How to Ditch Your Fairy

How to Ditch Your Fairy

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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Welcome to New Avalon, the best city in the world--just ask any of its residents. New Avalon has the most important celebrities, the tallest buildings, and the best slang. It also has the best sports school in the country, but you probably already knew that since it has a reputation for training future famous athletes by the truckload. As far as fourteen-year-old Charlie is concerned life in New Avalon is just about perfect, especially now that she's getting to know here totally pulchy and crush-worthy new neighbor Stefan. The only real problem is Charlie's parking fairy. It's not that fairies are uncommon, far from it. Many New Avaloners have fairies that help with everything from finding loose change to finding the perfect clothes. Some fairies make people charming and famous, some keep them from ever getting cold or losing their grip. Charlie's fairy helps her find a perfect parking space anywhere, any time. Charlie can't drive. Charlie hates cars. Charlie is tired of always smelling vaguely of gasoline. And Charlie is sick of being passed around to her all of her neighbors going to the doctor or some other important appointment where they need to find good parking. Charlie is desperate to get rid of her fairy through any means necessary. And sometimes desperate people do stupid things like refusing to help one of the most important people in school and teaming up with their archenemy (and even a few other, more dangerous, things). Only time will tell if it will all be enough to solve Charlie's parking problem in How to Ditch Your Fairy (2008) by Justine Larbalestier. Larbalestier splits her time between Australia and the United States (specifically New York City) and has written books set in both countries. How to Ditch Your Fairy is set in neither. Instead, Larbalestier has created an imaginary country; an amalgam of the two. The effect is rather like being thrown into the deep end of the pool to learn to swim. The setting, the slang, and the culture are utterly alien and initially quite confusing. (The book includes a character as clueless as some readers will feel about the ways of New Avalon as well as several helpful glossaries at the end of the book.) While the total immersion is a little daunting at first, it helps get right to the action of the story. Larbalestier introduces a fascinating and foreign city readers will love learning about throughout the story. Even though New Avalon doesn't exist outside of this story, it feels like it does thanks to Larbalestier's expert depiction. Charlie is also a refreshing addition to the already rich cadre of young adult heroines. She eats, drinks and breathes sports (like most of her fellow students). Charlie's passion for sports is embedded in every part of How to Ditch Your Fairy but there is more to the story, and the heroine, than sports. Some readers will fully identify with Charlie and her enthusiasm for all things sports. Others will appreciate her eagerness because it so clearly reflects the fierce commitment needed to follow a dream. How to Ditch Your Fairy starts with a familiar girl, a character you could have met anywhere, but by the end of the story it will be clear that this book is completely original and completely entertaining. Possible Pairings: Alice, I Think by Susan Juby, Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell, Jungle Crossing by Sydn
WhiteParchmentBlackInk More than 1 year ago
Great book! Some exiting twists that you would never suspect! Defenitely worth your money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it might seem slow in the beginning but it speeds up and makes you want to read more. I really enjoyed this book and LIAR which is by the same author. If this is not what you want, try LIAR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like funny teen books with school stuff, friend drama, and boys, this is the perfect book. Great story- since it doesn't take place in a world like ours, but still the same in most ways. I actually won this book from a giveaway and after sitting on my shelf for a year I finally read it! I regret not reading it sooner, but it's still an awesome read.
Ditching_Fairies More than 1 year ago
How to ditch your fairy is a tale of a teenage girl named Charlie trying to ditch her fairy. She lives in a made-up town called New Avalon, where practically everyone has their own fairy. There's good hair fairies, clothes shopping fairies, loose change fairies, and unfortunately for Charlie, new attendee of New Avalon Sports High, parking fairies. What good is a fairy that finds you a good parking spot every time you jump in a car, good for a teenager that can't even drive? Not to mention, it can get annoying when people only want to go places with you just to get a good place to park. How will Charlie ditch her fairy? In the process of making her neighbor, Steffi, fall in love with her, trying not to rack up demerits, and battling the struggles of school? The major message of this book is you cannot receive what is impossible for you to have. In New Avalon, the fairy you get is most likely the fairy you are stuck with. This is a good theme for even here on Earth, where we don't have fairies for our everyday lives. You are born with talents, and some of these talents get you somewhere, and others can leave you with nothing but being able to balance a broom on your nose. All in all, I enjoyed How to Ditch your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier. Once you picked up the book, it was hard to put it down. This book kept you interested until the very end, and even left you with a cliffhanger. One thing I did not like about this book however, was how the author switched from scene to scene each chapter. I like a book that keeps its focus on one thing, until it's time for another small climax. I would recommend this book to someone, because it makes you wonder what's going to happen constantly. Each night, I would tell myself I was going to read two chapters, and go to sleep, but I ended up reading close to five or six chapters each night instead! It is kind of a girly book, but even I know a guy can't resist a good chick-flick once and a while. :) How To Ditch Your Fairy, is a hilarious, funny tale, but left me with some unresolved questions in the end. Hopefully this leads to a sequel!
