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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Souls of Her Feet by Kristen Baumgardner Caven is a humorous Cinderella-style story. Ashley St. Helens is seventeen years old. Her parents are dead and she has to put up with a wicked stepmother and two wicked stepsisters who are obsessed with fashion and make Ashley self-conscious about her large feet. The laundry is piling up, the dishes are unwashed and Jeff Prince has forgotten that Ashley even exists – a real-life Cinderella if ever there was one! She has some help though; a drag queen fairy godmother, father, whatever, who has just the right shoes for her. But will this all add up to the life that Ashley really wants or is she doomed to live a life of drudgery forever? It contains bonus material – essays written by the main characters and songs from the musical version.
The Souls of Her Feet by Kristen Baumgardner Caven has given us a post-modern, delightful tale of an insecure, teenage real-life Cinderella. I absolutely loved the characters, especially the fairy godfather; they are all so colorful, so loveable and incredibly relatable too. This is more than just a reimagined fairytale, though. This is about teenage girls overcoming insecurity, getting past the obstacles that life throws at them and teaching them that being different isn’t a bad thing – indeed, it gives them powers that no one else has. There are many takes on the story of Cinderella but this is different; this is fresh, exciting, and you will not want to put it down. The addition of the essays and the music were a nice touch in a great storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed this; a great story for anyone regardless of age or gender.