Cinderella’s Escape by Gita V. Reddy
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (111 pages)
Age Recommendation: 8+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Anna Maria lived with her stepmother Priscilla, and her stepsisters, Stella and Marcella.
Cinderella’s stepmother was no way as evil as Priscilla. Her stepsisters were a little less mean than Stella and Marcella.
Anna Maria did not live among cinders because there were no cinders. There were no mice and rabbits to play with either.
But there was a mystery to be solved and an escape to be made!
BRAINS + COURAGE = FREEDOM + HAPPINESS
Breaking free requires courage and the ability to never give up. Will Anna Maria have what it takes to make it?
One of the things I liked the most about Anna Maria was how hard she worked to solve her problems. There’s a difference between realizing that you’re in an unfair situation and assuming that there’s nothing you can do to change it. Seeing Anna Maria refuse to give up even when it seemed like there was no way she could succeed her made me like her even more than I originally did.
There were several plot holes that I found distracting. I would have liked to see some sort of explanation for them because the narrator had spent so much time dancing around them earlier on. To me, the answers to these questions were by far the most interesting part of the plot, so it was disappointing to not know more about what happened in those scenes. Had the narrator told me how certain things played out, I would have given this story a much higher rating.
The descriptions of the main character’s appearance and surroundings were so detailed. I especially enjoyed it when Anna Maria remembered what her life was like before she moved in with her stepmother. Her memories of those years were really vivid considering how young she was when everything in her life changed. Reading these descriptions was a highlight of the book for me.
I’d recommend Cinderella’s Escape to anyone who likes modern retellings of classic fairy tales.