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How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,269 ratings  ·  352 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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Fafa's Book Corner
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

Last year I had read the authors book Smart Girls Get What They Want and fell in love with the story and the characters! I was quite happy to see that How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True was in my library. While I didn't like it as much I was hoping to I still enjoyed it!

The book begins with a prologue. Zoe is walking the Queen's dog Tinker Bell. Tink has managed to run off and Zoe is attempting to find her. Zoe crosses into a fo
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is a lot of fun, but I can't help but compare this with Sarah Strohmeyer's young adult debut, Smart Girls Get What They Want. There's a similar structure to both her books, a deceptively light plot hides a surprising amount of character development and ultimately the kind of message my sister always gets behind, but for a few reasons I think Zoe is a step down from Smart Girls. Not that Zoe isn't good, I just think Smart Girls is better.

That isn’t to sa
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
So I will start off by saying that the events of this book are pretty unrealistic & the whole story may be too perfectly wrapped up for some people...but I freaking adored it. I laughed so many times while reading this, and I became way more emotionally invested in it than I expected to. There was not one single moment where I was bored or wanting the book to end. This was honestly one of the cutest things I've ever read, and it made me so happy. The whole story taking place at a Disney
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3.5 stars
Thank you HarperTeen for sending this copy in exchange for review. No compensation was taken to alter of change this review.

'"What do you think I've been doing? I've been blinking so much, my eyelids have biceps."'

My initial reactions upon hearing about this book was... 'yeah that title is way too freakin long to remember.'
Initial reactions upon receiving the ARC, 'holy crud there's gonna be a lot of copying and pasting in this review. I serio
Wendy Darling
Princess-themed amusement park?! I have to check this out.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

Fun, funny, and charming, How Zoe Made Her Dreams... is a book of so much fluff, it might just float off a bookshelf. It's a fast and entertaining read, full of surprisingly developed characters, but unfortunately How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is just not on the same level as Smart Girls Get What They Want. I liked it, but it just didn't have the same impact as Strohmeyer's first. Zoe struggles with some serious issues, and I might have tea
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

I read several of Sarah Strohmeyer’s books before I became a book blogger. While I haven’t yet read her YA debut, Smart Girls Get What They Want, I jumped at the chance to read How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True when it became available on Edelweiss. There are some authors who shouldn’t make the jump from adult to YA, but let me tell you: Ms Strohmeyer is not one of
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

I absolutely adored Sarah Strohmeyer's How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True. Strohmeyer's new young adult contemporary novel is funny, touching, romantic, and as whimsical as the Fairyland Kingdom theme park the novel is set in.

Zoe, the protagonist, is a teenaged girl who has a very close relationship with her happy go-lucky cousin, Jess. Her growth as a character isn't made
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
You know those books that leave you all warm and fuzzy after you finish reading them? Well, that's exactly what How Zoe Made Her Dreams Come True (Mostly) is. It was so freaking cute that by the time I was done reading it, I was left with a grin.

Zoe was a main character who was very easy to root for. She's kind, generous and lovable. Her bubbly personality makes the reader want to befriend her. She was also the kind of person who thought about others before thinking about herself, completely sel
"I'd learned that getting most of what you wish for in life is often as good as getting it all."

What's not to like in How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True? It's a story set in Fairyland, a princess-themed amusement park. Every summer, the park hires interns to take part of the roles of different characters, ranging from the royals, the princesses and princes, to the animals and ordinary characters. And Zoe and her cousin and bestfriend, Jess, are hired! Jess badly wants to be a princes
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
What I Liked

Just about everything. Honestly, this book is insanely cute and funny and basically the perfect summer read. Everything was spot-on, from the quirky humor to the sweet romance.

My favorite part of the book was definitely "The Queen," Zoe's high-maintenance boss. She cracked me up, with her drama and claiming that she hasn't eaten sugar in 20 years (when she has it in her tea every morning). She has so many hilarious lines! She's kind of like Meryl Streep's character in The Devil Wears
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*Review published on Page Turners Blog on 6/1/13*
*actually 4.5 stars*

Okay confession time, I read this story right after we came back from our Disneyland vacation. Our family is hugely obsessed with anything Disney and while we had an amazing time, we did run into one grumpy Disneyland cast member. And it did make me think, how can they keep up that level of happy pretense during their 9-hour shifts? Well, Sarah answered that and more in her perfect-summer-read story, How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mo
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I was intrigued when I heard that this book takes place behind the scenes at a princess themed amusement park. I have always thought that working at one of these places would be a total nightmare and the in and out of costume drama that occurs at Fairlyland definitely provided some twists and turns to this story. While the idea that a park would be staffed almost exclusively by high schoolers is a bit far fetched, it did not take away from my enjoyment of this story at all. There were s
Reread 2021: So I decided it was high time to re-read this one! And boy I am glad I did, because this was so much fun, and because it has been almost 8 years after, I didn't remember a lot of details so a lot of things were fresh and new again and I just love love that. Zoe was a great character and I did feel sorry for her that she had to be an intern/assistant to the evil Queen. I loved the apt name of the dog: Tinkerbell given what that dog does. Haha. I loved the romance. I loved the mystery ...more
Amy Lou
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
~4.5 stars
Honestly, I did NOT have high expectations for this book. It’s a cutesy romance, it has a somewhat embarrassing cover, 3 stars tops. BUT NO. It’s cute, absolutely, but I loved all of the other elements as well. Along with the adorable romance (which doesn’t actually even come into play for about half of the book), the characters are developed, relationships are explored, and there’s a DRAMATIC contest with CRAZY drama kids. For 25 grand. Fun, right? Not to mention, a fabulous ending, w
Jennifer Girard
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2017, own
This book was everything I wanted! A theme park, many Disney references (*the mouse*) a small mystery and some drama! I wasn't expecting that and I'm so happy it wasn't only a romance! The romance part is actually only a small part of the book! ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: april-2013
*This is an ARC review*

