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How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True

by Sarah Strohmeyer

Rated: Mild

Zoe and her cousin Jess both land highly sought internships at the Fairyland amusement park in New Jersey, not far from their homes. The internships aren’t paid, but there’s the chance one of them could win the “Dream and Do” grant of $25,000 at the end of the summer. Both girls could use the money, but Zoe really wants her cousin, who’s also her best friend, to get it so she can go to the college she wants to attend.

Interns get to be either princes or princesses or “lesser” fairy tale characters, even the dreaded “furries,” who wear hot animal costumes. But Zoe ends up getting neither: she unexpectedly is assigned to be the assistant to the (evil) Queen, who manages the whole park and appears in the daily parade for kids to boo (think Devil Wears Prada meets Cinderella).

Work for the demanding and scary Queen is intense and nonstop, but Zoe just wants to do everything she can to help Jess get the grant. It’s not made any easier by competition and strange behavior from fellow interns, nor her growing attraction to a certain good-looking guy.

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is a light and fun romp, a quick and entertaining read. It’s pretty much fluff, perfect for summer reading, and full of wry humor.

Rated: Mild, for about 10 uses of mild and moderate language and some kissing. A clean read.

— 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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  • How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
  • by Sarah Strohmeyer
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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