How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
Published: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Children's Books : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008.
Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy—like a specialised good luck charm—is vital to a persons success. It might determine whether you make a sports team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for fourteen-year-old Charlie, having a parking fairy is worse than having nothing at all—especially when the school bully carts her around like his private parking pass.
Enter: The Plan. At first, teaming up with her archenemy, Fiorenze (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 how she thought it would be, and she'll have to resort to extraordinary measures to set things right.
I thought this book was quite interesting. When I first started reading it I was a bit annoyed that there were words I couldn't understand because they were specific to the people in the book. However, the more I read of the book the easier it was to read the words naturally.
The characters were average, none of them really stood out in my mind as being exceptionally likeable. One character I did not like at all though was Danders Anders, I just didn't like the way he tried to kidnap Charlie and Fiorenze and nobody cared. Personally, I found all of the characters hard to relate to.
On a more positive note, I loved the concept of the fairies. It's a very unique take on fairies and luck in general. Several of the fairies did seem like luck but at the same time there were some fairies that did make you wonder whether the fairies were real or people just had exceptionally good luck in some areas.
Overall, I thought How To Ditch Your Fairy was an interesting read that had it's ups and downs. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fairies and anyone who doesn't like fairies. This book is good for a light, fun read.
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