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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
In a unique and creative read by the obviously talented author D.L. Finn, No Fairy Tale: The Reality Of A Girl Who Wasn't A Princess and Her Poetry is a read like none other. A work of non-fiction, autobiographical in nature, the story is actually a re-telling of the author’s own life experience, but told in the voice of a fictional princess. The princess wants nothing more than the return of her father, to be reassured of his love for her. But instead she gets a new step family, and some difficult and painful experiences that no one should have to endure. The abuse the princess endures, as well as experiences with addiction and the turmoils of adolescence, are all painfully outlined. Through all of her difficulties, the princess is still somehow able to find hope, and to pull herself out of the misery that has become her family life. This story is one that will stay with a reader for a long time after the book is done, and one that I can easily recommend!
Author D.L. Finn has done an amazing job in providing her readers with a very intimate look into her harrowing youth, but in such a way that I have never seen before. Using the guise of a fictional character to tell one's own personal history was a true stroke of genius, and one that other authors will soon emulate, I have no doubt. The author also brings herself back into the story at the end of No Fairy Tale: The Reality Of A Girl Who Wasn't A Princess and Her Poetry, providing readers with highly personal and moving works of poetry and photographs that will make the story all the more real to them. Many readers will be able to connect with this story, from those who have lost a parent, or come from blended families or from a history of trauma, and they will be able to find inspiration from the life that D.L. Finn has lived. I certainly hope that the very talented author, D.L. Finn, will continue with her work in this area. Her voice is one that deserves to be heard!