Monday, March 16, 2009

Review: How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

As you may (or may not) know, I'm part of the Aussie YA Alliance with fellow Aussie book bloggers Adele and Allie. A few weeks ago we featured Justine Larbalestier's How To Ditch Your Fairy.

As part of the feature which included an interview with Justine, we all read the book and discussed it together, in an exciting and interesting 'reviewchat' in which we discussed and reviewed and said all sorts of fun things.

Adele: HTDYF is a departure for JL from her normal genre. Were either of you familiar with her other works?
Allie: No, this is my first novel by JL.
Adele: Mine too
Lisa: Familiar in that I've heard of them...haven't read them though.
Adele: So what did you expect the book to be like prior to reading?
Lisa: I figured there would actually be fairies, with personalities.
Adele: Yeah, I was expecting there to be clearly delineated fairy characters also.
Allie: I thought that it would be a cute fairies story. :)
Lisa: It was almost as though they were all crazy and it was all in their heads because none of the other places had fairies.
Allie: Everyone was a little brainwashed.
Allie: And arrogant...
Lisa: Well Charlie was at least
Adele: I loved it when Steffi told her that they were all self-obsessed and narrow minded. She needed to hear that
Lisa: Steffi was too good for her haha
Allie: She did need to hear it. Maybe a little more though, it took a while for it get through
Adele: I thought he was too good for her too. I didn't really see why he would be interested in her. The kissing scenes were a little off putting too, especially when he's in "zombie mode" but I guess that was the intention
Lisa: She was very self obsessed
Allie: Steffi was my favourite, but I didn't see why he didn't run from that crazy town. XD
Adele: Do you think the intention was to have someone have that kind of sports obsession one-track mind in all areas of her life? Let's face it we all know Aussie sports crazed individuals who would see their footy team like Charlie saw her home city of New Avalon....

Well, that's a taste. To read the rest of the reviewchat click here

For the record, I give How To Ditch Your Fairy 3/5 stars, it was fun but I had some issues with it.


  1. I won this today, believe it or not. I can't wait for it to get here. :)

  2. this is a great review format, thanks!

  3. Good review! I'll be looking out for this, fo sure.

    p/s; I loveee your sets in polyvore :D

  4. Great review - it's so interesting to read reviews in this format. Thanks, I enjoyed that! (And I want to read the book!)

  5. Really liked how you wrote this review. And although I thoroughly enjoyed her Magic or Madness series, I wasn't a great fan of this book. Even if the idea of personal fairies was so very promising.

  6. This wasn't my favorite book - a little too weird and whine-y for me.

  7. I started this book, and need to finish it!

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