When a writer’s life is turned upside down by sudden success, she finds that getting everything she wants comes at a price.
Aspiring author Charlotte "Lettie" Kingsley writes fairy tales and hopes to be published. When she gets one more rejection, her feelings of pique lead her to an inspired idea: She'll write a self-help book called The Cinderella Fiction that will encourage readers to live their best lives. She takes vacation days from her full-time job—which consists of writing “descriptions about fun and sassy eyewear that leads to a fun and sassy life, which is actually the most fictitious thing I’ve ever written”—and pours all the life lessons she’s learned from her own disappointments into the book. Amazingly, she attracts the attention of her dream agent, Jennifer Apsley. Meanwhile, Lettie and Anders, her Scandinavian hottie neighbor, have realized their feelings about each other have moved beyond friendship, and Lettie, who’s never been interested in a long-term relationship, decides to give one with Anders a chance. Lettie’s agent has big plans for the book and has created a team to make it a bestseller, including a PR firm that demands a complete makeover for Lettie. From wardrobe to apartment to a new nickname, “Char,” every detail is changed to create an image that inspires admiration and a legion of followers. However, it also means that her real-life relationships are affected, and the new Char is so different from the old Lettie that she’ll have to sift through what she wanted, and what she’s gained, so she can live her own best life, authentically.
Wright updates “Cinderella” with a modern twist and smart, satisfying details.