How to Ditch Your Fairy, by Justine Larbalestier

How_to_Ditch_Your_FairyThe basic lesson learned in this book is to be careful what you wish for. It’s a simple lesson, much simpler than I was expecting, actually. This is categorized at my library as young adult, but it felt much more like middle grade fiction. When I first began reading, I wasn’t sure if I would continue. It was a little too young, a little too girly, and the mass download of fictional vocabulary tripped me up (I didn’t realize there was a glossary in the back). I almost quit after the first chapter, but decided to read at least the first three before deciding. After the third, while it never crossed over into the territory of wonderful for me, I did end up enjoying it. It kept me wanting to read.

I do think more could have been done with it. There were a couple times in the book where I felt like we were going to learn that the city was evil in some way, that Charlie was going to leave and discover that most of her world was a construct. That would have been interesting. But those parts seemed to lead no where by the end. There was also a lot of hanging points regarding one of the side characters. It actually is a decent set up for a good sequel, but I don’t know if one is in the works or not.

The back of the book quotes Maureen Johnson (one of the YA authors quickly rising into my favorites) as saying, “…after reading this book, you will know what kind [of fairy] you have.” There’s a list of fairies in the back of the book, most of which are used in the story, but when I read through them, I came across one that struck me – the good story fairy: “When writers have this fairy, they always get great ideas–which is not that fabulous given that writing the good ideas is the hard part, not getting them.” Maybe Johnson is right. Maybe I do know now what my fairy is…

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1 Response to How to Ditch Your Fairy, by Justine Larbalestier

  1. Pingback: Liar, by Justine Larbalestier | The Zen Leaf

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