by Justine Larbalestier

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Most people have a fairy which charms them in some way. Charlie's best friend, Rochelle, has a clothes shopping fairy which always scores her amazing deals (when it isn't raining, anyway). Charlie's romantic rival, Fiorenze, has an all boys will like you fairy which overrides their usual dating tastes. Charlie, much to her annoyance, is stuck with a parking fairy. If Charlie is in a car, whoever is driving that car will automatically find the perfect parking space, and so people she knows consistently try to "borrow" her to get one. She hates it, and as a result has come to hate cars as well. She'll do anything to get rid of it, even risk her own life.

How to Ditch Your Fairy is a fresh, thoughtful look at the stresses of high school, dating, celebrity culture, friendship, and perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Things like race, sexuality, and gender are treated as non-issues, while honesty and talent sit center stage in the least preachy way I've ever read them. Do your best to push past the abundant use of annoying slang; I promise, it's worth it.

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