Monday, February 18, 2013

Jen's Thoughts: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

Published: April 23, 2013
Balzer + Bray, paperback, 320pgs
Source: Edelweiss
Amazon Summary: Like Meg Cabot, Sarah Strohmeyer has a gift for creating smart, funny girls teen readers love. She’s done it again with Zoe, heroine of her latest romcom. In YA novel How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, Zoe learns there is a dark core under the glittering fa├žade of the fairy-tale themed amusement park (cough, Disneyland, cough) where she’s a summer intern. For starters, her boss has a blacker heart than Snow White’s stepmother, and the other interns are worse backstabbers than Cinderella’s step-sisters. On the upside, she has the chance of romance with a real-life Prince Charming, and a shot at winning a big heap of cash. If she can just live through a summer in the Fairyland Kingdom.

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is two things:
a) a mouthful.
b) EXACTLY how I want all my YA contemporaries to be: short, sweet, full of snappy prose and wit, and butterflies-in-your-stomach romance.

  • HELLO. It takes place at a theme park. A fairy tale theme park. With a crazy Queen who legit thinks she's royalty and has hilarious and outrageous demands for sweet, spunky Zoe. And nearly 300 Fairyland Rules to abide by (like the princesses may not gain or lose over 3lbs. LULZ YEAH RIGHT I QUIT.)
  •  Zoe is a fantastic character. She's generous and selfless and has a top notch sense of humor. If Sarah Strohmeyer's other titles are this peachy, sign me UP.
  •  The Queen's antics are highly enjoyable. Hands down my favorite character in the story, her pseudo-antagonistic ways kept me smiling the whole way through. I do love me an evil wench!
  • HZMHD(M)CT can be finished in one fell swoop. Looking for a quick read that will give you the feel goods? Shazam. You found it.
  •  There's a mystery involved, but I experienced a tiny bit of whiplash with all the back and forth.
  •  I had to suspend reality quite a bit for this one. Not that it was necessarily a bad thing. The ending came as a real surprise for me, but it was kind of a stretch.
To Wrap Things Up
How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is an enjoyable contemporary with a witty protagonist that will have you throwing mental knuckle bumps left and right to commend her quips. Plus, the Fairy Land setting makes it all the more magical (and crazy. SERIOUSLY. Does Disney World have the same ridiculous requirements for their staff?!) ZOE is perfect for a weekend afternoon where you want to step into a warm, fuzzy book for a couple hours.
I'll definitely be checking out Sarah Strohmeyer's other titles.

Got it Covered
Loving the font. And honestly? I don't hate almost kissing couples on covers. In fact, I almost ENJOY them. But I cannot get on board with this guy's 1998 Lance Bass frosted tips. I CANNOT.


  1. Hahaha - Laughing at the Lance Bass comment but I'm TOTALLY WITH YOU on that LOL.
    This one sounds really great! I'm definitely keeping my eye on this one :)

  2. Hey lady! This is going to seem silly to comment on, but I like the format of your review a whole lot. Love how straightforward it is. I haven't read anything by Sarah, but I think I should add this to my TBR. Not thrilled about the back and forth feeling with the mystery, but ya know, sometimes those kinds of things can be overlooked if the rest of the book makes up for it. Have a great week!

  3. This one looks way cute, Jen. This is exactly the type of contemporary I love. I'm glad it has your seal of approval.

    Like Magan, I also love your review format. The highlights/lowlights idea is really a great idea!

  4. HAHAHA, I actually thought of Donnie Wahlberg when I saw the guy and it was totally the hair and the shirt because it looks like the faded denim I would expect from the Hangin' Tough days.

    I've grown to love good contemporaries, but romcoms are something that I'm still growing into. I've only found two, I think, that I really liked and actually thought were funny (Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill & Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway). If you liked this one, though, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for it. Sometimes good, light, reading is what I need.

  5. OH GOOD. I got this one for review and hadn't read anything else by her and wasn't sure about this one. Def saving this for a day when I need something cute, light and fun!

  6. You had me at theme park.
    I can't believe I hadn't heard of this before now, but it's SO on my TBR now. Thanks for putting it on my radar, Jen :]

  7. The Lance Bass comparison in the last line made me laugh, take a second look at the cover, and laugh again. Seriously, that needs to be fixed.

    But other than that, this sounds so cute! I love that it's set in a theme park, which is always awesome. And even though it sounds a touch fantastical, I do think I'd have a lot of fun reading it!

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