How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
There was half a page at the top of every single chapter that was dedicated to a running list of accomplishments in the narrative, such as “number of conversations with the boy I like” and “number of school demerits”. What a waste of paper, especially considering the categories in the tally are so unimportant that they change every few chapters. If the reader needed a running tally in order to follow the narrative, they would never make it through the book. If the narrator needed a running tally like that, she wouldn’t be able to express such an otherwise-great narrative.
The story in this book is the least interesting thing about it – the world the author created and all the subtle mysteries and unanswered questions of its universe (Why is the entire city of New Avalon so unbelievably self-centred? Why have fairies only been around for a few generations?) are what make me want a sequel.
If you lived in a world where everyone had a personal fairy, what kind would you want? A clothes-shopping fairy (it finds you the perfect clothes at an unbelievable price)? A loose-change fairy (pretty self-explanatory)? A never-getting-caught fairy (you can get away with anything …)? Unfortunately for Charlie, she’s stuck with a parking fairy – if she’s in the car, the driver will find the perfect parking spot. Tired of being treated like a personal parking pass, Charlie devises a plan to ditch her fairy for a more useful model. At first, teaming up with her archenemy (who has an all-the-boys-like-you fairy) seems like a good idea. But Charlie soon learns that there are consequences for messing with fairies – and she will have to resort to extraordinary measures to set things right again.