Thursday, October 29, 2009

How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier.
Publisher: Bloomsbury.
Pages: 288.
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?

I really enjoyed this one. With all of the drama and angst and anger in stories that I’ve been reading lately, this was a well welcomed change. It was light-hearted, cute and very comical and I found myself smiling a lot.

What I loved the most was the fictional world. As I’ve said before in many other reviews, these are my favorite kind of stories- where everything written is purely fictional and nothing is off-limits. I got that a lot with this book, with the pointless fairies and the non-existent slang (at least, I don’t think they’re real slang. Correct me if I’m wrong!) Nothing made me roll my eyes because Justine could write about anything she wanted because she created the New Avalon world.

The characters were really enjoyable, along with their respective fairies. Though I couldn’t imagine being that dedicated to school and sports. I was definitely feeling for Steffi the entire time. Coming from a place that has regular school hours/days, it had to be a harsh change for his character. Though his never-get-in-trouble fairy kind of makes up for all of that!

I don’t really have a ton to say about this one. If you’re in the mood for something light and cute, and you want to giggle, this is perfect!


  1. I just picked this one up in audiobook format... I'm hoping to get to listen to it on the part of my 10 hour drive this weekend! I'm glad to hear that is good though... I wanted something fun to listen to!

  2. This sounds cute, and I love the title!

    Great review :)

  3. I really liked this one too. Definitely one of the most fun books I've read this year.