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How I Found the Perfect Dress (Morgan Rawlinson #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  307 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Maryrose Wood follows up her hilarious hit Why I Let My Hair Grow Out with another irreverent, teen angst-filled, girl-power romp.

On a bike tour of Ireland last summer, Morgan Rawlinson fell for Colin, the hunky guide, and entered a portal that turned her into the goddess Morganne. Now she's back to her painfully normal life and her relationship with Colin has fizzled to t
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Berkley
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Dec 15, 2009 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't read the first book in the series, stop reading this review. It might contain some slight spoilers.

Maryrose Wood had done it again! How I Found The Perfect Dress was a wonderful blend of comedy, romance, frienship, and mythological creatures. Once again, I couldn't stop reading about Morgan's crazy life.

Morgan is back in the United States this time and Colin shows up too. He has somehow been affected by Morgan's half-goddess powers and it has made him sick. Now Mor
Morgan Rawlinson recently discovered she’s the goddess Morganne. It led to a number of interesting adventures in Ireland, but she has not had contact with any faeries since returning to Connecticut. She’s learning to drive, helping to plan the junior prom, and trying to explain to her little sister Tammy whether or not Santa is real. Then Colin, her guide and crush from Ireland, comes to UConn for a robotics competition. Unfortunately, Morgan’s favor made him a target to the faeries.

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Morgan is back and the only thing that's different is that her hair is longer!

While quite a bit of time has passed since her adventures in Ireland, and she is now an ocean's length away, Morgan still feels like it was just yesterday that she was frolicking with the fairies and biking across Ireland. The worst part is she's away from Colin, the guy she fell for while on the bike trip. Yes, they've exchanged the odd email here and there, but their relationshi
Wood, M. (2008). How I Found the Perfect Dress. New York: Berkley Jam.


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Appetizer: It's winter and several months after Morgan's bike trip across Ireland (See Why I Let My Hair Grow Out for that particular adventure). She and Colin still email one another, but Colin's notes are arriving less and less often. That is of course, until an email reporting that he'll be visiting Morgan in a few weeks arrives. But his arrival is not exactly the ideal reunion, because Colin spends e
First off I want to say I didn't really love this book as much as I did the first one. But it was an okay book, I read it but for me it was a slow read cause I just had to kind of force myself to finish it cause I already had What I Wore to Save The World on hand so I really did want to love it but it was one of those books that I kept putting down and didn't want to get it again. But once I kept reading it I started to like it a bit more. I love Morgan's character and I just loved her little si ...more
Things have been disappointing anticlimactic for Morgan Rawlinson after a pretty unbelievable summer—in more than one way. Last summer, she discovered that she was a half-goddess, not that she’s got any cool magical powers or anything like that. Last summer, she fell for Irish hunk Colin, but all that’s come of that is the occasional bland email—that is, until Colin announces he’s coming to none other than Morgan’s home, Connecticut. But things aren’t so bright and cherry with Colin; he’s mental ...more
Morgan is back and the only thing that’s different is that her hair is longer! While quite a bit of time has passed since her adventures in Ireland, and she is now an ocean’s length away, Morgan still feels like it was just yesterday that she was frolicking with the fairies and biking across Ireland. The worst part is she’s away from Colin, the guy she fell for while on the bike trip. Yes, they’ve exchanged the odd email here and there, but their relationship has pretty much fizzled out. Now all ...more
Although I didn't adore it in the same way that I adored the first, "Why I Let my Hair Grow Out," this series continues to be very fast-reading fun indeed. Morgan is back from Ireland & starting her junior year of high school by trying both to reconnect with her former best friend & get her mind off the incredibly awesome boy she met over the summer in Ireland, Colin. But that becomes distinctly more difficult when she learns that Colin is coming to Connecticut to participate in a roboti ...more
I’m a fan of the series, but I have to admit that I enjoyed the first novel a lot more then its predecessor. How I Found the Perfect Dress still had the signature style of Wood’s writing, but the storyline wasn’t as captivating as Why I Let My Hair Grow Out.

Perhaps it’s because Connecticut isn’t as magical a setting as Ireland. I mean you don’t hear much about faerie lore from Connecticut. I was also disappointed the way the faerie world was connected to the mortal world, it seemed flat and rand
Real rating: 4.5. I really liked this book! It was a great sequel, but it wasn't quite as good as the first book. I wish there had been more of a faery presence like in the first book and the faeries that did show up were...uh...yeah. Don't even get me started on Queen Titania. I would have also liked to see more resolution between Colin and Morgan.
This was a great sequel to Why I Let My Hair Grow Out! It was just as fun and hilarious as the first. It was fast-paced and action packed! I love Morgan so much! She is such a great main character she was feisty and fast on her feet and when she complained it was funny instead of annoying. Colin was just as awesome as the first book and Finnbar really grew on me. I loved getting to know Morgan's friend, Sarah, better. Their friendship was quite funny. The plot was twisted and unpredictably but o ...more
I have not read a young adult romance since I was a teen and I was surprisingly enchanted with this whimsical tale of magic and love. I would recommend this book and the rest of the series about Morgan for teen girls. I’m tempted to read the rest of them myself!

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This book was very endearing. I liked Morgan, the protagonist, because although she was a little boy-crazy, it was in a relatable way; all the drama seems very real. I also loved the conversations she had with her best friend because they definitely reminded me of ones I've had! All in all, a nice quick read.

Plus, well, Colin is just adorable, what can I say.
I liked this book a whole lot better than the first one (Why I Let My Hair Grow Out). First of all, there were a lot less cuss words. Also, it was fresh how Morgan/Morganne saw things the way they were and didn't have to high of expectations.
Perhaps if I had read the first book, I would have found the characters and plot charming but as I had picked this up by itself I did not. I am seriously bored by faeries. A pity, as I have enjoyed other books by this author.
Sarah Stokes
Very awesome sequel to Why I Let My Hair Grow Out. Morgan is back and this time Colin is coming to Connecticut. Very cool book with twist of mythology and overall a fun, light read.
This one was WAY better than the first. The exact opposite of a sophomore slump! I hope there is a third...and fourth...and fifth...many more.
This book was hillarious! Morgan is so funny, and I love how she chooses to handle everthing that being a half-goddess entails.
Yazmine Castaneda1024
loved it wont say anything else cz i dont want to spoil it for anyone i just know MUST READ!!!!
A decent continuation of the story of Morgan and Colin... Now off to read the 3rd book!
Miss Kate Reads
Chuckle-inducing and sweet, this was enjoyable and a little bit magical.
Fun, funny, fabulous. I love Morgan and her crazy faery friends.
I wish the library had the first book!!!!
Jul 30, 2008 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
A humor filled journey, great like the first one!
3.4 lol

Much better then the second book :)
Sarah Mae
A satisfying sequel in a light, faerie series
Mar 27, 2008 Rachel marked it as to-read
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Maryrose grew up in the wild suburbs of Long Island, moved to New York City at age 17 to study acting at New York University, then dropped out to be in the chorus of a Broadway musical — which flopped.

Lean and action-packed years of acting, directing, and making drunk people laugh at comedy clubs followed. Becoming a writer seemed the only way out of this Dickensian existence.

Maryrose started out
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Other Books in the Series

Morgan Rawlinson (3 books)
  • Why I Let My Hair Grow Out (Morgan Rawlinson, #1)
  • What I Wore to Save the World (Morgan Rawlinson, #3)

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