Today’s review is on Meant To Be: If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy.
Before I jump into my review, I would like to thank Disney Book Group and Netgalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Meant To Be: If the Shoe Fits is the first book in a new adult contemporary series, each installment adapting a different Disney Princess movie into a contemporary setting. If the Shoe Fits is a twist on Cinderella. Cindy, who has a passion for shoes, has just graduated from fashion design school, and finds herself jobless and moving back in with her stepmother, Erica Tremaine, to take care of triplet half siblings. Erica also happens to be the brains behind the popular reality show, Before Midnight (a fictional version of The Bachelor). When a few contestants for the upcoming season drop out, Cindy and her step-sisters – Anna and Drew – step in to help fill a few spots. Cindy not only finds herself thrust in the spotlight and a body positivity icon, but she might just fall in love in the process.
Alright, full disclaimer, from this point on, spoilers are very likely!!!!
If the Shoe Fits went way above my expectations. I fully expected this to be just an okay read for me, but I really enjoyed it. It was light, fluffy, and very low on the steam. I also liked catching all the references to the original Cinderella movie. First, how the show Cindy goes on is Before Midnight. Second, her stepmother is LAdy Tremaine – although a lot nicer – and her stepsisters Ana -Anastasia- and Drew – Drusilla. Also the triplets are named after the mice: Jacques, Gus, and Mary (it took me way too long to catch on to this detail). I loved discovering these references and easter eggs throughout the book.
Admittedly, I am not really a fan of The Bachelor and its different reiterations, but it was still interesting to read about! I liked getting to know some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that happens on reality TV shows, which I am assuming is a somewhat accurate portrayal.
I loved getting to know all the characters throughout the book, especially Cindy. I found her relatable, especially as someone who is also plus-sized, but I also loved how confident she was. I also liked seeing her relationships with various characters throughout the novel. I also liked our Prince Charming character – Henry. However, I wish we had gotten just a little bit more depth to his character.
Overall, this was a fun, light read that is low on the steam factor as far as romances go. This was a great contemporary take on Cinderella, and I am looking forward to seeing how the other Disney princesses get the contemporary treatment. 4/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.