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How to Ditch Your Fairy

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  3,736 ratings  ·  660 reviews
At New Avalon, everyone has a personal fairy - some less desirable than others: Charlie's fairy ensures that she always has a car park, which seems to pale in comparison to Fiorenze's all-the-boys-like-you fairy. Hilarious, original, enchanting, this is urban teenage humour at its best


'Rochelle gets a clothes-shopping fairy and is always well attired; I get a pa
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 2009 by Allen & Unwin (first published September 16th 2008)
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Steph (Reviewer X)
Ah, crap, this is gonna be a long one.

Favorite thing: The world building. Top notch. Now, I’m not sure this is fantasy so much as it is ... I don’t know. Supernatural? Futuristic...something? What’s the term?! It didn’t feel like fantasy anyhow, this New Avalon place. In many ways, it was inspiring to read about it—not only because of what was original (fairies), but also because certain aspects of their society are blatantly (or subtly, depending on how you view it...) parallel to existent ones
This was lent to me on audio which was a mistake - not the lending the having to listen. I was looking forward to this book because it just sounded cute. Not to mention the cover looked interesting. (yes I know.. reading a book for the cover is like trying wine for the label/bottle - dicey at best) The story started out well then fell apart. By the end it felt like the author had gotten a phone call about the deadline and went uh.. ok we'll do this and this and ok done! and popped it in the mail ...more
Now I know the concept of the book was aimed at people half my age, so I'm not going to go near that. I had two main problems with the book, the first being the awful made-up slang terms.
Now, slang can be annoying, but it generally follows certain rules that make it easy to figure out. For example, "cool" is a word that slides off the tongue quite easily, while "wicked", "awesome" and "bubbly" all jump from your mouth with the same exuberance they portray. However, Larbalestier's use of "pulchit

The story was face paced at times and really dragged through other parts. Overall, it's cute and those interested in "other worlds" and magic would like this read.

However, the "other world" is poorly constructed. The invented language is not done well and not interesting (in fact, it's just frustrating to read since it's so poorly done). The characters are hit and miss, and I didn't find myself caring a bit about Charlie. I thought she was a bit of a whiner. Perhaps most irritating, though, w
Sep 20, 2008 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12-15 year olds and anyone who likes a cute, quick read
This book was a true giggle, set in a country that's not really Australia and not really the United States but sure seems similar to both. At New Avalon, kids work hard and go to very specialized schools, the center of this book being New Avalon Sports High, where they spend 10 hour days being monitored for everything (including calorie and protein intake, etc) and training in all manner of sports (well, mostly summer sports since it doesn't ever snow in NA) and taking classes like statistics (s ...more
I didn't initially put this on my to-read list for the AWW2012 challenge as I hadn't heard of Justine before, but I found this at the library and decided to go ahead and add it.

The story is set in New Avalon, a fictional city set in a mish-mash world of Australian and Americanisms. There is cricket, rugby, luge and waterpolo, as well as quokkas and other odd things so it is a little more Australian than anything else, but there is something there that doesn't appear in our world, fairies.

Charlie has a parking fairy. For a fourteen-year-old who can’t even drive, a parking fairy is pretty useless. Charlie would much rather have a shopping fairy like her best friend or even a bathroom fairy. At least that way she’d never have to go to the restroom in the middle of a movie. Charlie always smells like gasoline and people constantly bug her to go places with them so they can benefit from her fairy and get great parking spaces. Charlie has had enough. She has decided - NO - vowed to ge ...more
I'm starting to think that Larbalestier should give up the novel business and become a professional blogger. Other than Liar (which was phenomenal), it looks like her novels are going to be mostly mediocre. Her blog, however, is actually really cool. It's probably my favorite author blog since Phoebe North stopped blogging, and it's the primary reason I'm gonna continue reading Larbalestier novels. But I've accepted, at this point, that none of them are going to be even remotely as good as Liar ...more
D.M. Dutcher
You had me at parking fairy, but you lost me with the rest of the book.

