Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True – Sarah Strohmeyer

how zoe made her dreams (mostly) come true sarah strohmeyer

Title: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Source/Format: Library / Paperback, 320 pages
Opening Sentence: “There was no getting around the fact that Tinker Bell was a little bitch.”
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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?

I really loved How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer. I liked it more than I was expecting, honestly, after I was unable to get more than a handful of pages into Smart Girls Get What They Want.

I don’t think I’ve read a book quite like HZMHD(M)CT before. The story was charged with drama but still managed to hang onto its funny and ultimately feel-good plot line. Sure, sometimes the events felt too good to be true, but I think it pushed the story forward and really made it seem like a fairytale. That’s not to say it was unrealistic. In fact the dynamic between the characters was so great. There was a lot of competition in Fairyland and it was written brilliantly. I could see all of it happening.

The characters, for the most part, were likable and very relatable. From the very beginning I knew exactly who I was on board with and who I didn’t like. As mentioned before, there was a ton of competition all over the place throughout the book. It was wonderful to see everyone in that situation. Obviously it’s not like The Hunger Games, but in some ways it was just as brutal. It was so nice to read something like that where there’s a lot at stake but on a more “domestic” level. It was super interesting just to see how all these teenagers acted and what they would do to get what they want. I really enjoyed it.

While I was reading I had absolutely no idea how everything was going to wrap up and end and, to be completely honest, I can’t say I saw it coming. I loved everything about the ending. Is it likely? I’m not so sure about that, but it made me feel good and boosted my feelings for the book substantially. I wish I could wipe my memories and read it again.

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True was a quick, feel-good novel with a lot of charm. It’s perfect for a lazy day or as a rebound after a particularly hard book. If contemporary is your thing I urge you to read this one. I loved it. Maybe you will too.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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