♦ Waiting on Wednesday: Damsel Distressed, by Kelsey Macke

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday I’ll post about a book that’s not yet been released but I can’t wait to get my hands on.


Retellings are my jam. Retellings from the other point of view? Even better. Did you ever read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, by Jon Scieszka when you were growing up? I did. Must’ve gotten to me or something. ;) Anyway, here comes Cinderella from The Stepsister’s point of view.

DDamsel Distressed

Author: Kelsey Macke
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Pub Date: October 14, 2014
Pages: 336

Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.(Goodreads)

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