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#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover writes a free novella about the search for happily ever after.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up ...
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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover writes a free novella about the search for happily ever after.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. But Daniel soon realizes that fairytales don’t exist, and unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476771434
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 10/14/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,411
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, Finding Cinderella, and Ugly Love. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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Enjoy a sneak peak from Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestseller Maybe Someday1.TWO WEEKS EARLIERSydney
I slide open my balcony door and step outside, thankful that the sun has already dipped behind the building next door, cooling the air to what could pass as a perfect fall temperature. Almost on cue, the sound of his guitar floats across the courtyard as I take a seat and lean back into the patio lounger. I tell Tori I come out here to get homework done, because I don’t want to admit that the guitar is the only reason I’m outside every night at eight, like clockwork.

For weeks now, the guy in the apartment across the courtyard has sat on his balcony and played for at least an hour. Every night, I sit outside and listen.

I’ve noticed a few other neighbors come out to their balconies when he’s playing, but no one is as loyal as I am. I don’t understand how someone could hear these songs and not crave them day after day. Then again, music has always been a passion of mine, so maybe I’m just a little more infatuated with his sound than other people are. I’ve played the piano for as long as I can remember, and although I’ve never shared it with anyone, I love writing music. I even switched my major to music education two years ago. My plan is to be an elementary music teacher, although if my father had his way, I’d still be prelaw.

“A life of mediocrity is a waste of a life,” he said when I informed him that I was changing my major.

A life of mediocrity. I find that more amusing than insulting, since he seems to be the most dissatisfied person I’ve ever known. And he’s a lawyer. Go figure.

One of the familiar songs ends and the guy with the guitar begins to play something he’s never played before. I’ve grown accustomed to his unofficial playlist since he seems to practice the same songs in the same order night after night. However, I’ve never heard him play this particular song before. The way he’s repeating the same chords makes me think he’s creating the song right here on the spot. I like that I’m witnessing this, especially since after only a few chords, it’s already my new favorite. All his songs sound like originals. I wonder if he performs them locally or if he just writes them for fun.

I lean forward in the chair, rest my arms on the edge of the balcony, and watch him. His balcony is directly across the courtyard, far enough away that I don’t feel weird when I watch him but close enough that I make sure I’m never watching him when Hunter’s around. I don’t think Hunter would like the fact that I’ve developed a tiny crush on this guy’s talent.

I can’t deny it, though. Anyone who watches how passionately this guy plays would crush on his talent. The way he keeps his eyes closed the entire time, focusing intently on every stroke against every guitar string. I like it best when he sits cross-legged with the guitar upright between his legs. He pulls it against his chest and plays it like a stand-up bass, keeping his eyes closed the whole time. It’s so mesmerizing to watch him that sometimes I catch myself holding my breath, and I don’t even realize I’m doing it until I’m gasping for air.

It also doesn’t help that he’s cute. At least, he seems cute from here. His light brown hair is unruly and moves with him, falling across his forehead every time he looks down at his guitar. He’s too far away to distinguish eye color or distinct features, but the details don’t matter when coupled with the passion he has for his music. There’s a confidence to him that I find compelling. I’ve always admired musicians who are able to tune out everyone and everything around them and pour all of their focus into their music. To be able to shut the world off and allow yourself to be completely swept away is something I’ve always wanted the confidence to do, but I just don’t have it.

This guy has it. He’s confident and talented. I’ve always been a sucker for musicians, but more in a fantasy way. They’re a different breed. A breed that rarely makes for good boyfriends.

He glances at me as if he can hear my thoughts, and then a slow grin appears across his face. He never once pauses the song while he continues to watch me. The eye contact makes me blush, so I drop my arms and pull my notebook back onto my lap and look down at it. I hate that he just caught me staring so hard. Not that I was doing anything wrong; it just feels odd for him to know I was watching him. I glance up again, and he’s still watching me, but he’s not smiling anymore. The way he’s staring causes my heart to speed up, so I look away and focus on my notebook.

Way to be a creeper, Sydney.

