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Kristen Caven is a multi-disciplinary writer living in Oakland, California. She is noted for her offbeat humor, revelatory insight, and constructive creativity. Working in a variety of media (books, magazines, cartooning, playwriting, lyrics) and a variety of genres (memoir, fiction, non-fiction, self-help, fairytale), she explores art, knowledge, self-determination, family issues and human interaction. Caven has published of a cartooning memoir entitled Perfectly Revolting (2010), a graphic novel collection entitled The Reason She Left (2011), and a novella based on a musical, The Souls of Her Feet (2013). She has co-authored several books with her mother, Dr. Louise Hart, including On the Wings of Self-Esteem (2010) and The Bullying Antidote (2013). Learn more at www.kristencaven.com.
on May 06, 2013 :
This was such a fun read! I just loved it. It's a perfectly unique and modern twist on the Cinderella story. One of my favorite escapes as a child was piling into my mother's closet where we stored the sleeping bags and reading my seemingly never-ending book of fairy tales, and Kristen Caven took me right back there. She has the skilled hand that it takes to retell a fairy tale without coming off clichéd or overly sentimental. Strong voice, great characters, and upbeat pacing drive this story through to the very end. I identified so much with the cleaning-as-therapy that Ashley begins. I dearly, dearly love Harry! But my absolute favorite part is the "glass slipper".
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)