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Stepsister

Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A startling, fiercely feminist re-imagining of Cinderella from the best-selling, award-winning author Jennifer Donnelly. 

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.

©2019 Jennifer Donnelly (P)2019 Scholastic Inc.

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Just Wonderful!

This is one of the most outstanding stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to! Halfway through the Audible book, I logged into Amazon and bought the hardcover for my library. Now, I want to buy a copy for every teenage girl I know!

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What a precious story.

The Skinny:
After losing a few of her toes, and a failed attempt at marrying Prince Charming, Isabelle encounters Cinderella's fairy Godmother, who tasks her with finding the lost pieces of her heart in order for her wish of being beautiful to be granted. Unbeknownst to Isabelle, there are far more important reasons to make her heart whole again. Chance is warring with Fate to change her future and save her from an untimely demise, but time is not on her side.

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Going in, I had no idea what an impact this book would have on me. I never thought I'd root for Cinderella's ugly stepsisters either; Donnelly did a fine job of reinventing those two girls into something of beauty, but not the superficial kind. Isabelle's journey to find the lost pieces of her heart is one that touched and warmed my own, leaving prints in it forever. It deftly paints the magic and beauty of the human heart and delivers an empowering message. I can't love it enough.

Bottom line: Stop reading this and buy your copy already!

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Every girl should hear this story!

The dark inspirational story of what happens after the happily ever after for Cinderella. I laughed & cried, my heart broke and mended again. This is a story for those who have felt like they can never measure up to societies idealism of beauty but that you find your happieness by being your true you.

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A wonderful new twist to an old story, I Loved It!

I really enjoyed the narrator. she kept my attention and breathless hanging on her words. Well done! I will read again and recommended to friends.

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Every Little Girl Needs This Book

Wonderful story that inspired and encouraged me. The moral of the story reminds me of Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I recommend this book to every girl struggling to find herself outside of a box that everyone tries to stuff her into.

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  • skgo
  • Denver, CO
  • 06-09-19

Fantastic retelling

Engaging and clever retelling of the Cinderella story. Full of magic and romance and adventure.

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  • AJW84
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 05-30-19

amazing! Jennifer Donnelly has done it again

This was the best fiction book I've listened to in a long time! I was so into the story I finished it in two days. It contains just the right mix of magical, evil and female empowerment we need more of. I really hope they make a movie