How I Found the Perfect Dress

How I Found the Perfect Dress

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by Maryrose Wood
     
 

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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

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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 the occasional e-mail?until he writes saying he?s coming to Connecticut?just in time for the prom.

But when he arrives, he?s exhausted. It seems that when Morgan crossed the portal as Morganne, a spell was cast on Colin. In his dreams he?s being forced to dance ?til dawn with the faeries, who want to boogie with him for eternity. Somehow she has to break the spell on her date, help plan the prom, and find the perfect dress. Oh, what a night?

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VOYA - Valerie Ott
Teenaged girls who like a little fantasy with their romance will thoroughly enjoy this sequel to I Let My Hair Grow Out (Berkley Jam, 2007). Almost-seventeen-year-old Morgan has returned from Ireland where she met Irish hunk, Colin, and discovered she was a half-goddess. She is delighted to hear that Colin will be visiting her hometown to compete in a contest at a nearby college, but Morgan's infatuation with Colin brings him to the attention of mischievous fairies who cast a spell on him. Dancing with the fairies in his dreams every night leaves Colin exhausted and confused. A series of clues and visits to faerie-dom help Morgan discover that the enchantment can be broken at the Spring Fairy Ball, but only if Colin wears a magical pair of shoes made by a leprechaun. Morgan is torn between two worlds as she conspires against the fairies to save Colin and tries to find the perfect dress for her junior prom, which happens to be the same night as the Spring Fairy Ball. As a half-goddess, Morgan must carefully balance the real with the fantasy world. Wood skillfully balances the plot, mixing real-world elements, like arguing parents and boy troubles, with magical elements, such as talking garden gnomes and leprechauns. Although hardcore fantasy fans might find the story a little thin, it is charming enough to win over those who have never tried the genre. The romance is also light, making this amusing and delightful book appropriate for girls of all ages. Reviewer: Valerie Ott

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425219393
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Series:
Morgan Rawlinson Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Maryrose Wood grew up on Long Island and moved to New York City at seventeen. She also writes for theatre and film. Her work as a lyricist and librettist has won prestigious awards.

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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 relationship has pretty much fizzled out.

Now all Morgan has to worry about is the upcoming Junior Prom. While all she really wants is for Colin to be her date, she knows that it's not going to happen. That is until she gets an email from him telling her that he's coming to the States. Of course, Morgan is excited, but the moment he steps off the plane Morgan can tell that something is wrong. Colin seems to be exhausted. Morgan soon finds out that the fairy folk cast a spell on Colin, making him dance with fairies every night. Any hope Morgan had of taking Colin to prom vanishes when she discovers this, as she knows he won't want anything to do with dancing, let alone have the energy.

The fairies better look out though, because Morgan is determined to have Colin as her date -- and she will find a way to break the curse!

When I finished WHY I LET MY HAIR GROW OUT, I really didn't think it could get much better. Well, I stand corrected, because the sequel outdid the first book. I mean the first one was awesome, but this one was even better.

Morgan returns as funny as ever and definitely doesn't disappoint. This book is completely irresistible and unforgettable. Lately, I have found myself thinking about the events of this book over and over again; they seem to just be cemented in my mind and certainly have no intention of leaving! There was nothing that could've made me put it down. The fantastical mix of magic and romance is still great, but we also get a bigger picture of reality as Morgan returns to high school.

I highly recommend this book as it will take you into another world, but then snap you back into reality just like a good book should! For fans of fantasy, romance, and just plain good books, go and walk....no, run!, to your nearest library or bookstore and grab a copy. This book will certainly not disappoint and will take you on an adventure not even feasible in your wildest dreams!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think this book was quite as good as the first one. We've still got our spunky heroine who gets into loads of magical and real world drama. we've still got the cute leading man who is witty, handsome, and has a delicious accent. And we've still got our energetic plot that's loaded with twists, which although far-fetched, add a certain charm to the story. The thing that's lacking is something that I'm not really able to put my finger on. I think it might be that this whole book is just a continuation of the last one. And to that you might say well isn't that what the second book in a series is supposed to be? And I'd answer well...to some extent, yes, but really it shouldn't be. I like it when a sequel keeps references and characters from the previous book yet still adds a whole new dynamic to the story. Like the addition of a new main character, or perspective would have been nice. I just felt like all of the magical fantasy, Colin is cute, Morgan is wacky, stuff was getting a little old. I wanted a new book that would bring something different to the table than the first one did. But yes, this book was good and enjoyable, and even though it might have been lacking something I would've liked it to have, I can't deny that it was still a fun and light book that will captivate you just like the first one did. I love my fluffy books so I'm hoping the third one will satisfy me a little more than this one did.