Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – October 3, 2000
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- Publisher : Turtleback Books (October 3, 2000)
- Language : English
- School & Library Binding : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0613621360
- ISBN-13 : 978-0613621366
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#22,505,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #111,263 in Mythology & Folk Tales (Books)
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In Confessions, the characters are well fleshed out, the scenery set so divinely, and the pacing precise. Maguire's impeccable use of language draws you fully into the story, hanging on every word.
I was quite startled by the ending, and felt it a little abrupt, but how could I be disappointed after such a magical book! Having a daughter with a disability, I found myself cheering for Ruth. I wish we could find out even more about her. I liked the art slant to the story. Iris held my heart, and Clara , my pity.
I wish the story could have gone on and on, as Wicked has. These are great characters that feel alive.
The story is similar to the original Cinderella story; however, the characters personas (for the most part) are all together different. One of the stepsisters is the "hero" in the story, while Cinderella is a spoiled, selfish brat. When she is reduced the ashes, I almost felt like cheering, she was such an annoying character.
The stepmother is pure evil. She is probably the best written character in this book as she is such a horrible person. I found myself wanting to know more and more about her... why was she such a horrid character. She gets her due in the end.
The story does improve near the end; however then the last few pages (or the epilogue) are so abrupt, I found myself asking.. "so that's it???"
It is an interesting read... just be ready to take some time to get through it.
Similarly to Wicked, this book mainly serves to humanize the villain of the original story. This one is a lot less fantastical though. It focuses a lot more on historical elements like the Dutch Renaissance and the tulip craze rather than fantasy elements. The story still follows a similar path as the original story, but not as many fantasy elements.
I enjoyed the story for the most part. It adds in a lot of new elements and storylines, like the stepfamily's relationship with the painter and the whole element of painting in general that weren't in the original. I like art and art history, so those additions really appealed to me.
The only big complaint I had about this, is the way it ends. It 'ends' pretty abruptly with a lot of plotlines still open ended. All the things that are still open ended are then explained in the epilogue. It just feels a little unfulfilling to have fairly big parts of the plot explained to you in an epilogue rather than actually 'see' them happen in a real chapter.
This is a very interesting novel. Although it does follow the basic Cinderella outline, it is so much more than a fairytale. Iris is by far the most interesting character in the book, and her constant observations about women's roles and beauty are the best parts of the book. "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" forces readers to reconsider the traditional roles of heroes and villains, good vs. evil, beauty and art, and the power of the family dynamic. If you're in the mood for a very untraditional novel, this is the one for you.
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My only complaint about this book is that it's written in the present tense; I found it confused me at various points when it came to the passage of time in the story. I find it easier to read in past-tense, but this is a small complaint for me. I'd happily recommend this book to anyone, whether you fond of Cinderella or not, You will enjoy this story.