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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Author: Gregory Maguire
Is this new land a place where magics really happen? — From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale. — In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... When we grow up, we learn that i...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060987527
ISBN-10: 0060987529
Publication Date: 10/3/2000
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 1433 ratings
Publisher: Regan Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister on + 37 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 41
I postponed reading this book for two years because I kept hearing, "It's not as good as Wicked.

I'm so sorry I waited. Those who judged it on the basis of Wicked must have loved Wicked for different reasons than I. Perhaps they only like fantasy or gothic genres.

This book is a delicious historical novel set in Holland during the Reformation. It's the sort of brooding story to read on a rainy day, wrapped in a comforter in your favorite chair with a pot of tea nearby.

Rather than compare it to Wicked, I'd say that those who loved Girl with a Pearl Earring would enjoy this book.
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Helpful Score: 27
This was my first Gregory Maguire book and its prob a good thing since all the other reviews mostly compare it to Wicked. Well I enjoyed this book very much. It was really not a "can't put it down" book for me at least. There were many parts where after 20 pgs I would be bored and go do something else. But when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it and couldn't wait to finish it. I would recommend this book to anyone. I thought the story was going to be more magical and fairy tale like but it really wasn't at all. It was about a mother and her 2 daughters who fled England from the mobbing town and end up in Holland looking for their Grandfather. Once they arrive in Holland they are faced with challenges and the mother will do anything to secure her families safety. I really disliked the mother but who doesn't in the "cinderella" story. Overall good read:)
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Helpful Score: 18
God,this book took me forever to read.I mean forever as in about a week in a half because it was so boring. I had to force myself to read it. However,there were some very good themes in the book. For example,the beautiful Clara (Cinderella), who's ill temper caused her to be a brat but still she was a good person.Through Clara, we see that the beautiful do not always lead such charmed lives.Beauty in some cases is an affliction rather than a gift.The so-called ugly stepsisters,Iris and Ruth are ugly only in physical features but are beautiful inside. The wicked stepmother was in fact wicked. She was willing to do anything to improve her station in life,and I do mean anything. In the end, we see that beauty is only skin deep.whats on the inside really does matters more and that desperation and bad luck will make anyone a monster.
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Helpful Score: 10
For me, Gregory Maguire is a hit or miss. Wicked took me a while to get into, but i did like it eventually. Son of a Witch? No thanks. Mirror Mirror - just okay. I really did enjoy this one, right from the start, though. While the tale of Cinderella goes way back before the one which most of us are familiar with, the most popular version sure does leave a lot explained! He did a fantastic job giving motivation and alternate explanations of the tale, without actually contradicting the version we are familiar with. It definitely was an enjoyable read, and I felt for the ugly stepsisters.
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Helpful Score: 7
I could barely get through the first chapters when I had to put it down. I'm normally a faithful fantasy reader but I don't know...this just seemed silly to me.
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reviewed Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister on + 22 more book reviews
This was a fun read but not necessarily an easy read. This was not a book I could read in a day. Enjoyable though.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I love the different perspectives he takes with the 'sideline' characters in classic tales! It does seem to move along slow but the characters develop and you get caught up in how they then became the character most see them in!
Awesome Read!!!
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This was a good read. Certainly a different twist on the Cinderella story!

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