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
In New Avalon, everyone has a personal fairy - like a good luck charm. there are some really doos fairies like the clothes shopping fairy and the every boy will like you fairy, and then there are some doxy fairies like charlie's parking fairy. a parking fairy is no use to charlie because she hates cars and cant even drive yet. charlie will do anything to ditch her parking fairy: never getting in a car to teaming up with her arch-enemy fironze. join charlie on her mission to ditch her fairy. i loved this book! it was funny and i loved all the interesting words that justine larbalestier used! charlie is a very likable character that the readers can relate to. this book is absolutely worth your time! if you liked this book and are looking for more books about fairies i recommend wings by e.d. baker and wings by aprilynne pike and if your looking for more books about magic i recommend bras and broomsticks, tattoo, and need,
resugo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlie is a great character. I adored her. She is dedicated to her cause, funny, and has attitude. I loved watching (reading) her grow and change through the course of the book. Everything Charlie wanted at the beginning, by the end she has a new perspective of and appreciation for.Ms. Larbalestier builds a cool, made-up country, as well as a cool, made-up school. (At least I think it's a made up school. I'd never heard of a sports school like Charlie attends, but maybe they exist?) Both are believable, as are the fairies. I love how the fairies are accepted as a fact of life by most, but that there are still skeptics who believe it's a bunch of phooey.I did find the repetitive counting of events/demerits at the beginning of each chapter rather tedious, especially near the end. I loved listening to the book. Kate Atkinson was fabulous. I believed I was listening to a fourteen-year-old. I especially loved listening to her Australian accent. And the accent is necessary with all the Australian slang. (At least I'm assuming it's Aussie slang, I wouldn't really know. I suppose Ms. Larbalestier could have made it up?)
deslivres5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun, quick read from the author of the "Magic or Madness" trilogy. The author creates a world where some people believe they have personal fairies, with varying success. Having a fairy endows you with one particular type of luck -- a great parking space in the case of the main character, Charlie. Even though this may seem like an innocuous piece of luck, it has its downsides. Charlie works hard at various schemes to rid herself of her fairy, hence the title of this novel.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a cute YA book. Its set in ,as the author says ¿an imaginary country perhaps a little in the future.¿ It had some interesting slang and am glad she put a glossary in the back to explain what these words meant but she did use one of my favorite words ¿ discombobulated¿ and it was fun to see someone else use it.This was a light fun read I liked the different fairies the ¿Parking Fairy¿, ¿The Shopping Fairy¿, ¿The All-Boys-Will-Like-You Fairy¿. It was cute to see how you can be jealous of someone and find out that what they have is not all its cracked up to be. If you have teenagers who like a light fun read I recommend this one!
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fourteen-year-old Charlie hates her fairy. All it does is help find great parking spaces, and she doesn't even drive. She wishes she had a cool fairy like her best friend, who has a shopping fairy, or like her arch-enemy Fiorenze, who has a fairy that makes every boy fall in love with her. So, Charlie sets out to get rid of her fairy, in hopes that she'll end up with a new, better one once the old fairy is gone.While not the best YA I've ever read, Larbalestier weaves an entertaining story about friendship, acceptance, and perseverance. The characters were realistic, and the plot device of "everyone has a fairy" wasn't so over the top as to feel out of place in the otherwise real-world context. My only real qualm with the book was the made-up dialogue, which I know isn't unusual in some YA books where the setting isn't *exactly* a contemporary city as we'd know it. The author did include a glossary in the back of the book, however, which I appreciated.Overall, while it wasn't a remarkable book, it was a fun read and probably the best thing I've read from Larbalestier so far.
