Alex Flinn does it again! With her signature retelling of classic fairy tales, Flinn brings a fresh voice and a new twist on the story of Snow White. Mirrored opens with the story of Violet, an odd looking child, who is picked on relentlessly and called ugly, weird and is ostracized by all of her peers, with the exception of Greg who is quiet and studious. Violet clings to Greg and is crushed when, after a summer away, he too snubs her in favor of her hated tormentor, Jennifer. Greg and Jennifer date all through junior high and high school even when Violet discovers a powerful secret that allows her to change her appearance, Greg continues to be devoted to Jennifer. Violet convinces herself that Greg is her one true love and that if she can’t have him, she doesn’t want anyone. Part one closes on a heartbroken Violet.
In the next part, we meet Celine, the beautiful and beloved daughter of Greg and Jennifer. She tells the story of her mother’s death and the beginning of her relationship with a kind and beautiful stepmother. All too soon, the relationship sours when Greg mentions how beautiful Celine is becoming, just like her mother was. Celine tries to deflect her stepmother’s jealousy by dressing in baggy clothes, and staying away from beauty products like makeup and curling irons. The tension builds between Celine and her stepmother until the unthinkable happens and Celine is forced to go into hiding.
In the third part, Goose tells the story of finding Celine’s prone body and watching over her in the hospital desperate to find a way to revive her. Facing increasingly difficult challenges, including boy scouts, fireworks, bodyguards, heartbroken T.V. stars and worst of all, heights, Goose makes the impossible happen by bringing a prince to resurrect his beloved.
In the happiest of endings, readers will relish this classic tale!