How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True

Paperback | April 23, 2013

bySarah Strohmeyer

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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 façade 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.
 

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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 façade of the fairy-tale themed amusement park (cough, Disneyland, cough)...

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When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they've hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?Once Zoe arrives, however, she's assigned to serve the Queen—Fairyland's bo...

Sarah Strohmeyer is a bestselling and award-winning novelist whose books includeHow Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True,Smart Girls Get What They Want,The Cinderella Pact(which became the Lifetime Original MovieLying to Be Perfect),The Sleeping Beauty Proposal,The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives,Sweet Love, and the Bubbles mystery s...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062187457

ISBN - 13:9780062187451

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect blend of The Devil Wears Prada and theme parks! Thank you to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss for an eARC of this book for review! Ah, theme parks. Who doesn’t love a theme park? The rides, the food, the characters in costumes … it’s all great! I think this is why I was so excited to read How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer. I expected a light romp through fairytale land with some romance along the way and was happy that that was what I got. Seriously, this was a cute little book. I loved that the theme park was kind of like Disneyland, but not really — and don’t mention the “mouse” — and that the characters were all characters from fairytales. Well, they were real people underneath those costumes, but there were princes and princesses, wolves, and a whole cast of characters that worked in the theme park under the watchful eye of the “Queen.” I loved the characters in this story. Zoe and her cousin Jess had such a great friendship and it was great seeing Zoe work so hard to make things right for her cousin — even if it meant working for the Queen, who was QUITE the character. Really, this book made me think of The Devil Wears Prada because the Queen was very much like the evil boss in that book — demands, demands, demands! The only thing that didn’t seem realistic to me — and this might be because it’s a YA book and I tend to have this issue — is the fact that pretty much everyone who worked at the park was a teenager. I really had my doubts that someone like Zoe would be put to the task of being at the beck and call of the Queen, with her ridiculous demands. Also, some of the things that happened could be reported to the labour board. BUT even though these things got to me, they really didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the story. I mean, it is a YA book — there will be teenagers. Honestly, by the end of the story I was having such a good time and I was so happy to be introduced to the work of Sarah Strohmeyer. There was romance, friendship, and a whole lot of fairytale goodness — a sweet, Cinderella-type story. It might not be my favourite YA book of all time, but it was light and exactly what I was looking for. I will for sure be reading more of Sarah’s work in the future when I’m looking for a fun romp of a time!
Date published: 2013-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a cute contemporary read. Pick this up for a great beach read! Originally posted on http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/ When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they've hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want? Once Zoe arrives, however, she's assigned to serve "The Queen"-Fairyland's boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money. Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe's job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams? From the second I read about this book I knew that I definitely needed to read it because it has a fantastic synopsis that sounds like a great contemporary romance, and I am a sucker for those kinds of books!! I knew that I had to read this immediately so I didn’t waste anytime picking this up when it was released. I am very glad that I chose to do so. Let’s talk about the adorable cover for a second. I am in love with the muted colors and it is so darn cute how could you resist. The title is definitely a mouth full (I normally shorten it down to just Zoe) but after reading the book you will agree that that everything just works from the title to the cover it fits so perfectly in my mind. Let’s start talking about what I liked…basically everything. I enjoyed the characters I loved that Zoe was very selfless. She was the type of character that would put everyone else above herself. She truly cared about her cousin and wanted to do everything that she could to help her get the grant. I like that Zoe felt like a real person she was torn by the loss of her mother, but didn’t let it overwhelm her. She dealt with it, and worked on it over the summer. I also loved the Queen’s character she was hilarious and really over the top (think Miranda from the Devil wears Prada mixed with Snow white’s evil step mother but subtract some of the evilness) She was a great addition to the story and I loved reading everything she said. I also loved the setting. Think DisneyWorld for Fairytales. I can’t believe this isn’t actually a theme park because I bet that it would work. The concept was fantastic. I love that the security guards were known as “Trolls” instead of patrols. I love that everyone took the job so seriously. I love that Zoe had to scour the mail, newspapers and magazines for any hints of “the mouse” It just all built this great world that I wouldn’t mind visiting. All the little details that she added to the story really made it that much more special. I thought the pacing of the story was great it only took me about a day to finish the book because I flew through it, and the ending kind of leaves it open for the possibility to have another book. I would absolutely love to revisit these characters again. I really hope that Sarah Strohmeyer writes another book about Zoe because I will definitely read it. Ok what I didn’t like…That the book was over too soon. I wanted to know more about the characters and see more of this world. Also some of the second tier characters were a bit annoying but that was minor. If you are looking for a great summer beach read this is the book for you. It’s a great contemporary romance with great world building. If you liked this you might also want to check out Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill, This is What Happy Looks Like and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.
Date published: 2013-06-18

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