Published by HarperTeen on April 23, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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 win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?
Once Zoe arrives, however, she's assigned to serve "The Queen"-Fairyland's boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.
Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe's job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?
What I Thought…
- I absolutely loved Smart Girls Get What They Want so I was pretty excited to read How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True. I did like How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True but it did fall short of Smart Girls Get What They Want.
- How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is a bit ridiculous, but I’m not opposed to intentional ridiculousness in books.
- Strohmeyer knows how to deliver cute and fun. There were plenty of laughs and hijinks. There was a lot of crazy stuff going on, but it was an enjoyable crazy.
- Zoe is one of many kids competing for the Dream & Do grant for college. She is there competing with her cousin Jess. Obviously this puts her (and Jess) in a difficult position because only one of them can win (one girl and one boy is chosen each summer). Zoe is super nice, probably a little too nice at times. She wants the Dream & Do grant for herself, yet she also wants it for Jess.
- I really liked Zoe. She cares so much about doing her job right and about making others happy that you can’t help but like her. I do wish she would have stood up for herself more but hey, nobody’s perfect 😉
- The best part about How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is the characters. They were quirky, fun, sweet and crazy. The craziest one was definitely The Queen. The Queen spent the majority of the time worrying that The Mouse would put Fairyland out of business and she was so afraid of The Mouse that she had Zoe cut out anything having to do with The Mouse out of the paper.
- There was only a little bit of romance in How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, there was more of a focus on friendship. Zoe and Jess have a very strong friendship, they kind where you would do anything to help out your friend. Zoe also begins new friendships with several of the other interns, some of which run true, some which don’t.
- Everything was going along just fine, it was cute and fun, and then when there was about 40 pages or so left things got a bit ridiculous. I know that the story itself is a bit ridiculous but this part was even more so. It also didn’t really fit with the book, there wasn’t any indication (that I can recall) that that was what was going down at the end.
Overall I liked How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True and I would recommend it if you are looking for a cute, light, fun read.