How to Ditch your Fairy

How to Ditch your Fairy

Book - 2008
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In a world in which everyone has a personal fairy who tends to one aspect of daily life, fourteen-year-old Charlie decides she does not want hers--a parking fairy--and embarks on a series of misadventures designed to rid herself of the invisible sprite and replace it with a better one, like her friend Rochelle's shopping fairy.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bloomsbury, 2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781599903019
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Larbales Justine
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jan 24, 2019

This was a quick, cute near-contemporary YA set in a pseudo-Australia. The concept was original and fun, especially with the bizarre slang and the nod to NYC/Londoner-style center-of-the-universe attitudes. I'm not much of a sports fan, so a lot of references to cricket, basketball, baseball, tennis, and fencing were lost on me, but the story itself was good, and I would *love* to have a parking fairy (I'm pretty sure my husband has a cat fairy).

CookieLai Mar 27, 2015

I loved this book (just not enough to give it 5 stars)! I love how she has a "parking fairy".

bkilfoy Mar 28, 2013

If you're not a fan of traditional fantasy fairies, don't bypass this book. While fairies play a major role in the novel, not once does one talk or appear so don't let this being a "fairy book" keep you away. The novel is far more about the delightful alternate reality Larbalestier has created and watching as Charlie discovers that people are more complex than she had imagined and that Fiorenze in particular may not be as odious as she appears. Charlie's nascent romance with the new boy, Stefan is also very adorable. A fun, fluffy read that won't tax you much.

Sep 13, 2012

I really liked this book cause of the consequences of having certain fairies, but the end was kind of lame.

Jun 10, 2012

this was actually a pretty good book, though I usually don't like books about faires or any mythical creature. I did get lost in some places, but other than that it was pretty good

Schleicher Dec 23, 2011

So is the book good or not?

Sep 22, 2011

This was a fun book! Charlie's a very determined character, and the kind of trouble she gets in is amusing. The ending was a little disappointing, because it was much too easy to guess the fairy. . . I like how fairies are not depicted as little fluttery glitter-bugs who grant wishes in this book. Some aspects could have been better (like the ending) but overall, it's a very good book.

Aug 22, 2010

Completely unlike any other book I've ever read. I really enjoyed it.

Jul 10, 2010

Interressting book. A different kind of fairy book. It's really good.

May 31, 2010

There was half a page at the top of every single chapter that was dedicated to a running list of accomplishments in the narrative, such as “number of conversations with the boy I like” and “number of school demerits”. What a waste of paper, especially considering the categories in the tally are so unimportant that they change every few chapters. If the reader needed a running tally in order to follow the narrative, they would never make it through the book. If the narrator needed a running tally like that, she wouldn’t be able to express such an otherwise-great narrative.

The story in this book is the least interesting thing about it – the world the author created and all the subtle mysteries and unanswered questions of its universe (Why is the entire city of New Avalon so unbelievably self-centred? Why have fairies only been around for a few generations?) are what make me want a sequel.


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Oct 02, 2011

Dad nodded. He didn't look fuming, but then he never did, which was why it was him coming to talk to me and not Mom. Dad's the enforcer. Mom says you have to be calm to enforce. Mom is not calm.

Oct 02, 2011

Nettles thought my school was an insanely strict nightmare run by sadistic uptight prison guards; I thought it was heaven.

Oct 02, 2011

Sports are all about rules. If you can't follow rules, you can't play sports. Discipline is the most important thing an athlete can learn, no matter what sport they play.

Oct 02, 2011

Who'd have thought that mixing your saliva with someone else's saliva wouldn't be malodorous?

Oct 02, 2011

Sometimes the whole point of history seemed to be that everyone saw things completely differently.


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Apr 11, 2014

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