Charlie is a sports loving girl in the city of New Avalon who has a problem. You see, everyone seems to have a fairy. These fairies are invisible, and are like the angels in Timothy Zahn's Angelmass in that they influence things. What they do varies from fairy to fairy. One girl has a shopping fairy, which lets her get beautiful clothing for criminally low prices. Another has one that makes all the boys her age like her.

Charlie is more than a little obsessed with New Avalon Sport High, a school with a strict regime and little patience for infractions. Every student at New Avalon is or has proven to be a stellar athlete on their way to fame (at least New Avalon fame) and life in the public eye. They’re exceptional competitors, but there’s something even more curious about New Avalonians that separates them from the rest of society—even those living on the other side of the coast: they have personal fairies.

How To Ditch Your Fairy is written by such a great author - so what went wrong? I was excited to read this book but now I have I am so thankful that I borrowed it from the library. Because, truth be told, I don't think I want to pay money for it.

Oh it's sweet, quirky and blah blah. But sort of 'sweet' in a *gag* kind of way and quirky in a *raise an eyebrow* kind of way.

In short, I could not relate to any of the characters and wanted to tell Charlie to suck it up. She was extremely whinny. I w
Maria Snyder
This was a fun book to listen to. Especially since I was recently in Australia and the reader's accent was Australian. The plot was funny and different - in this world everyone has a fairy and the main character wants to get rid of her parking fairy (always finds the perfect parking spot) for something better - like a shopping fairy or boy fairy. Worth the
I think this book is more for 12-14 year olds. All the made up words annoyed me and I felt like I couldn't concentrate. I'm sure younger kids would enjoy it more than I did.
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Summary: In the city of New Avalon, most people have a fairy that helps them with something, like finding loose change or great clothes at bargain prices. 14-year-old Charlie has the lamest fairy of all, so she sets out to ditch it. All is going according to plan until she gets a crush on a new boy at school, who then falls victim to another girl’s every-boy-likes-you fairy.

Review: In the language of New Avaloners, this book was vastly doos!
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 7/22/12:

First, I love this cover. It just makes me laugh and perfectly captures the mood of this read. It's silly, fun, and teaches some valuable lessons.

Charlie lives in a world that is a combination of the US and Australia. What makes her world so different from ours is the existence of fairies. Some people are lucky enough to have fairies to assist them with some element in their life while others remain without a winged h
From the first page I felt like I was having to learn a new language. Sure, I could read every word on the page, but just the slang and lingo was throwing me a little off kilter. I thought there was a cool idea going here, but some of the follow-through was a little rough. I could see the author had a vivid picture in her mind and for the most part, she successfully described her world to me. There were parts where I was slightly confused and the aid of some cleverly placed background informatio ...more
Margo Berendsen
This is not your average paranormal YA, even though it involves fairies. Well, it sort of involves fairies. You'll never see one, hear one, or fall in love with one in this book. They have no personality, no form or appearance, but they do cause havoc in teenager's lives.

This is a world very similiar to ours, where almost everyone admits to the existence of fairies, but no one has ever been able to prove their existence by actually catching one. When a fairy attaches itself to you, it gives you
This is a charmer of a novel by the author of the Magic and Madness trilogy. In New Avalon, almost everyone has a fairy of their own. The fairies are invisible and some people question whether they exist, but 14-year-old Charlie knows that hers does. Since she was tiny, she has been able to find a perfect parking space for whatever vehicle she is riding in. She hates it! Not only is it awfully inconvenient to always be asked to find someone a parking space, but she smells faintly of gasoline too ...more
I had expected a cute story about a girl with a less-than-desirable fairy and her attempts to switch fairies while she attempts to get through high school. I had questions on how she manages to team up with her archenemy, imagining Fiorenze to be one of the popular girls. I imagined something similar to Freaky Friday or any of those movies where 2 characters swap places.

