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How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

September 16th, 2008 (07:14 am)
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In a fun world where many people have fairies that grant them unusual bits of luck, Charlotte (Charlie) feels cursed by her gift: the ability to always get a good parking spot. She's not even old enough to drive yet, so others - such as her mum and a dim bully at her school - drag her into their cars to play passenger. Fed up, Charlie teams up with Fiorenze, a popular girl who has an all-the-boys-like-you fairy, and the two attempt to switch their fairies. Comedic chaos ensues.

As a lifelong fan of fairies, I was drawn to this book by its premise. I love a good dystopic novel, and this one's great. In a story that's part fantasy, part comedy, Justine Larbalestier has created a world that's part America, part Australia, mixing jargon and social aspects from both nations. High school woes such as the eternal desire to fit in and the utter need for a cute outfit are mixed in with unseen fairies, unique abilities (Charlie's best friend has a clothes shopping fairy, so she always finds brilliant clothes at amazing prices), and games galore. The characters are healthy and athletic, and their sporty school, New Avalon Sports High, is very cool.

I was also drawn to this book because of its byline. Larbalestier's Magic or Madness books were more serious, traditional fantasy novels, so I was interested to see how she'd handle comedy. She handled it quite well. In fact, this book earns one of my favorite adjectives: quirky. Charlie's antics truly cracked me up. Even the intros to the chapters, with tallies of Charlie's demerits, conversations with her crush Steffi, and number of public service hours, made me giggle.

I would love to read more books set in this world, especially if they revolve around the irrepressible Charlie. She was so completely fourteen, alternately anxious and paranoid, overly aware of herself and others around her, and totally likable.

How to Ditch Your Fairy is utterly delightful. You won't ditch this funny fantasy -- you'll stay up to finish reading it!

I am Fairy honored. My blurb is printed in this book. Many thanks to the author and publisher for this honor. It means a lot to me personally and professionally. Thank you.

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Comments

Posted by: boothyisawesome (boothyisawesome)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)

Ooo, I saw your blurb in the ARC and I was so happy for you!! I'm hoping to read this book before the end of the month. Great review! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)

Aw, thanks!

Posted by: jessicaburkhart (jessicaburkhart)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)

Cool about the blurb!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)

Thanks, Jessica!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)

This one is definitely on my radar--and CONGRATS about the blurb! How cool is that?!!

courtney

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)

Thanks! It's radar-worthy. :)

Posted by: Terri Clark (terriclark)
Posted at: September 18th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)

I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I enjoyed her others.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 18th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)

This one is such fun!

Posted by: Kimberly (lectitans)
Posted at: September 18th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)

I'm very excited to read this one! And also finding your fairy list linking very timely, as I just decided to feature a fairy in my NaNovel this year.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 18th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)

You will like this book. I know it.

Hurrah for your NaNovel AND for fairies!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 23rd, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)

Sounds like a great book and congratulations about the blurb! That's so exciting! :-)
Em
(www.emsbookshelf.blogspot.com)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)

Thank you, Em! The book is quite fun. Give it a try.

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