StepsisterBook - 2019 | First edition.
into the heart of familiar fairy tale. Isabelle [is] a shattered but not unreedemable girl with a warrior's heart." -- Booklist , starred review
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Don't just fracture the fairy tale. Shatter it.
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 cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella's shoe . . . which is now filling with blood.
Isabelle tried to fit in. She cut away pieces of herself in order to become pretty. Sweet. More like Cinderella. But that only made her mean, jealous, and hollow. Now she has a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.
Evoking the darker, original version of the Cinderella story, Stepsister shows us that ugly is in the eye of the beholder, and uses Jennifer Donnelly's trademark wit and wisdom to send an overlooked character on a journey toward empowerment, redemption . . . and a new definition of beauty.
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What if everyone planned for a future you choose not to live?
I’ve been a reading jag lately – looking for “Feminist Fantasy” books. Fortunately, this appears to be a growing genre, and “Stepsister” fits the bill perfectly. The story begins where “Cinderella” ends – the beautiful sister gets the Prince, a castle, a happily-ever-after.
But, what happened to the two “ugly stepsisters” of the story.
This is where “Stepsister” takes a different turn, creating an alternative story for the two sisters, Octavia and Isabelle. They pale in comparison to the always kind, sweet, long-suffering and beautiful Ella. They have made themselves into the kind of woman society demands they be, at the cruel command of their over-bearing mother. Yet, that doesn’t fit for Isabelle anymore.
As fate and chance fight over the plight of the “ugly stepsisters” Isabelle tries to save her family, find her way and create a new life. She fights for her dignity inch-by-inch, with no help from anyone, until an old friend returns to the village.
All stories are about change, and “Stepsister” shows us that even when we are judged to be one thing, we can always find a way to honestly access our own power to find our dreams.
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