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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
If you want to put fairy tale leading ladies into the real world, a night out on the town is probably the most fabulous way to do it. A Cinderella Story by Joe Miloscia is a graphic novel tailored for adults, who perhaps wonder what’s beyond “happily ever after,” realistically speaking. It starts with Cinderella, who “...crept away from her castle for a night out on the town. She went to a bar and ordered tequila, and a beer to chase it down.” When loneliness sinks in, Cinderella runs into Snow White. Soon enough, readers will find the duo joined by other fairy tale princesses, as they all bond and reminisce about the faded magic of “happily ever after” and “Prince Charming.”
If I have to characterize the flavor of Miloscia’s narrative, it would be honesty and humor. The narrative rhymes flawlessly, complementing the illustrations by Danielle Ramirez. The dark and slightly seedy depictions of the town and the bars slightly alter as the night out progresses, capturing the emotions projected by the visually engaging characters. There is no glass slipper (although it is briefly mentioned), kind fairy godmother, the seven dwarfs or perfect Prince Charming. A Cinderella Story is contemporary, relatable and quirky. Miloscia and Ramirez make us wonder about all the real fairy tale princesses in society, their friendship, and disenchantment with hyperbolic expectations of life. All in all, this is a really fun read and contains quite humbling truths for all of us. Highly recommended to my fellow readers.