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13 February 2009 @ 09:42 am
How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier  
How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

This disappointed me. I had high hopes, because sarahtales said it was good, and I normaly trust Sarah blindly when it comes to books. I have read some of Justine Larabaster’s books before, I read her Magic or Madness trilogy, and they didn’t quite work for me. I loved the concepts, but the writing didn’t quite sell me. I hoped that How to ditch your fairy would be different, as it was such a different concept. Once again something fell flat to me.
How to ditch your fairy is about a society, not too far in the future, where many people have a fairy, that you can’t see hear or touch. This fairy makes them good at something, for example a Parking fairy, so that you always find the perfect parking place. It’s more than just luck, it’s something extra. I loved this concept, and my friends and I now use it regularly. My friend Tahlesin definitely had a clothes shopping fairy, and Meaghan has an attracting crazy people fairy. Awesome concept!
The carry though didn’t quite work for me. I wasn’t engaged by the characters, I wasn’t captured. And I don’t know why.
I have recommended it to several younglings though, and they really enjoyed it. Perhaps the problem is that I’m too old, and I expect too much of my authors. I feel very ho hum about it. I don’t want to put you off! By all means try it, but I can’t get excited. And read what Sarah said about it.