shouldn't have gone. It was a more depressing book than a fairytale. I read to escape. Not to read about someone's problems.
" I stared at myself mesmerized. I had never looked at myself this way, in human form - I had only seen myself out of the corner of my eye, on the surface of a lake or in the sheen of ice clinging to bark. We were not supposed to see ourselves like this."