Confessions of An Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

This book left me with so many emotions. I can loved every twist and turn of it!

There were some sections that were a bit boring, but as I kept reading I realized how much of the details tied into the ending. This is not a retelling of the classic fairytale of Cinderella. In fact, it's quite the opposite in that it tells from the viewpoints of the two ugly stepsisters and their mother, Margareta.

Iris is such a wonderful character and I appreciated how the author allowed for her to have other redeemable qualities such as a talent for painting. Because she is an ordinary-looking person Iris self-esteem is very low. Her caring and empathetic attributes make her a relatable character. Margaret's on the other hand, I'm not sure what to make of her. She is the mother of both sisters and can easily be portrayed as evil because if the choices she's made.

However, if you look at all the decisions Margareta from the lens of a mother, you can understand why she does some of the things she does to protect her family. She's no Cersei Lannister, that's for sure, 😆 but pretty close. It was so interesting how the author tied in the story of Cinderella with her step-family. Especially the iconic scene where Cinderella and the prince swept away in a private room dancing and ended up being alone. The scandalous gossip that occurred amongst the people left in the ballroom were so much more realistic than the fairytale version.

There's so much more I want to say about this book, but I'll have to end it here for now. If you've read it, what are your thoughts about Margareta?

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