HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY: Justine Larblestier: Bloomsbury: Young Adult: 307 pages
Charlie lives in a world in which everyone has an invisible fairy that bestows its human with a very specific gift. Charlie’s fairy guarantees that she always finds a good parking spot, a gift that Charlie’s friends, family, and schoolmates use to their own advantage, causing Charlie to resent the gift. Desperate to rid herself of her fairy, Charlie joins forces with Fiorenze (who has an All-the-Boys-Like-You fairy) and the two take drastic steps to rid themselves of their fairies.
After a somewhat slow start that requires an adjustment to the vocabulary of the fictional New Avalon, this story becomes a funny, quirky read.