I have heard really great things about Sarah Strohmeyer's YA release Smart Girls Get What They Want, so I was excited to get the opportunity to read an advance copy of her latest book How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True. It looked like it would be a funny contemporary YA read, in other words, the kind of book I LOVE.

Unfortunately, while there were some funny moments in "Zoe", it turned out to be a book that wasn't for me. I think that there will be other readers wh
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
2.5 Stars

Review originally posted on Quinn's Book Nook

There are certain books that I read not really expecting them to be very realistic all the time. Certain romances and fluffy books are like that. Take The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, for example. Do I really think a young teen girl from the U.S. is a princess? No, of course not, but it’s a lot of fun, and I don’t really mind. I went into How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer with that mentality – that not everythin
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (mostly) Come True is like an ABC Family Cinderella movie in book form. You know, A Cinderella Story, Another Cinderella Story, A Singing Cinderella Story, A Dancing Cinderella story (I will shamelessly admit that I have seen all of those movies). This book is a Fairytale Theme Park Cinderella Story, complete with real princes and princesses (yes even a Cinderella!). How Zoe Made Her Dreams (mostly) Come True is similar to those over the top, addicting ridiculous
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
** An advance reader copy was provided by the publisher (thank you!)**

I love how Zoe made her dreams (mostly) come true, but y'all, I'm an even bigger fan of how Strohmeyer made my dreams (ALL) come true with this delightfully witty, cute, romantic read! I knew I was in for a sugarful delight, because after reading Smart Girls Get What They Want a few months ago, I was completely hooked. Sarah, you can release a book called 'brusselsprouts' and I'll be first in line.

This book had everything goin
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Find this review and others at Lost in Literature!

Fairy tales aren't always all giggles and glitter. Not when there's a naughty prince on the loose, breaking rules and causing havoc. Zoe just wants to help her cousin/BFF win the coveted prize, the Dream & Do grant, but with all of these obsticles will she be able to accomplish what she dreams of?

Zoe was instantly likeable to me. She was awkward and fidgety and clueless at times, though she succeeded in getting the job done! Then we have super qu
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
HOLY ZOE is all I have to say! Man this book was so hilarious that I had a pain in the side of my stomach from laughing so hard. I had tears running down my cheeks and my son asked me if I was okay. Man I needed a refreshing funny read after I read some serious books. This one book is a MUST READ because poor Zoe she thinks she is getting one thing and she ends up getting another and it is so dam funny because it was like watching Jane By Design the TV show only the boss was one piece of work.

Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

SO sweet and cute! I loved this book! It was the perfect light romance that just had me smiling.

I loved the idea behind this book. It was a lovely idea that was perfectly executed.

Zoe was a wonderful character. She was very likable and easy to relate to. She has a very humorous, yet realistic, view of things. Her comments about the situations she was caught up in had me laughing out loud. Honestly, there is nothing
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads, owned
This book was A++++

I wasn't expecting this at all!!

I've had this book in my kindle for ages and never read it; I don't know why but I kinda thought that I probably would not enjoy it... well, I was DEAD WRONG!!

These are my kind of books, which not everything is about a girl and boy's unheatly relatioship.

This book was about loyalty, it was about friendship and what are we willing to do for our family and people we care about.

The conclusion was WOW™ (quoting the book).

I actually was surprised be
Mar 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
Adding based on Mitch's review and Strohmeyer's reply (msg 3). Will keep for a time when I need fluffy + good character development. ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Reread and loved it no less😌
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
What a fun read! I read it in one sitting. Story takes place in a fairy tale theme park in NJ. The characters are student interns who are hoping to get a cash prize at the end of their time. Combine tens with life and it will take you back to high school. A fun and easy read for teens and adults alike.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Andrea at Reading Lark
*4.5 Rating
Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/21/13: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2013/...

I adored Sarah Strohmeyer's YA debut, Smart Girls Get What They Want, so I was eager to get my hands on this one. I was expecting an interesting premise, strong female characters, a healthy dash of romance, and some wit. Strohmeyer delivered! If you're looking for a sweet, clean summer romance - this is the book for you.

Zoe is still reeling from the death of her mother, but she decides to pack away her grie

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True came extremely surprising, introducing a cast of characters that I fell in love with.

While I've never read Strohmeyer's Smart Girls Get What They Want, I have heard enough praise for it, and for Strohmeyer is general, that I was fairly confident going into How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True that it'd be a book I'd enjoy.

And enjoyed I did - and so much more.

When cousins Zoe and Jess are accepted as summer interns at a Fairyland themed park, th
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Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of 18 novels for young adults and adults, including the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT and THE CINDERELLA PACT, which became the Lifetime Movie, LYING TO BE PERFECT.
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