Title: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Date(s) read: August 1 – 2, 2013
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: Publisher (eARC)
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?
Thank you to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss for an eARC of this book for review!
Ah, theme parks. Who doesn’t love a theme park? The rides, the food, the characters in costumes … it’s all great! I think this is why I was so excited to read How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer. I expected a light romp through fairytale land with some romance along the way and was happy that that was what I got.
Seriously, this was a cute little book. I loved that the theme park was kind of like Disneyland, but not really — and don’t mention the “mouse” — and that the characters were all characters from fairytales. Well, they were real people underneath those costumes, but there were princes and princesses, wolves, and a whole cast of characters that worked in the theme park under the watchful eye of the “Queen.”
I loved the characters in this story. Zoe and her cousin Jess had such a great friendship and it was great seeing Zoe work so hard to make things right for her cousin — even if it meant working for the Queen, who was QUITE the character. Really, this book made me think of The Devil Wears Prada because the Queen was very much like the evil boss in that book — demands, demands, demands!
The only thing that didn’t seem realistic to me — and this might be because it’s a YA book and I tend to have this issue — is the fact that pretty much everyone who worked at the park was a teenager. I really had my doubts that someone like Zoe would be put to the task of being at the beck and call of the Queen, with her ridiculous demands. Also, some of the things that happened could be reported to the labour board. BUT even though these things got to me, they really didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the story. I mean, it is a YA book — there will be teenagers.
Honestly, by the end of the story I was having such a good time and I was so happy to be introduced to the work of Sarah Strohmeyer. There was romance, friendship, and a whole lot of fairytale goodness — a sweet, Cinderella-type story. It might not be my favourite YA book of all time, but it was light and exactly what I was looking for. I will for sure be reading more of Sarah’s work in the future when I’m looking for a fun romp of a time!