Thursday, February 26, 2009

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

I stayed up into the wee hours last night finishing How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier, and it was sooo worth a slight lack of sleep.

"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? From the author of the acclaimed Magic or Madness trilogy, this is a delightful story of fairies, friendships, and figuring out how to make your own magic."

This book was many things: hilarious, well written, creative, original, and above all else, awesome. While I did take a break from reading while I was sick, I had a hard time putting it down every time I picked it up. The situations Charlie got into were sooo funny! It was one of those things where you're laughing at the character, but you feel bad for them at the same time.
I loved how much thought was put into the fairies; how they worked, how you got rid of them, plus all the different types of fairies (which are listed in the back of the book, along with a handy guide of the slang used in the book).
Charlie's school was absolutely insane! You could get expelled if you were breathing wrong! (an exageration, but just barely)
There were points in the book when I wanted to kick Steffi. I won't say why, I don't want to give anything away.
Here's the sum up of the story. Warning: spoilers!!!
>Charlie hates fairy, tries to get rid of it by walking. Right when fairy is about to leave, Danders Anders forces her to get him a good parking spot, ruining all her efforts. Charlie teams up with (at that point) semi-enemy Fiorenze to get rid of both their fairies. After stealing a key and looking at Fio's mom's Ultimate Fairy Book, they swap fairies. Things go well for a few days, but then they realize why the other hated their fairy so much. They decide to scare the fairies off by almost dying. First attempt fails hilariously, second attempt works. Charlie ends up getting a Shot Blocking Fairy in the end and makes the basketball team.<
This book is Too Much Rock for One Hand.
Eclectically yours,


Dame Orchid said...

Since I want to read it, I am NOT going to look at your sum up.
As soon as I finish reading HH and a few of my other new books, I plan on reading How to Ditch Your Fairy. :)

Nadia Murti said...

I want to read it!

Amy said...

great review! i saw you're reading special-that's one of my all time fave series:)isn't it good?