If the Shoe Fits

Disney-Hyperion. (Meant to Be). Aug. 2021. 304p. Tr $26.99. ISBN 9781368050388; pap. $15.99. ISBN 9781368053372.
In this charming and modern retelling of Cinderella, Murphy hits the mark again with a body-positive novel that makes everyone feel included (shout-out to correct nonbinary pronoun usage). The book is filled to the brim with one-liners that will make teens and adults alike laugh out loud (or at least grunt in appreciation). Readers will almost immediately feel like they are friends with Cindy, the orphaned-recent-fashion-school-grad-turned-reality-TV-star and share a mutual hatred for the mean girl, Addison. In classic reality TV dating show fashion, there are tons of side-eye glances and catty situations that mostly make the suitor, Henry, shine even brighter. The lens of fashion as art gives the book a broader reader audience. An atypical family dynamic, with a widowed stepmom, stepsisters, and half-sibling triplets, may seem complicated, but seamlessly comes together, pun intended.
VERDICT With a lot more depth than a typical love story, from fashion references to art and questions about fate, this novel can be added to the shelves of high school and public libraries with fans of Murphy’s Dumplin’, reality TV, or fashion.

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