Ynaffit27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would definitely consider this a book for middle schoolers. The writing was easy to read. I liked the concept of the fairies and thought the book was humorous. I sometimes think the author re-used words too much.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlie Steele can't drive. In fact, she hates cars. But she has a parking fairy, and on account of this, she has spent most of her life in cars helping people get good parking spaces. Charlie's friend Rochelle has a clothes-shopping fairy, and her arch nemesis Fiorenze has an all-the-boys-like-you fairy which helps her steal Charlie's crush. Charlie would settle for a loose change fairy just to get rid of hers, so she embarks on a mission. When Plan A fails, Charlie is ready to try the unthinkable - she goes to Fiorenze's house to follow up on a rumor that Fio's parents have studies on fairy-ditching. Plan B, however, throws Charlie in over her head and it's not long before she has teamed up with Fio to solve this fairy problem once and for all. How to Ditch Your Fairy is a truly clever book - Larbalestier has built her world with the sort of care that allows the reader to settle in for a nice, long stay. Her characters are truly teenage, with all the bumbling and insecurity that comes along with being fourteen. They even have their own lexicon of slang, which Larbalestier manages to blend in rather well, though it is sometimes quite nice that she has a glossary in the back of the book. These characters are easy to fall in love with and to root for. I would not be surprised if this isn't the last we hear from Charlie et. al, nor would I be opposed to reading another of their stories.
Basbleu0 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a disappointing novel for me which could have been much better written. Although the premise was an amusing one, the characters were so lightly sketched as to have very little interest. I began to wish that there was a "Let's Get This Over As Quickly As Possible" fairy which would save me the bother of reading to the end.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My sister told me I was going to love this book, and she was right. Larbalestier has created a wonderful world within the confines of her novel. In some ways, it reminded me of her husband's (Scott Westerfeld) Uglies series -- but in all the good ways. The story focuses on Charlie and her problems with her fairy. She runs into trouble: with friends, boys and, of course, trying to get rid of her fairy. But Larbalestier writes Charlie in such a way that you never really get annoyed with her problems. Instead, you want her to win -- to figure out how to ditch that fairy of hers and get the boy in the end. I almost hope she writes more in this universe, maybe not the same characters, but the same world. Even if she doesn't, this is a great and fun fantasy novel.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The world building in this is really interesting, a city where kids go to schools according to any talent they might show, a sports school, or an arts school, and where all the emphasis is on becoming a famous person, an 'Our'. Also, some people have invisible fairies, that give them help, being charming, or never dropping a ball. Charlie's parking fairy is nothing but trouble - and she is desperate to get rid of it.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlie has a parking fairy. She's 14, and she hates cars, but whenever she gets in one whoever is driving gets the perfect parking spot. Why can't she have a cool fairy like Rochelle, who has a shopping fairy, or Fiorenze, who has an all-the-boys-like-me fairy? So she's been walking everywhere for about two months, hoping to get rid of her fairy and attract a new one, but it's been making her late everywhere and she's been racking up demerits like crazy. Meanwhile, she wasn't able to make the basketball team, a boy she likes has been all over Fiorenze (because of her fairy), and if she keeps getting demerits, she'll be suspended from her games. What's a girl to do?This was a fun, light story that I gulped down in about two days. It was funny, and though the premise sounds somewhat silly it's still something you can relate to. I wouldn't call it quite fantasy, but I would recommend it to those who didn't mind stretching credulity a bit (the sort-of "nowhere place" some time in the future helps).
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one's fun fun fun! In a world where many people have personal fairies granting them the ability to have all the boys like them, never drop a football, always find the perfect clothes at the perfect price, Charlie is mortified at having a parking fairy (guarantees her a parking spot.) Charlie doesn't even have a car! But everyone, including the school bully wants her to ride with them so they can get parking spots. So Charlie hatches a plan to trade fairies with someone else and when that doesn't go as planned she risks her own safety to try to ditch her fairy. You'll be laughing aloud at this one and trying to figure out what kind of fairy you have. By the way, I have a every-cat-in-the-world-likes-me fairy!
