Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book Review: How to Ditch Your Fairy

TITLE: How to Ditch Your Fairy
AUTHOR: Justine Larbalestier
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: faeries, urban fantasy
PREMISE: In New Avalon everyone has a personal fairy. Poor Charlie is stuck with a lame fairy and is determined to ditch it and get a new one.
MY REVIEW: I wanted to like this book. Really I did. The world building was sound (although some of the rules were...odd) and it was a very interesting idea. Plus, there were some pretty funny scenes. Sadly, the excution was sort of half hazard.
First off, Charlie is REALLY annoying. She's selfish, whiny, and frankly more of a brat then she claims her sister is. This would be fine if she got better but she doesn't. In fact, there seems to be no real lesson learned at all in this book. I mean if the lesson was to appreciate what you have that got lost because Charlie not only manages to lose what she wanted but she got something better so no real message is in this book. I'm honestly sort of lost about what the point of this book was in the first place. It just never really seemed to go anywhere.
So is it enjoyable? Maybe for younger teens/tweens but for everyone else it's kind of a waste of time.
WHO SHOULD READ: younger teens, tweens
MY RATING: Three out of Five fairys

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