How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer
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?
The one word I would use to describe How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is fun. This book isn't going to change the world or anything, but it will definitely provide a few hours of entertainment to the reader. I mean, just look at the summary above. Doesn't The Devil Wears Prada set in Disney World just sound so entertaining?
The setting of this book is actually not Disney World, but Fairyland, a theme park based on fairy tales. There are the standard princesses: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, etc. as well as characters like Red Riding Hood, Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk fame), Puss 'n Boots, and Hanzel and Gretel. The characters are played by aspiring actors in high school, at the theme park for a summer internship program. Putting a bunch of teenagers in a situation where they have to dress up as fairy tale characters and entertain kids everyday is, of course, going to result in shenanigans and drama, which is an absolute delight to read about.
The main character, Zoe, is given the most important role of the internship program: the Queen's assistant. The Queen runs Fairyland, and is...high-maintenance, to say the least. Zoe is sent on a long string of crazy errands as she attempts to please the Queen, which is where The Devil Wears Prada comes in. I was disconnected from Zoe enough to find her situation humorous, rather than stressful. With some books, it's so easy to get lost in the mind of the protagonist so that the character's problems become the reader's problems, but with this book, I was able to just enjoy the book and watch the story unfold. A big part of that was the way Zoe handled the situations she was in. She always remained optimistic, and she told the story in a funny way, which made this book cheerful and hilarious.
While I didn't absolutely adore this book, I enjoyed my experience reading it. There are no dull moments in How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, and I especially love the little mystery of the Prince Charming's identity. This book is a loose retelling of Cinderella, and Zoe encounters a guy who, because of the circumstances surrounding their meeting, she can't identify. There is also a little taste of romance, which is cute and charming. This book is filled with humor, fairy tales, adventures, cute boys, and friendship, with a bit of a mysterious edge.
If you're in the mood for a light and fun book, I recommend picking up How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True. It's short and sweet and entertaining, and I dare you not to enjoy it!