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How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True

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How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True

Once upon a time, in a land not at all far, far away, there lived a girl named Zoe. Zoe was having a rough time --- she had recently lost her mother and broken up with her boyfriend (the first being infinitely more devastating than the second, obviously.) Yet, when a fairy godmother --- or father --- from the Human Resources department of Fairyland Kingdom grants Zoe and her cousin Tess's shared wish for a summer internship at Fairyland's theme park, Zoe thinks her fortunes might be changing. Unfortunately, Zoe gets stuck playing pre-princess Cinderella to the theme park's Queen, a boss whose insane (and hilarious) rules and demands threaten to outdo those of that infamous devil wearing Prada. 
"The twists and turns this mystery takes are never predictable, and the dashes of levity on every page of the book make watching Zoe figure out how to make her dreams come true both engrossing and highly entertaining."
Zoe's relationship with her boss forms the most compelling aspect of HOW ZOE MAKES HER DREAMS (MOSTLY) COME TRUE, mostly because many of the Queen's demands are cartoonishly funny (every morning Zoe must prepare the Queen's newspapers by blacking out any mention of the Mouse-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named from that OTHER famous fairy tale theme park.) However, the rest of the book is also every bit as charming as Cinderella's Prince. This is due in large part to the sly ways Sarah Strohmeyer updates aspects of classic fairy tales and tosses them into her story, as well as her ability to craft a plot that is equal parts mysterious and hysterical.
 
For, you see, all the interns at Fairyland are competing for a grant that would award the winner $25,000, and the cut-throat competition leads to a mess of plotting and backstabbing among the characters. Zoe, who desperately needs the money from the grant, finds herself caught in the middle of a mystery involving a rogue Prince Charming, the out of bounds area of the theme park and a hunt for a spy whose goal might be to shut Fairyland Kingdom down forever. The twists and turns this mystery takes are never predictable, and the dashes of levity on every page of the book make watching Zoe figure out how to make her dreams come true both engrossing and highly entertaining.

Reviewed by Erin Allen on April 23, 2013

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
by Sarah Strohmeyer

  • Publication Date: April 23, 2013
  • Genres: Young Adult 13+
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • ISBN-10: 0062187457
  • ISBN-13: 9780062187451