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the city of New Avalon, located in an alternate world, where people have personal specified fairies, fourteen-year-old Charlie (Charlotte) Steele is having a hard time. She¿s a first-year at the highly prestigious and strict New Avalon Sports High, and she has a parking fairy. She guarantees that whatever car Charlie is in, that car will find the perfect parking space, right when you need it.A parking fairy is so NOT what a girl like Charlie wants. Not only is it not fun, it also attracts attention from Danders Anders, a slow-minded star athlete who loves to ¿borrow¿ Charlie for his car rides. Charlie would much rather have something like an all-the-boys-like-you fairy, the one Fiorenze Stupid-Name has. Stupid-Name is so nicknamed because she is annoying when she attracts attention from all the guys. It gets even worse when the new boy, Steffi, whom Charlie befriends, falls for Fiorenze as well because of her fairy.How far is Charlie willing to go in order to ditch her fairy? And what¿ll happen if she succeeds?HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY was so much fun to read! Justine Larbalestier does a great job of creating engaging characters who act their age. Charlie is a genuinely relatable fourteen-year-old who worry about making the team and whether or not people like her. The world in which this story is set is fabulous, a success brought forth by the combination of language (lots of slang here, maybe Aussie? Not exactly sure but they add to the book¿s atmosphere), description, and quirks (have you ever encountered such a regimented and sports-oriented high school? I didn¿t think so). Overall, a story well done and highly recommended.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A light and fun read, though I found it a little difficult to get used to the invented lingo - doos, spoffs, pulchy, etc. Eventually I picked up on their meanings (only to discover the glossary after finishing the book). The story didn't really pick up until halfway through when the girls actually swapped the fairies.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know why, but I absolutely loved this book. It was funny and had an interesting setting that kept me involved. Basically, in this world everyone has an invisible fairy (most everyone) and they do certain things for you such as - find a parking spot every where you go, or make all the boys your age fall in love with you. There's problems that arise with these two fairies in particular and two girls team up to figure out how to rid themselves of these nuisances of fairies.
thelittlebookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and thought it was cute! It's kind of like every other teen cutesy book, although better than a Meg Cabot cause the heroine knows what she wants and goes for it and doesn't get all stupid like Cabot's girls are want to do.Charlie is at an all sports school in New Avalon, a vague futury kind of city where people have fairies that help them do stuff. She has a parking fairy (that lets the car she's in find a good spot) and hates it. So she is walking everywhere to deprive it of its purpose but, later she gets a little more proactive about it. Also there is her crush on the new boy Steffi and Fionzene Stupid-Name (not her real last name) who has a every-boy-will-like-her fairy and makes all the girls jealous and hateful. There is lots of New Avalon slang to deal with and that is distracting at first but, once you catch on, it's really fun. All in all, a really doos (cool) book!
Jellyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's some really cool things in this one. This is my second Larbalestier, having just read Liar.It takes place in a country and city that doesn't really exist -- that she says is sort of a cross between the US and Australia. And it's also slightly in the future. So it has somewhat of a science fiction feel to it.. and actually, if she'd provided more of a scientific explanation for the fairies, it could be science fiction. So I classify it in the same camp I put Diane Duane's Wizardry series. Technically fantasy, but it really reads like science fiction to me.Charlie goes to a sports school, so her entire curriculum is centered around sports, and she's on several different sports teams simultaneously. And of course with a school like that, you're health and diet is pretty regulated and all. And it's also very disciplined, so she keeps racking up demerits.At the same time, almost everyone has a fairy. And she has a parking fairy. Whatever car she's in, it always gets a really good parking spot. She thinks this is a lame fairy, so hence the title of the book. She's trying to get rid of it, so she can get a better one. Like one of her friends has a shopping fairy and helps her get really cool clothes for great prices.I was intrigued by the idea and I liked the world. The book did leave me a little confused by the end. I wasn't quite sure what was up with that Andrew kid. And it also left me wanting to know more about the fairies, so I hope she's planning a sequel.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in a world that's not quite the U.S., and not quite Australia, Larbalestier has created a small city populated by self-centered folks who possess "fairies" which bless them with odd and interesting talents. A few people have no fairies. Some have relatively common sorts such as the "finding lost change" fairy or the "good hair" fairy. And some have helpful talents, for instance a "getting out of trouble" a.k.a. a "not getting caught" fairy. But fourteen-year-old Charlie's fairy is just awful - blessed with the ability to always find a parking place but lacking a license, Charlie's walking everywhere these days in an effort to starve her fairy. Her hope is that if she doesn't feed it's need to park, it'll eventually fade. But when circumstances conspire against her she's willing to try anything to get rid of the useless blessing. Only problem? Uncertain death may be her only way free.Charlie is self-centered, has boys on the brain and an annoying vocabulary, and the plot is more than a bit weak. Just not that interesting.
