At New Avalon, everyone has a personal fairy - some less desirable than others: Charlie's fairy ensures that she always has a car park, which seems to pale in comparison to Fiorenze's all-the-boys-like-you fairy.
From the author of the acclaimed Magic or Madness trilogy, this is a delightful story of friendships, fairies, and figuring out how to make your own magic.
©2009 Justine Larbalestier; (P)2009 Bolinda
"This vividly imagined story will charm readers." (Publishers Weekly)
Charlie is totally likable, smart, and sarcastic, a perfectly self-involved, insecure teen. At its core, [How To Ditch Your Fairy] is a typical coming-of-age story, but the addition of the fairies, the slightly alternative setting, and the made-up slang make it much more. This 'doos' (brilliant) fantasy will not be ditched." (School Library Journal)
Charlie is a typical teenaged girl and I think pretty much any girl would be able to imagine herself in Charlie's shoes. While I personally HATE sports I am actually able to sympathise when she gets so many demerits that she can't play. Charlie's world is crafted so expertly that the unbelievable becomes believable. Sports schools, fairies and Ours are Charlie's reality and it was so much fun to hear her story of how she ditched her parking fairy.
I'm definitely listening to this one again.
I found the Bridget Jones's Diary style very irritating (maybe authors should remember that Helen Fielding's book evolved from a newspaper column) the senseless repetitions at the beginning of each chapter are worse in a spoken book for the simple reason that you can?t ignore them. There are moments of interest but I just couldn?t sympathize with Charlie. Whilst I appreciate the overall messages in the story, the style and lack of character interest overwhelm them.
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