Sometimes, beauty is only skin-deep.
Ava Trevino wants Ethan Dawson to notice her. When she enlists the popular girl Jessica Vega to transform her into someone he'll want, she'll learn the hard way that evil can have a beautiful face.
A contemporary take on Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid, Shallow tells the story of a girl learning some friends aren't friendly at all, and beauty isn't everything.
Shallow is the standalone third book in the Fearful Fairytales series, a collection of contemporary fairytale retellings without magic.
I’ve always had a difficult relationship with The Little Mermaid. While it was the first Disney film I ever loved, the message is a problematic one, to say the least. And the original source material includes tongues being cut out and sisters urging the titular character to murder her beloved. That’s some dark stuff.
I went back and forth on actually writing this book, the idea for my own telling stayed in my mind. I’m not so vain to believe that I could write a better story than Hans Christian Anderson, one of the men who has fueled the Disney canon for so long, but in writing this story, I hope to be more satisfied with the story than I ever have before.