A Rogue Librarian's Reading List











{March 9, 2010}   How to Ditch you Fairy by Justine Larbalastier

Plot: Charlie has a parking fairy and she hates it. Everyone is always hijacking her to get the perfect parking space and she doesn’t even like cars. So she decides to get rid of her fairy. Unfortunately she isn’t sure how to go about it and trying is getting her into a lot of trouble.

This book is a lot of fun. I really got caught up in it. And though the plot sounds silly (and is written with great humour) getting a new fairy really matters to Charlie and Larbalestier makes you care about it too. There are elements of a near future state that is very problematic beneath the shiny exterior (which made me think of her husband’s Uglies series) but she doesn’t dwell to much on that. She hints at the problems with the society and then lets it go.  I’d be curious to read a different book set in the same world that addresses these issues.  My one big issue was the made-up slang which bothered me a lot at first, it could at times make the dialogue seem really clunky, but I got use to it at length. Very fun, definitely recommended.

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