How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Review Source: Edelweiss
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)My Thoughts:
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?
My first thought upon finishing this book is that it was so freaking cute. I absolutely loved the theme park setting -- it was so unique and it added an interesting flavour to the story.
Zoe is such a relatable and fun main character. She wants to work at the theme park because of the good memories she has there with her Mom, who passed away. I liked this aspect of the book because it was a part of Zoe and it affected her, but it wasn’t maudlin or just a plot device.
I basically loved all the different aspects of this book. There was humour and even a little bit of a satire with the description of the park and “the Queen”, who is their Devil Wears Prada style boss. There was lots of drama with the teen interns backstabbing each other to win the annual monetary prize, but it was done in fun and inventive ways. There were layered characters that didn’t fit into stereotypes (e.g. I adored how Zoe's cousin and BFF didn't fit into the typical trope of overbearing and loudmouthed. Jess was flirty but sweet, and I loved how loyal she was to Zoe). I also especially loved who became the real love interest for Zoe: he was so adorable, and they had such great chemistry.
Basically? This book was just fun and entertaining, and it was filled with relatable characters to boot. ‘How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True’ was great fun that I didn't want to end.
Not my fave, but it's cute.
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