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Charlie Glass's Slippers: A Very Modern Fairytale Paperback – 5 Aug 2014

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A modern fairy tale 5 Aug 2014
By Liviania - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This modern update of Cinderella positions Charlie Glass as the inheritor of a luxury women's shoe company with multiple desirable suitors. Charlie's life didn't always go so well. She left school and her dreams in order to care for her terminally ill father. She was overweight, and struggled with being positive about her body. Her stepmother was cruel and her half sisters selfish.

I am a sucker for retold fairytales, and I liked the way Holly McQueen updated Cinderella in CHARLIE GLASS'S SLIPPERS. Charlie's struggle with her body and appearance was more compelling than an effortlessly beautiful heroine. Her sudden windfall is her chance to become thinner and blonder (with an intensive fat camp), but her new attention to everything she eats and intense exercise doesn't really make her that much happier. I liked her half sisters quite a bit. The younger one is a model, quite silly in a bit of a sad way, but mostly tries to be sweet to her sister when she isn't jealous. The older one has her own family and is dedicated to her career, without much use for Charlie until she comes to respect her. The sisters aren't the nicest, but they aren't totally awful and they have feelings about family.

As for the two men in Charlie's life, I liked that McQueen didn't make it as simple as Prince Charming just happening to hold a ball. Both men have their good points and bad points. In fact, I didn't like her old crush Freddie at first because of how he failed to communicate with Charlie, but he grew on me. Her new boyfriend is sexy, generous, and really into her, but a bit shallow. I believed I knew which way things were going, but I was a bit surprised.

McQueen also throws a cold case murder mystery into the mix, which seemed a bit much at times. It tied into Charlie's past, her recent grief over her father's death and her mixed emotions since he mostly left her alone after her mother's death. Her mother died in a hit and run, and Charlie and the lead detective (Freddie's father) never give up hope of finding her killer. It added a darkness to the frothy tone of CHARLIE GLASS'S SLIPPERS.

If you're looking for chicklit with a fairytale bent, you might try CHARLIE GLASS'S SLIPPERS. It's characters have surprising dimension, and it tackles some surprisingly tough topics (if with a light touch). I really liked Charlie, with her struggles to maintain her closest friendship amidst change, find true love, and rejuvenate her company.
this book had me with a) its wonderful cover and b) the fact that its chick lit ... 22 Aug 2014
By Tina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Okay, first off, this book had me with a) its wonderful cover and b) the fact that its chick lit and is proud of it!!!

Unfortunately, the genre has really gotten a beating in the last few years and I am just so happy that some authors have not decided to "jump ship" but rather, continue to write amazing stories in the genre.

Charlie Glass's Slippers is a new and chick "litty" take on the Cinderella story and I loved it.

Charlie has had a rough life, including a sick parent and serious body image issues. However, she gets "lucky" and comes into some $ - this is her chance, with this money her life will become what she wants it to be and now, she can get slim and everything will be perfect.

While I loved the fluffier parts of this story, I really engaged in the back story - the one where Charlie finds out that life is not neat and perfect if you get rich and slim - in fact, it doesn't fix what is hurting inside.

Told with voice that makes you want to embrace Charlie, I found myself hoping that Charlie would actually decide NOT to end up in a relationship and to keep discovering who she is and how strong she can be on her own.

The writing was fun and engaging and unlike many novels I have read in the recent past, does not fall flat with too many boring details.

This book is written for all lovers of chick lit - yes! but also for anyone who has always wondered if it is greener on the other side (watch what you ask for, you might get it!).
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Holly McQueen has taken one of my favorite fairy tales and created a wonderful modern day story 6 Aug 2014
By Sandra K. Stiles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Holly McQueen has taken one of my favorite fairy tales and created a wonderful modern day story. Let me tell you some of the things that made this really stand out in my mind. First we have Charlie which is short for Charlotte. She is the plump member of the family. She gets walked on by her sisters. She is a peacemaker. She is not exactly a fashionista. Her sister Gaby is all show and about as snooty and uppity as they come. Robyn tries to put on airs. She definitely has some problems. She’s just come back from getting help from having a break down.

Charlie has a small dinner and ends up trying to keep peace the entire time. When two of the guests, one of whom was not originally invited complain they can’t eat the food and order food in, she takes it in stride. She is definitely someone who needs to stand up to others. I love that she considers her step-mother the “Ice Queen”, “High Priestess of Mordor”, She Who Must Not Be Named.” It gives us an idea of what she thinks of the woman. Something else unique about this story is the way she became Charlie’s step-mother. Charlie’s father was married to Gabby and Robyn’s mother. They got a divorce and later he married Charlie’s mom and they had her. Charlie’s mom died when she was run over and Charlie went to live with her Step-family. She was always considered lowly because her mother was a domestic and not high society like her step-mother. Charlie’s step mom is so verbally abusive to her. In front of other people she tries to put on a good act. I believe that is one reason I really could not stand her. I took great pleasure in learning Charlie’s dad had left 51% of the shares to her because she had given up her own life to take care of him, while the other members of his family only took from him.

Revenge might not be what Charlie set out to get when she takes a leave and comes back with a new look and a new idea for moving the business forward. That is exactly what she gets.

I loved the book. The characters were so well developed that you could not help loving some and really despising others. I really look forward to reading anything else this author puts out. I would highly recommend this book with a lot of quirky twists. It is one you have to sit and read cover to cover.

I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
A bit disappointing 26 Aug 2014
By M. Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Book was disappointing. It seemed to drag in places. I was hoping for a bit more. I am a Jennifer Weiner fan so I expected this to be funnier. It was a bit silly. She shimmies down the drainpipe which seems impossible.

But I did finish it
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