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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

from Missprint DOT wordpress DOT com

Welcome to New Avalon, the best city in the world--just ask any of its residents. New Avalon has the most important celebrities, the tallest buildings, and the best slang. It also has the best sports school in the country, but you probably already knew that since it has...
Welcome to New Avalon, the best city in the world--just ask any of its residents. New Avalon has the most important celebrities, the tallest buildings, and the best slang. It also has the best sports school in the country, but you probably already knew that since it has a reputation for training future famous athletes by the truckload.

As far as fourteen-year-old Charlie is concerned life in New Avalon is just about perfect, especially now that she's getting to know here totally pulchy and crush-worthy new neighbor Stefan. The only real problem is Charlie's parking fairy.

It's not that fairies are uncommon, far from it. Many New Avaloners have fairies that help with everything from finding loose change to finding the perfect clothes. Some fairies make people charming and famous, some keep them from ever getting cold or losing their grip. Charlie's fairy helps her find a perfect parking space anywhere, any time.

Charlie can't drive. Charlie hates cars. Charlie is tired of always smelling vaguely of gasoline. And Charlie is sick of being passed around to her all of her neighbors going to the doctor or some other important appointment where they need to find good parking.

Charlie is desperate to get rid of her fairy through any means necessary. And sometimes desperate people do stupid things like refusing to help one of the most important people in school and teaming up with their archenemy (and even a few other, more dangerous, things). Only time will tell if it will all be enough to solve Charlie's parking problem in How to Ditch Your Fairy (2008) by Justine Larbalestier.

Larbalestier splits her time between Australia and the United States (specifically New York City) and has written books set in both countries. How to Ditch Your Fairy is set in neither. Instead, Larbalestier has created an imaginary country; an amalgam of the two. The effect is rather like being thrown into the deep end of the pool to learn to swim. The setting, the slang, and the culture are utterly alien and initially quite confusing. (The book includes a character as clueless as some readers will feel about the ways of New Avalon as well as several helpful glossaries at the end of the book.)

While the total immersion is a little daunting at first, it helps get right to the action of the story. Larbalestier introduces a fascinating and foreign city readers will love learning about throughout the story. Even though New Avalon doesn't exist outside of this story, it feels like it does thanks to Larbalestier's expert depiction.

Charlie is also a refreshing addition to the already rich cadre of young adult heroines. She eats, drinks and breathes sports (like most of her fellow students). Charlie's passion for sports is embedded in every part of How to Ditch Your Fairy but there is more to the story, and the heroine, than sports. Some readers will fully identify with Charlie and her enthusiasm for all things sports. Others will appreciate her eagerness because it so clearly reflects the fierce commitment needed to follow a dream.

How to Ditch Your Fairy starts with a familiar girl, a character you could have met anywhere, but by the end of the story it will be clear that this book is completely original and completely entertaining.

Possible Pairings: Alice, I Think by Susan Juby, Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell, Jungle Crossing by Sydn

posted by MissPrint on February 28, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Sure, go and try it out.

i didnt really get past the sixth chapter. it sounds good, but its like, written in a foreign language! dont waste your time, it doesnt make sense.

posted by ajdubnejaj22 on January 1, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2010

    Really Great Book!

    If you like funny teen books with school stuff, friend drama, and boys, this is the perfect book. Great story- since it doesn't take place in a world like ours, but still the same in most ways. I actually won this book from a GirlsLife.com giveaway and after sitting on my shelf for a year I finally read it! I regret not reading it sooner, but it's still an awesome read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

    Loved It!

    Great book! Some exiting twists that you would never suspect! Defenitely worth your money!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Astral! (excellent, wondrous, fabulous)

    In New Avalon, everyone has a personal fairy - like a good luck charm. there are some really doos fairies like the clothes shopping fairy and the every boy will like you fairy, and then there are some doxy fairies like charlie's parking fairy. a parking fairy is no use to charlie because she hates cars and cant even drive yet. charlie will do anything to ditch her parking fairy: never getting in a car to teaming up with her arch-enemy fironze. join charlie on her mission to ditch her fairy.

    i loved this book! it was funny and i loved all the interesting words that justine larbalestier used! charlie is a very likable character that the readers can relate to. this book is absolutely worth your time! if you liked this book and are looking for more books about fairies i recommend wings by e.d. baker and wings by aprilynne pike and if your looking for more books about magic i recommend bras and broomsticks, tattoo, and need,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Is this a good book?

    Is this a good book? I need to know! I love fairies and asked my dad to get this for me! Plz, plz tell me if its good!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

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    I really liked this book. It was funny, and full of things you wouldn't normally see or hear. It gave an insight into how the "Mean girl" really is and how good of a friend they can be. The main characters were well developed and you could relate to them. There were events in this story that could really happen along with things that aren't even possible.!
    I loved this book and hope to read more of this very talented author's books.!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Hall way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    The best freaking book ever!

    So, if you love fairies, love, and a little bit of frienenenemies, then you will love this nook


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    HOW TO DITCH TOUR FAIRY

    I recommend this book to anyone who kows how to read...¿ Do you like good never gonna put this book down books? You will love this book. ¿

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Cute

    Good book if you have nothing else to read, i think the author did make up some words though. But theres a glossary in the back lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Luv this book!

    I havent bought this, but i read it a while ago. I loved the book sooo much, that i want to buy it on my nook for unlimited reading, instead of from my English teacher!

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Ha!

    Omigod it was so funny and ridiculous! The story takes place in this wird country wher faries exist, and the main charecter has a parking fairy! Ha! So funny!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Love and other sports

    Awwweeesssooooommee book! If you have a child who likes stories like this, BUY IT...

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Great book!

    I really enjoyed reading it! Awesome!

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    how to ditch your fairy

    loved this book! Our Justine Larbalestier's story was very doos! Charlie and her friends are astral! this is a book you'll love to read again and again. it is stellar. i really want to read liar now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    SPIFF, SWISHY AND BUBBLY-MAKING!

    This was an awsome story! I loved it! Its my favorite book Justine has ever written. Its up there on my favorite book shelf with all the other Scott Westerfeld books I own! When you finish you will try to figure out what type of fairy you have!

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