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The Compulsive Reader: How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

Saturday, November 1, 2008

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier


Having a parking fairy may seem like a good thing at first—but compared to her best friend's shopping fairy and her nemesis's all the boys like you fairy, Charlie can't help loathe her good parking spot scoring fairy, especially since she can't even drive, and all anyone wants is to have her ride shotgun. But Charlie's been working on a plan to flush out her unconventional fairy by walking absolutely everywhere in the hopes her parking fairy will flee and be replaced by a much more agreeable one—which is turning out to be more trouble than she originally predicted. And desperate times call for desperate measures...

How to Ditch Your Fairy is a wonderfully entertaining and imaginative read whose unconventional plot draws the reader in instantly. Extra kudos to Justine Larbalestier for creating such an amazing and completely convincing world, complete with its own slang, that really goes the extra mile into beguiling and gripping readers. Charlie is a spunky, fun, and hilarious character whose frustration is palpable and whose many wild (and occasionally death-defying) escapades, along with her frank narration, will have readers roaring in laughter. While the conclusion may have been wrapped up a little easily, readers will be able to easily overlook it and instead happily acknowledge the fact that the bursting energy and wit of Larbalestier's writing is simply irresistible.

6 comments:

Diana Dang said...

I actually want to read this one! I really love the idea that everyone has their own fairy. I really want my own fairy also! It makes me wonder what kind of fairy I'll get if I'm in the story.

keri mikulski :) said...

Me too.. I'd like to have a fairy. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Thanks for the review.

Em said...

This book sounds like so much fun and I especially love that Justine has been posting author's fairies on her blog.

thatonegirlemily said...

I would LOVE to read this book (:

a. fortis said...

This was a fun one--liked the premise a lot. Great review, too--I'll be posting it on the Cybils blog later this week!