Charlie Glass’ Slippers is a modern retelling of Cinderella. I love reinvented fairy tales with mermaids , other reinvented fairy tales with Tumblr and other reimagined fairy tales with the Charleston , so I was excited about it. Charlie is the daughter of famous, if troubled, shoe designer Elroy Glass, and she always seems to end up serving her more attractive half-sisters and their evil mother. When her father dies, he surprises everyone by leaving the family company to Charlie.
The chicklit standard of a heroine losing massive weight and finding herself isn’t my favorite plotline of all time, but it really works here as a Cinderella transformation. Newly hot Charlie has two princes, Ferdy, the sweet boy-next-door who’s been into her the whole time and Jay, a wealthy and handsome playboy. So much to enjoy here.
Charlie’s fairy godmother is more of a series of events like her dear friend Lucy sending her off to California weightloss camp and finding her mom’s old one-of-a-kind Elroy glass slippers.
I understand that the Wicked Stepsisters are going to be, well, wicked, but I started to feel that all characters are either Charlie’s loyal and loving best friends, or they’re evil and plotting. The evil stepsisters stab Charlie in the back whenever possible, with true modernized fairy tale drama, but so does everyone else.Lucy’s boyfriend, Pal, is an underhanded jerk who hits newly-thin Charlie up for sex, and then tells Lucy that Charlie came on to HIM. (Lucy believes him because she is one the Good List.) Ferdy’s girlfriend Honey (actually, Honey only becomes his girlfriend through shameless conniving, which Martin falls for this because, you know, Good List.) is not above a little email hacking to get what she wants. There are a lot of bad people hanging around poor Charlie, is what I’m saying.
I know the Wicked Stepmother has to be evil, but banging board members, turning up on Charlie’s romantic weekend to break up her relationship, and setting the shop on fire is a bit extreme. Also Wicked Stepmother actually mowed down Charlie’s poor mom with a sports car, which is one of two named-character-drives-a-dude’s-sportscar-into-her-rival moments.
Overlook some of the soap operatic twists for a rollicking chicklit spin on the classic fairy tale.