Title: The Cinderella Moment
Author: Jennifer Kloester
Genre: YA contemporary
Length: 304 pages
Published by: Penguin
Source: school library
Angel Moncoeur has always wanted to be a fashion designer, but without money or connections, it’s going to be a challenge. When an opportunity to leave her home in New York and head to Paris appears, Angel grabs it – even if it means masquerading as her best friend Lily. That can’t be too hard, can it?
But faking things doesn’t come easy for Angel, so when she falls in love with her very own Prince Charming and he thinks she’s someone else, things start to get complicated.
Angel needs to stop her secrets unravelling if she wants to live happily ever after . . .
This book made me happy.
I love when this happens – when you don’t have to concentrate too hard on the flaws, because it’s just so darn entertaining. The whole time I was reading this, it felt like the book version of my favourite chick flick. I could imagine everything – the writing was so detailed and descriptions were so well done that the pages flipped by quicker than I could keep track of. And there were flaws – some of the book wasn’t realistic, there were over-dramatic parts, and some of the plot points were a bit TOO convenient.
But I loved it despite all that.
Also, I kept thinking about Barbie in a Fashion Fairytale, because I actually really like Barbie movies and this one was definitely applicable. Angel, the main character, is a teen fashion designer trying to follow her dream.
The parallels to Cinderella were lovely – you’ve got the mean step-mother and step-sister, as well as the Godmother and the running away and the DRESS. Okay, there was more than one. So the incorporation of the original story added another element to a story that’s already so much fun. Basing the whole book around fashion was also a nice touch, because I haven’t read too much on the subject before.
Disclaimer: I have no idea what’s fashionable.
My wardrobe basically consists of jeans, jumpers and T-shirts. But I can be girly occasionally. And the descriptions of all the dresses in this books were SO lovely – I could picture them really easily and I wanted to basically dive into the book so I could wear them. And swish them. Swishing dresses is fun, okay?
On to characters. So Angel is our MC, and she’s lovely. The premise of the book, right, is that she and her friend Lily do an identity swap so that Angel can go to Paris, while Lily can go to the London Drama Academy. So Angel pretends to be the granddaughter of the Comtesse, since Lily hasn’t seen her since she was five or something. Angel’s very sweet and often shy, sometimes naive – but she wants to follow her dream, and I could relate to her so well.
Then we have Lily, who seemed headstrong and vivacious and generally just an awesome friend. She kind of pushes Angel into the whole identity-swap thing, but she’s always there for Angel.
Of course, there’s also Nick, the love interest in this particular book – he’s funny, charming and not too serious, and I think he and Angel’s friendship was really nice.
Finally there’s the Comtesse, Lily’s grandmother, who can be a bit of an ice queen but softens up very quickly. I loved her interactions with Angel about fashion.
Apart from Margot and Clarissa (boooooo), all the characters were really likeable. There was even a side character called Kitty who I really liked – she wasn’t your standard definition of beautiful, but Angel knows enough about fashion that any dress she chooses will transform the wearer into a belle fille.
(see the French? That’s right, everyone. I know ALL the French words)
There’s something I really like about books with rich characters. I have no idea why. I guess I can live vicariously through descriptions of beautiful dresses, food and did I mention the dresses? Plus, there was a really nice family element to this book. I’ll admit some of it was a little cliched, but sometimes that’s okay, you know? And the ending just made me want to squeal with delight.
Basically? You want to read this book. And if, like me, you read it while wearing pyjamas, you’ll probably question your fashion choices.
This is a marvellous, fun read that could easily be a movie. But it’s not just about the pretty dresses – it’s about following your dreams, the importance of family, the importance of love.
And I loved every minute of it.