Title: How to Ditch Your Fairy
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Premise: In a world in which everyone has a personal fairy who tends to one aspect of daily life, fourteen-year-old Charlie decides she does not want hers--a parking fairy--and embarks on a series of misadventures designed to rid herself of the invisible sprite and replace it with a better one, like her friend Rochelle's shopping fairy. (King County Library System)
Opinions: I thought that this book was so funny. This is a world where almost everyone has a fairy that helps them with some aspect of life. (A loose-change fairy, a never-be-late fairy, a clothes-shopping fairy). Charlie has a parking fairy. Now if you are an adult, this sounds pretty awesome. But to 14 year old Charlie, it is the worst fairy ever. She is constantly being used so people can get good parking spots. Even to the point of kidnapping her.
I thought that it was delightful to read and I really enjoyed the characters and the premise. It also made me think about what type of fairy I would want. (Some of them sound great, others sound pretty obnoxious!) It wasn't super deep, but it was highly entertaining and I definitely recommend it.