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I Belong


Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by S. Strohmeyer

How Zoe Made Her Dreams Mostly Come TrueTitle: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True

Author: Sarah Strohmeyer

GenreYA Contemporary

SeriesN/A

Publication DateApril 23, 2013

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-100062187457 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-1455554263 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

From Sarah Strohmeyer, author of Smart Girls Get What They Want, comes this romantic comedy about one girl’s summer job from hell. Think The Devil Wears Prada set in Disney World.

When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they’ve hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?

Once Zoe arrives, however, she’s assigned to serve “The Queen”-Fairyland’s boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.

Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe’s job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?

Quick & Dirty: Adorable clean contemporary book that is sure to warm your hearts.  It will take you back to your childhood dreams of being a princess.

Opening SentenceThere was no getting around the fact that Tinker Bell was a little bitch.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

Zoe is spending her summer where dreams come true. She has landed an internship at Fairyland Kingdom theme park. Everyone gets a role as some kind of fairytale character and there is a chance to win a $25,000 grant. Zoe is sure they made a mistake accepting her into the program because she’s not much of an actor and all the other interns are extremely good looking.

Zoe is cast as the “Lady in Waiting” to the Queen (the boss of fairyland). Zoe has to get up at the crack of dawn to walk the dog and she is running errands until she falls into bed every night.  She is starting to feel a lot like the rejected sad version of Cinderella vs. the fairytale princess. There doesn’t seem to be much time to have fun and honestly she’s not sure if the money is worth all the work.  But then a mysterious prince comes to her rescue and she is torn between being faithful to “The Queen” and protecting the boy she loves.

Zoe is a cute protagonist.  A little over a year and a half ago her mother died from a long struggle with cancer.  Zoe has very few memories before her mother got sick, but she does remember that her mother use to take her to Fairytale Kingdom. So in a way Zoe is hoping that this internship will help her to deal with her grief, and it also doesn’t hurt that all the guys look like Abercrombie models. She is sweet, loyal, and a genuine person.  I had fun reading her story.

This was a really cute book. It was fresh, funny and full of likeable characters.  The setting was interesting and overall the story was entertaining. The plot had a few twists that I wasn’t expecting and the romance was totally adorable. While there wasn’t anything profound in the story, it was a fun light read that was very enjoyable. Strohmeyer’s writing was engaging and easy to get lost in. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a clean fast read.

Notable Scene:

It was him.

“Don’t come any closer,” I said. “If I see you and know who you are, I’ll have no choice but to report you to the Queen.”

There was a pause. “So I guess saving your life was, what, chump change?”

“Please. I’ve put my ass on the line by not telling her what happened. I promised you I wouldn’t tell, and I haven’t.”

“Thanks. I’d hate to have to explain the whole story.”

Not that again. “Really, whoever you are, your puns are pun-ishment enough.”

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FTC Advisory: Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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