“There’s my girl,” a comforting voice says from behind me. I lean my head back and tilt my eyes upward to watch Hunter as he makes his way onto the balcony. I try to hide the fact that I’m shocked to see him, because I’m pretty sure I was supposed to remember he was coming.

On the off chance that Guitar Boy is still watching, I make it a point to seem really into Hunter’s hello kiss so that maybe I’ll seem less like a creepy stalker and more like someone just casually relaxing on her balcony. I run my hand up Hunter’s neck as he leans over the back of my chair and kisses me upside down.

“Scoot up,” Hunter says, pushing on my shoulders. I do what he asks and slide forward in the seat as he lifts his leg over the chair and slips in behind me. He pulls my back against his chest and wraps his arms around me.

My eyes betray me when the sound of the guitar stops abruptly, and I glance across the courtyard once more. Guitar Boy is eyeing us hard as he stands, then goes back inside his apartment. His expression is odd. Almost angry.

“How was school?” Hunter asks.

“Too boring to talk about. What about you? How was work?”

“Interesting,” he says, brushing my hair away from my neck with his hand. He presses his lips to my neck and kisses his way down my collarbone.

“What was so interesting?”

He tightens his hold on me, then rests his chin on my shoulder and pulls me back in the chair with him. “The oddest thing happened at lunch,” he says. “I was with one of the guys at this Italian restaurant. We were eating out on the patio, and I had just asked the waiter what he recommended for dessert, when a police car rounded the corner. They stopped right in front of the restaurant, and two officers jumped out with their guns drawn. They began barking orders toward us when our waiter mumbled, ‘Shit.’ He slowly raised his hands, and the police jumped the barrier to the patio, rushed toward him, threw him to the ground, and cuffed him right at our feet. After they read him his rights, they pulled him to his feet and escorted him toward the cop car. The waiter glanced back at me and yelled, ‘The tiramisu is really good!’ Then they put him in the car and drove away.”

I tilt my head back and look up at him. “Seriously? That really happened?”

He nods, laughing. “I swear, Syd. It was crazy.”

“Well? Did you try the tiramisu?”

“Hell, yeah, we did. It was the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.” He kisses me on the cheek and pushes me forward. “Speaking of food, I’m starving.” He stands up and holds out his hand to me. “Did you cook tonight?”

I take his hand and let him pull me up. “We just had salad, but I can make you one.”

Once we’re inside, Hunter takes a seat on the couch next to Tori. She’s got a textbook spread open across her lap as she halfheartedly focuses on both homework and TV at the same time. I take out the containers from the fridge and make his salad. I feel a little guilty that I forgot tonight was one of the nights he said he was coming. I usually have something cooked when I know he’ll be here.

We’ve been dating for almost two years now. I met him during my sophomore year in college, when he was a senior. He and Tori had been friends for years. After she moved into my dorm and we became friends, she insisted I meet him. She said we’d hit it off, and she was right. We made it official after only two dates, and things have been wonderful since.

Of course, we have our ups and downs, especially since he moved more than an hour away. When he landed the job in the accounting firm last semester, he suggested I move with him. I told him no, that I really wanted to finish my undergrad before taking such a huge step. In all honesty, I’m just scared.

The thought of moving in with him seems so final, as if I would be sealing my fate. I know that once we take that step, the next step is marriage, and then I’d be looking at never having the chance to live alone. I’ve always had a roommate, and until I can afford my own place, I’ll be sharing an apartment with Tori. I haven’t told Hunter yet, but I really want to live alone for a year. It’s something I promised myself I would do before I got married. I don’t even turn twenty-two for a couple of weeks, so it’s not as if I’m in any hurry.

I take Hunter’s food to him in the living room.

“Why do you watch this?” he says to Tori. “All these women do is talk shit about each other and flip tables.”

“That’s exactly why I watch it,” Tori says, without taking her eyes off the TV.

Hunter winks at me and takes his food, then props his feet up on the coffee table. “Thanks, babe.” He turns toward the TV and begins eating. “Can you grab me a beer?”

