Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Ditch Your Fairy review

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
Release Date: September 16, 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 307
Keywords: fairies, magic, high school
Format Read: paperback
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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. 
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? 
I'm sad that I couldn't find a high-res picture of the other cover, which is on the paperback I purchased, of a hammer smashing a little fairy. It seems morbid, but it's actually quite a cute and funny cover.

This was a last-minute addition onto my insane Book Outlet Black Friday purchase, and it was only a dollar and had a funny cover, so I bought it not knowing a thing about it. And what a fun book it was! Larbalestier, instead of doing an expository intro into this made-up country with fairies and weird words, just assumes you know what doos means and you know that everyone (mostly) has got a fairy accompanying them. She did it so well. Though it did take me a few pages to register that was what was happening, once I got the hang of this alternate universe with many similarities to our current one, it was a blast to read.

The idea that everyone walks around with an aura and a fairy that helps them with some aspect of their life is a fun one, and each character had a different fairy that assisted in their everyday lives. Charlie, though distraught by her parking fairy, was hilarious in her attempts to stop it from working by walking everywhere and refusing to travel by any motorized vehicle. And though Charlie did not have any particular smarts when it came to her opinions on other people (I mean, she hates Fiorenza because all the boys like her, and then she wants to switch fairies and is surprised that people hate her?), but she is only 14, after all.

Though I think the story could have been wonderful without the cute boy storyline in the picture, it was truly fun to read, and the antics Charlie and her friends got into (bobsledding course is all you need to know) were laugh-worthy and memorable. Read this one when you want something in the contemporary field, but totally unique and funny too.

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