Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

This book was a wonderful alternate fairytale told from the point of view of the “ugly stepsister.” I loved Imogen and I felt for her as she had to face so many problems that affect teens: self-image issues, bullying, and depression. The author is definitely one to watch.

The book is a contemporary take on the tale of Cinderella. But instead of Cinderella as the heroine, she’s the cruel one that taunts the troubled Imogen. The novel is basically Imogen’s journey to self-acceptance while also learning to move on from the devastation of losing her mom at such a young age.

The secondary characters were all developed well along with Imogen. I adored Imogen’s relationship with Grant and how gradually things progressed beyond friendship.

The author did a superior job of realistically portraying teens and delving into the emotions that drive Imogen’s sometimes self-destructive behavior. I really felt Imogen’s feelings jump off the page as she is faced with the cruel disdain of others. The book will give you all of the feels.

Overall, I really enjoyed Damsel Distressed. The only negative for me was the book felt more geared to the younger YA reader. I got a little bored at times with some of the petty high school drama. I was more interested in Imogen’s inner thoughts than some of the day-to-day mundane details. However, if you’re a fan of realistic YA fiction, you’ll enjoy Damsel Distressed.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


  1. Sounds like a great read :) I love fairy tale re-tellings. Hope you dive into Cinder soon!! LOL! WRITE ON!

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