I nod and walk back into the kitchen. I open the refrigerator door and look on the shelf where he always keeps his extra beer. I realize as I’m staring at “his” shelf that this is probably how it begins. First, he has a shelf in the refrigerator. Then he’ll have a toothbrush in the bathroom, a drawer in my dresser, and eventually, his stuff will infiltrate mine in so many ways it’ll be impossible for me ever to be on my own.

I run my hands up my arms, rubbing away the sudden onset of discomfort washing over me. I feel as if I’m watching my future play out in front of me. I’m not so sure I like what I’m imagining.

Am I ready for this?

Am I ready for this guy to be the guy I bring dinner to every night when he gets home from work?

Am I ready to fall into this comfortable life with him? One where I teach all day and he does people’s taxes, and then we come home and I cook dinner and I “grab him beers” while he props his feet up and calls me babe, and then we go to our bed and make love at approximately nine P.M. so we won’t be tired the next day, in order to wake up and get dressed and go to work and do it all over again?

“Earth to Sydney,” Hunter says. I hear him snap his fingers twice. “Beer? Please, babe?”

I quickly grab his beer, give it to him, then head straight to my bathroom. I turn the water on in the shower, but I don’t get in. Instead, I lock the door and sink to the floor.

We have a good relationship. He’s good to me, and I know he loves me. I just don’t understand why every time I think about a future with him, it’s not an exciting thought.

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    I found a wonderful and enchanting story with this book. it

    I found a wonderful and enchanting story with this book. it is only 92 pages on my tablet
    and I was surprised at how

    it drew me in.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who want a great short read.I hope the author gives me more of her books

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Colleen Hoover Is GENIUS! I loved this Novella!!!. I wish it w

    Colleen Hoover Is GENIUS! I loved this Novella!!!. I wish it would have been a whole book. So thankful that Colleen took to time to give this gift to us. LOVE these characters! Impatiently awaiting the arrival of her next book. READ THIS!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    I could have read many many many more pages about Six and Daniel

    I could have read many many many more pages about Six and Daniel.  Great book!  What a treat.  Thank you Colleen for this.  They have a beautiful story and feel blessed you shared it with us.  I see them so happy  and living there life together.  Love all your books.  You are an amazing author!!!  Keep writing so we can all keep reading.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    So cute

    This book I just so cute. I highly recommend it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    WOW! I had not read any of Colleen Hoover's books before - but

    WOW! I had not read any of Colleen Hoover's books before - but i certainly will be reading all of them in the very near future!!
    Thank you Colleen!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    No point

    This book was inapropet and stupid. I felt gulity after readin 20 pgs. Dont waist your time

    5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    I have mixed feelings about the current "novella" tren

    I have mixed feelings about the current "novella" trend in fiction. Shorter works featuring secondary
    characters from a successful full-length novel or covering a discrete span of time before/after the action
    of the original can make sense from both a creative and a marketing standpoint. Problem is the novella
     is a specific prose form that isn't always easy to carry off. Longer than a short story, shorter than a novel,
     it requires careful plotting to get the pacing right. Stuff too much into it and the reader will likely feel
    rushed and disoriented. Provide too little content and they wonder what the point of the exercise was
    other than to make a few more bucks for the writer.

    With FINDING CINDERELLA author Colleen Hoover gives us a glass slipper that fits. 

    The story focuses on one specific story line--the coming together of Six and Daniel, secondary
    characters from Hoover's popular HOPELESS and LOSING HOPE. Setting aside the
    would-it-really-happen factor, Daniel has an intimate encounter with a classmate in a school
    maintenance closet. It isn't a truly anonymous situation, there's an emotional connection beforehand,
    but circumstances don't allow Daniel to explore it. The girl tells him she's leaving the school.  

    Fast-forward about a year, Daniel meets Six. She's the best friend of his best friend's girl. Six spent the
    previous school year in Italy. Hoover lets us know that it wasn't a good year for Six. This early
    foreshadowing is the main reason the piece works as a novella. Without it the big reveal at the end
    would be pure melodrama. Instead, we watch Daniel and Six come together knowing full well that
    she's Cinderella and never expecting the final twist that will threaten their relationship, a complication
    that works because it is based in that initial encounter. This is tight plotting.

