Charlie attends an elite high school for athletes in fictional New Avalon, where she enjoys classes like basketball, cricket, tennis, and fencing, but she loathes subjects like statistics and public relations. Some students enjoy their fairies, like good hair fairies, shopping fairies, or even loose-change-finding fairies. Charlie's fairy finds good parking spots whenever Charlie is in a car, and Charlie is determined to get rid of her useless fairy and find a better one.
This is a fun book with an interesting premise. It might be better classified as science fiction with its dystopian setting, but its focus is self-discovery. It may have some empty calories, but the pacing is quick and it feeds delightful fantasies about being able to make high school a little easier. Each chapter begins with a statistical run-down similar to that of Bridget Jones, but Charlie records things like how many demerits she collects in a day. The book also uses some invented language to further create the illusion of a society that is slightly futuristic.
If my little sister couldn't understand the joy of your body in motion, of making a cricket ball do exactly what you wanted it to, of going under someone's guard and bending the point of your foil into their chest, of hearing the swish of a basket that is all net, then there was nothing I could say to explain it to her. " p. 79
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