pokylittlepuppy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meg's other Christmas present! Thanks Meg!The thing I liked best about the story was that I didn't know how it would end until it ended. It is a younger read than other teen fiction books, so a lot of developments are pretty straightforward, but I liked being genuinely excited by whatever would happen to their fairies.Fairies huh? One of the weaker points I think was the handling of fairies as a religious idea, which makes sense but didn't really make sense. There's not really two ways about it based on the things that happen in the story, and there's a few more fascinating ideas mentioned once that I'd prefer hearing more about. (The idea that fairies have only existed for a few generations could be a good world-builder.)I liked how I read the first paragraph like five times because I didn't know if something magical was happening, something futuristic, something Australian, or something funny. (It's something funny.) Also, the book just has something about it that's great. I love the title, I love the cover. I love the little chapter header gimmick. It's just right.
twonickels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have an ulterior motive for reviewing How to Ditch Your Fairy. Writing a review gives me a good excuse to post the book¿s amazing paperback cover. Go ahead and take a minute - get a real good look at that sucker. Take that, Tinkerbell! Now, we all know what they say about books and covers. But we¿re going to ignore that for the moment - I¿m giving you permission to judge this one. Because this book is very funny, a little bit subversive, and just sweet enough for some bright purple cursive script.If you live in New Avalon and you¿re unexpectedly good at something, you¿ve probably got a fairy. It could be something amazing, like Rochelle¿s clothes-shopping fairy. It could be something mostly useless, like a loose-change-finding fairy. Or it could be something that gets you unceremoniously stuffed into the back of a massive hockey player¿s car every afternoon, like Charlie¿s parking fairy. Charlie doesn¿t have a car. Charlie doesn¿t even LIKE cars, and she sure is sick of the smell of gasoline that seems to follow her around. When Charlie finds out that her arch-enemy Fiorenze is trying to get rid of her all-boys-like-you fairy, they hatch a plan to make a switch.New Avalon is just different enough to make things interesting in Larbalestier¿s world - and Steffi, the love interest, is conveniently new to town. His presence both provides a way to add some exposition about the many quirks of New Avalon, and also gives a voice to the readers¿ questions and frustrations about the local customs. Steffi makes a great voice of reason when everyone around him goes on about the Ours - New Avalon¿s local celebrities - or when the rules and restrictions at Charlie¿s school seem way over the top. He¿s also helpful for translating the slang, which I found sometimes clever and sometimes just distracting.Charlie attends the local sports high school, where calorie counts are mandatory for all students, discipline is tight, and getting too many demerits means missing game time. And Charlie absolutely thrives on all of this. It was one thing that made her feel very different from character in many YA novels, where creativity and a quirkiness are the character traits that are glorified much of the time. Some people prefer having rules to follow and high standards to strive for - and it¿s nice to see one of those people show up in a book every once in a while.The novel initially raised a lot of wonderful questions about the fairies. For one thing, not everyone in New Avalon believes that they exist, and no one really knows what they are, where they come from, or why some people have them. There seems to be some religious aspect to the fairies - people who don¿t believe in them are not likely to have one, and are sometimes called ¿agnostics.¿ Fiorenze¿s mother is a fairy expert, and Charlie and Fiorenze are guided by her extensive research. But Tamsin¿s research is not just practical - it is ethical as well. She brings up some questions about the possible consequences of switching fairies. I was intrigued by a lot of these questions, and I wish they had been explored a little bit more - they mostly fall by the wayside as the story¿s action takes off.In the end, this was a good light read that I thought had the potential to be something more. But don¿t let that take away from the fun of the story. It¿s well worth reading for the luge scene alone!