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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  4,315 ratings  ·  725 reviews
Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy - like a specialized good luck charm - is vital to a person's success. It might determine whether you make a sports team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for fourteen-year-old Charlie, having a parking fairy is worse than having nothing at all - es ...more
Hardcover, 1st U.S. ed., 304 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
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Steph (Reviewer X)
Aug 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Steph by: Jocelyn
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
Jun 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
May 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to Ditch Your Fairy is a very cute book!
It's for a middle grade audience.
Our protagonist is Charlie (short for Charlotte), who is 14.
In Charlie's world, many people have fairies -- unseen beings who help their human in some way.
Charlie's best friend has a shopping fairy.
Another friend has a never-get-into-trouble fairy.
But Charlie has a parking fairy -- no matter where she goes, she will get the perfect parking spot.
Charlie can't drive, and she's sick of being a passenger for anyone who want
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was ok

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
Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 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.

Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be really cute. It's definitely geared more towards younger teens I would say, but even as a 30 something I enjoyed it.

The author has created a whole new alternate world, that has similarities to ours, but vast differences as well. Of course, the most prominent being the existence of fairies, but also there is a whole new "slang" for the kids in the book. Doos is cool and injured is uncool and so on. Luckily, the author has put a glossary of sorts in the back of the book if
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

D.M. Dutcher
Aug 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad-novels
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.

14-year-old Charlie lives in the fabulous city of New Avalon in a world where most people have a personal fairy of some sort. The abilities granted by the fairies vary quite a bit, and include such things as allowing you to hear only music you like no matter what's playing, guaranteeing you'll never be late for anything, or you'll always find loose change when you need it, or granting you great hair every day. Charlie's fairy, however, is a parking fairy, and unlike her friend Rochelle's clot
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
How to Ditch Your Fairy is more fun than popping bubble wrap but still offers brain food, making it a highly accessible book both in and out of the classroom.
In New Avalon, almost everyone has a personal fairy that gives a particular brand of luck – but 14-year-old Charlie’s perfect parking fairy is more harm than help; she’s not old enough to drive herself and she’s sick of people borrowing her when they need to find a good parking spot. The lengths she’ll go to in order to ditch her fairy and
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Maria V. Snyder
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Yacine N.
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-book-ever

The people that you least expect in the story, turn out to relate to the character more than ever. Even if they are the villain or archenemy.

Example: “I don’t have any friends,” Fiorenze said. “Except boys. And Rochelle. But she’s friends with everyone.”
“So why me?” I said again, to make her answer my question.
“Because you know what it’s like to have a fairy you hate. You’re serious about getting rid of it. You’re the only one I can share this with.”

Fiorenze was Charlie’s archenemy,
Kai (CuriousCompass)
I read this book YEARS ago but I still think about it all the time. It's hardly the best thing I've ever read and in fact it gets a mediocre 3 stars from me for some serious flaws and plot holes, but the world is intriguing and the concept in general is just so good and weird. It feels like someone smoked a ton of crack and wrote some speculative fiction and somewhere along the road a publisher caught wind, slapped an inappropriately girly middle grade style cover on it, and called it a day. Thi ...more
Oda Renate
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
2.5 rating.
I was recomended this years ago on meg cabots blogg, and well not all her recomendations are good ones.
I liked the concept but not much else.
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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
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
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book ' How To Ditch Your Fairy ' by Justine Larbaleister, is about a fourteen year old girl who lives in a world alot like ours but with some major differences. Charlie is an average high school student who lives in New Avalon and attends her local high school. In this book, some of the people who live there were born with invisible fairies which give them extra talents some good and some bad. Charlie got a parking fairy when she was born. She's fourteen, can't drive, doesn't like cars, and ...more
Steph Su
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
14-year-old Charlie is plagued by the stupidness of her fairy - a parking fairy. Whenever she's in a car, the driver finds a great parking spot. What use is that to Charlie? She'd rather have a shopping fairy like her best friend Rochelle (great clothes; amazing bargains), a never-be-late fairy, a never-fumble fairy, a good-hair fairy. Even a loose-change fairy (one of the commonest) would be fine. (Not everyone believes in the invisible creatures - Charlie's dad, for instance, figures these thi ...more
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Justine Larbalestier is an Australian young-adult fiction author. She is best known for the Magic or Madness trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic Lessons and the newly released Magic's Child. She also wrote one adult non-fiction book, the Hugo-nominated The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (Best Related Book, 2003), and edited another, Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentiet ...more

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