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Maquire, Gregory. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

I expected this to kind be an apologist version of "Cinderella," where one of the stepsisters explains away her behavior.  Instead, the stepsister, Iris, becomes the hero of her own story, and Cinderella becomes a somewhat boring minor character.  Maquire makes an effort to make all of the characters well-rounded, giving them reasons for their actions and both good and bad points.  I frequently had students write fairy tales from the villian's point of view as a writing excercise, but Maquire's way is much more interesting because here, the villian becomes a protagonist in her own right. 

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