    Does Daniel resonate as a character for me? No. He's jaded and man-whorish. Bad enough qualities
     in a grownup. Unconvincing in a young person from a basically decent family--no history of parental
    abuse or addiction or any other trauma to account for it. Speaking of parents, I also don't buy the
    progressive parenting that riddles this particular neighborhood. It struck me as too author-engineered.
    Yet, I did like FINDING CINDERELLA and plan to check out the full-length novels Hoover drew from.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Awesome

    There are not enough words to describe amazing... colleen hoover is a writing genius! Cant get enough of her stories, I always want more.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Dear Colleen Hoover: you are amazing! I have not yet read one of

    Dear Colleen Hoover: you are amazing! I have not yet read one of your books that I did not love.

    In Hopeless and Losing Hope, we get a few glimpses at Holden's best friend Daniel and Sky's best friend Six. While I honestly never gave much thought to Six, I loved Daniel and his sense of humor. So I was really looking forward to their story. Finding Cinderella is a novella about the journey of Daniel and Six from an anonymous school closet encounter to friendship and love. When they officially meet one year after their rendezvous, they don't understand how they can feel such an intense connection so quickly. They are so good together and I loved their back and forth banter. Daniel is absolutely hilarious, as is his family that we meet. When they finally figure out who the other is, there are some heartbreaking moments and painful truths revealed. I wanted nothing more for them to work it out and get the happily ever after they deserve.

    This is another gem from Colleen Hoover. Fans of her Hopeless series will absolutely love it. And a big huge thanks to her for making it FREE! So go grab it and enjoy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Good, quick read but a little disturbing too

    Who was this book written for? I'm an adult so reading about high school juniors having sex in school was gross. If it's written for teenagers then I think it's too nonchalant of an attitude about having sex with so my people. The language was not needed in several places & who speaks to their parents like that and gets away wih it? Is it common for teenage girls to be allowed to have boyfriends in their bedrooms all the time like this book suggests? Also itt seems strange that his parents are so open about him having sex and even joke that they he's not getting any because he's taking cold showers every night.
    I couldn't put the book down. Yet I was creeped out by it and don't think I'd ever recommend it to anyone...I can't think of a single adult friend I'd recommend it to and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to my teenage nieces.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Love it!!!

    Amazing short story!!! Hope to read so much more about Daniel and Six!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    TOO MUCH SWEARING

    This may have been a great - 5 star - read except for the swearing. All the swearing made it dull.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Dont read

    I would put no stars, but i cant, in the beggining it is really inapropraiate!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2014

    I'd probably skip this one had I known.

    Two slightly strange teenagers and a story that seems to be disjointed. Not terrible, but not particularly good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Anonymous

    I HATE THIS BOOK SO FREAKING MUCH!!!!!!! THIS IS THE WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER FREAKING READ!!!!! IT SUCKS!!!!
    HATE=LOVE
    WORST=BEST
    SUCKS=ROCKS
    Haha I tricked you guys....... you thought I was serious lol :-)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Just Amazing.

    I love reading romances. In most books they dont take the time for you to really make you fall in love with the characters love, you end up just likeling them. But this book made you not just like the main charaters but made you fall in love right beside the main characters. In this book you couldnt help but laugh, smile, and stare at the screen/page in shook. It also made your heart break and your hear mend. This book may not be the longest but definitely worth the time! Cant wait to read another one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Young love

    Short and sweet, this is a love-at-first-sight type story wrtten from a high school boy's perspective. I enjoyed the playful banter of the main charachters' dialogs. I would like to read more of these quirky, likeable kids' lives. Were we ever that young and that in love?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    What?!?

    promiscuous teenagers are not what i enjoy reading about....all begins with two kids skipping class, then having sex in custodians closet, NEVER knowing who each other is.....until later.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Loved Daniel and Six ¿ their banter and humor with each is incre

    Loved Daniel and Six … their banter and humor with each is incredible, it jumps off the page how much they connect to each other. Colleen Hoover surprised me in this story and I never saw it coming but what happened and how they both handled it was amazing. Now I really want Six's story!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    Couldn't even finish it

    It was so bad I couldn't even finish it.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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