Little did I know that the high school in question specializes in sports, Fiorenze is far from popular (but she might be perfec
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I very much enjoyed reading this novel. It's well written and very cute. The story is about a 14 year old girl named Charlie who has a "parking fairy." Said parking fairy allows her to find the perfect parking spot no matter how crowded a parking lot is. But Charlie loathes cars almost as much as she despies being used by her friends and family to find said parking spot. She is on a mission to ditch her fairy, however, she gets a little more than she bargened for in the end.

The lingo in this nov
Steph Su
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 att
How to Ditch your fairy is set in an altered world, where of coarse, fairies are real and are attached to a particular person, even thought the fairy cannot be seen. Charlie's fairy is a parking fairy, which she hates, because everyone makes her ride with them so they can always get a great spot to part. Her best friend has a shopping fairy so she can always find the best outfit at the best deal. So Charlie is trying to get rid of her fairy because she believes she will be able to attract (or re ...more
What a terrific book! Vivid characters - strong gals, lively guys, flawed parental figures, all facing challenges and working out how to be better people. I suppose the theme could be summarised as 'be careful what you wish for'. The world-building is terrific - it's a very clear, well laid-out universe, populated with a multicultural cast and all genders and persuasions. What's particularly good about that last part is that it's very fluid and natural and never becomes burdened by being heavy-h ...more
Nov 28, 2008 Shelley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trin, Heather
Recommended to Shelley by: Sarah Rees Brennan
Shelves: fantasy, youth
This was clever and fun. It opened with a lot of futuristic slang, which usually turns me right off, but I kept going. In New Avalon, a futuristic hybrid of Australia and the US, citizens have fairies that help them in their lives - never get cold fairy, find loose change fairy, etc. Charlie is stuck with a finding a parking space fairy, but at age 14, she can't even drive. She's stuck being borrowed by drivers, including school bully Danders.

At the start, this seemed to be setting up a lot of
I enjoyed it, but this one is not for everyone.

New Avalon is much like the real world (the author says it's neither the U.S. nor Australia!), but almost everyone has a personal fairy. These personal fairies can only do one thing, but each is different. Charlie, who is only 14, and won't be able to drive for years yet, has a parking fairy. Her best friend has a shopping fairy, which is much more useful, and her least favorite classmate has an all-the-boys-like-you fairy.

Since her fairy is only
I quite didn't finish this one before I passed it off to an interested teen, but I was really enjoying it. I look forward to getting it back.

Charlie lives in a slightly futuristic America/Australia, where everyone has a fairy. You might get an awesome fairy, such as the all-boys-will-like-you fairy or the clothes-will-look-great-on-you fairy. Or like Charlie, you might get stuck with a crap fairy, like the every-car-you're-in-will-find-a-great-parking-spot fairy. As a 14-year-old who can't even
Hysterically funny!

Larbalestier has created an amazing world in New Avalon, a place where everyone has a personal fairy. It might be a fairy that helps you find good deals shopping, or locate loose change, or always have good hair. For most it's a blessing, but for some it's a real burden.

But even beyond the fairy dilemma, this is a clever book! The world of New Avalon is very different: the clothing, the school systems, the slang, everything is original and interesting. I could read scads of ot
Rach Arthur
Two reasons you should read this book:
1. It has near-death from bobsledding. Enough said.
2. The fairies aren't pink and sparkly, and their giggling doesn't sound like the wind tinkling against bluebells.

It's a little too hip with the lingo (We get that New Avalon isn't part of 'our world'. Say "that's so doos" one more time and I'll rip out your tongue and strangle you with it) but that's my only real complaint. It won't be winning the Pulitzer Prize any time soon, but if it gets a few kids to
Jeremy Preacher
Diving into YA is much like getting into cold water for me. The initial shock of being in an adolescent's head again nearly stops my heart, but five minutes later I'm paddling happily around. How to Ditch Your Fairy is such a very adolescent book, too, from the Whedonesque invented teen slang to the shallow romances to the oh-so-high-school obsession with status. All things I loathe, and yet this is such a damned charming book.

For one thing, the slang is great. I am all for repurposing five-doll
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