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My Fair Godmother

by Janette Rallison

Rated: None

Sixteen-year-old Savannah has it pretty good. She is popular and pretty and dating a good-looking senior guy. But then her older sister, Jane, who has always just been the studious and kind of plain-looking one, somehow ends up with Savannah’s boyfriend. Jane and Hunter feel bad about how they treated Savannah, but they just have a lot in common and are so happy together. Savannah, naturally, feels betrayed and angry.

Enter Chrysanthemum Everstar, aka Chrissy, a fairy. Chrissy is trying to raise her semester grade and become a full-fledged fairy godmother. But she has a history of being more interested in fashion and having fun than paying attention to her classwork, thus making her only a “fair” godmother. She pops into Savannah’s life and tells her she will grant her three wishes.

Unfortunately, Savannah doesn’t end up getting exactly what she’d hoped, spending the duration of her wishes desperately trying to make things right for herself and the other people she’s ended up involving. This mainly relates to Tristan, another student at her school whom Jane and Hunter had been trying to set her up with. Not only do things not go the way Savannah had expected, but they go horribly awry, and Chrissy is often nowhere to be seen, leaving our heroes to solve problems themselves.

Savannah and Tristan have to muddle through until the wishes can finally be “resolved” and fully granted. I have to admit that I did not expect all the wacky twists and turns that the wishes took, mainly putting our jilted heroine in the middle of the most unpleasant parts of Middle Ages-set fairy tales.

This was a cute book, appropriate for most readers. Jane and Savannah have a good sisterly relationship and then must find a way to get past their hurt and bad choices regarding each other, which I really appreciated.

Rated: None. No language; a few chaste kisses.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • My Fair Godmother
  • by Janette Rallison
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Young adult
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