Title: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: April 23, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True was such a cute fairytale like novel. Strohmeyer made this novel original by creating a fairytale like setting in a contemporary novel without making it into an actual retelling. Zoe and her best friend/cousin get accepted to work at one of the most prestigious internship opportunities in the summer, at the Fairyland Kingdom Theme Park (Think Disney land with every single fairytale ever written coming to life). Zoe ends up working for The Queen as her personal assistant while Jess ends up playing little Red Riding Hood #2, a far cry from the princess role she wanted. However what is ironic is that living and working in the theme park IS like a fairytale, with all the drama, backstabbing, and plotting to win the grand prize at the end of the internship.
Everyone at the kingdom is fighting to win the 25 thousand dollar Dream & Do grant. I personally hated how when Zoe was caught in the Forbidden Zone (FZ), a place that, if found in, enables an automatic expulsion from the program, by an intern, the threatening notes emerged and the whole atmosphere of the novel turned into a dreaded one. I just wanted a feel good novel, not a novel where everyone was stepping on everyone else just to win. Also, while I enjoyed The Queen's antics, she sometimes was the worst of them all. She seriously reminded me of The Queen from Snow White. I have to say, Zoe was great; She was always looking out for Jess and trying to up Jess's chances of winning the grant because she needed the money. She was totally admirable here. Also, I loved the relationship between Zoe and Jess and how even with the misunderstandings and the rumors people told her about Zoe, she never believed them and always confirmed the information with Zoe and believed whatever she said.
In terms of the romance, I have to say it wasn't as cute as in Smart Girls Get What They Want, Strohmeyer's other contemporary novel that I read and loved last year. However Ian, the love interest, had charm, in his own way. At some points I did feel annoyed by him but that is only because of the way the plot was unfolding and Strohmeyer not giving us all the information we needed. Other than that, I thought he was pretty cute and very fun to be around. I definitely enjoyed the moments between him and Zoe. The ending was very unexpected, I have to give it that. I had around 15 pages left and was like "HOW the hell is this novel going to wrap up in just 15 pages?" but the twist came and it left the stupidest grin on my face! I did hope for more closure though, especially on what will happen after Zoe and Jess end the internship but it was a decent ending. I definitely recommend it to contemporary fans and fairytale lovers!