Title: How to Ditch Your Fairy
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Publisher: Seal Books
Release: October 14, 2008
Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy, like a specialized good luck charm, is vital to success. And in the case of the students at New Avalon Sports High, it might just determine whether you make the team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for 14-year-old Charlie, having a Parking Fairy is worse than having nothing at all—especially when the school bully carts her around like his own personal parking pass. Enter: The Plan. At first, teaming up with arch-enemy Fiorenza (who has an All-The-Boys-Like-You Fairy) seems like a great idea. But when Charlie unexpectedly gets her heart’s desire, it isn’t at all what she thought it would be like, and she’ll have resort to extraordinary measures to ditch her fairy. The question is: will Charlie herself survive the fairy ditching experiment? From the author of the acclaimed Magic or Madness trilogy, this is a delightful story of fairies, friendships, and figuring out how to make your own magic.
This book. I initially read this book about two years ago after just kind of randomly picking it out. Good choice, me, good choice. This book was just so funny and light hearted. Sure it did have some a bit heavier parts like the kidnapping, but it's just a fun read.
This book is kind of like a cross of romantic comedy with a little girl's fairytale movie. It has this perfect fun feel to it that makes it a great read when you want something light and upbeat. I just loved Charlie in this book though. She was given the worst fairy of all - a parking fairy when she doesn't even have her license - but she has to watch her friend have one of the best fairies of all - a clothes fairy - and she was just sort of a nobody at school. But then she meets the guy of her dreams just to have him stolen by her enemy Fiorenza who has a all-boys-like-you fairy and accidentally steals him right out from under Charlie's nose. Accidentally is the key word here - you don't get control over your fairy, they do all the work whether it's for the best or not. Fiorenza doesn't like all the male attention she gets as they're all under a trance when she talks to them. She doesn't like the guy that Charlie is in love with but her fairy attracts him nonetheless.
I like this story so much not just because of it's fun and light hearted tale. I love it also for the characters and their depth. For such a short book, the characters are really well developed and the setting is well thought out. The writing is really good too as the author makes you believe that the fairies are there even though you can't see them and some of the characters doubt their existence. The setting is really cool though because it's only in this one town that the fairies exist -at least that's what's implied- and it's only this own and select individuals that know about fairies. Huh, sounds interesting hey?
I was amazed at this book and the wit in it. I can't say anything more without giving too much away. This one is a must read great for summer or any season for that matter. It totally deserves a 5/5.
PS: This is the hardcover cover page up there. I posted that one because even though it's long since gone paperback, i own the hardcover, so I posted that one.