Book Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

16248148Title: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Source: Bought
Pages: 320, Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray)
Rating: ★★★★


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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?


I felt so lucky to have bought this book, thanks to National Book Store, because it was on sale. Seriously, there were a lot of titles from HarperCollins on sale, that I broke my book buying ban. Hahaha! I don’t regret anything though because I really had fun while reading this book.

Zoe, together with her cousin Jess, landed an internship at Fairyland Kingdom. Internship at the theme park meant cute guys and a 250,000$ deal, courtesy of  Dream & Do grant, for Zoe and Jess but the latter landed as Red Riding Hood while the former became the Queen’s lady-in-waiting a.k.a. the boss’s personal assistant. Albeit all that, Zoe tries her best to get Jess to become a princess and help herself (or Jess) get the deal.

Personally, the idea of a fairy tale theme park internship is not appealing for me. Fairy tales are not my thing. Not trying to be a buzzkill or anything but I think the Universal Studios kind of theme park is more my cup of tea *coughs*Wizarding World of Harry Potter*coughs*. I still want to go to Disneyland (aka The Mouse) though. I mean, who doesn’t right? But I’m happy and I really enjoyed that idea as the central concept for the book’s storyline.

The characters of the story are very interesting. They’re well-written. I enjoyed Zoe’s character and personality. She’s a strong one. I also liked Jess and her relationship with Zoe as cousin-slash-bestfriend. Ian is very interesting. I think he’s an ideal guy. He’s got a good sense of humor, he’s kind and he’s an outdoor guy. Although, I have to admit I had doubts about his character.

The other minor characters, I also had doubts like Dash and the other “Princesses”. The Queen was an interesting one. At first, I thought she was nuts but I was glad she wasn’t when I came to the end of the book. The ending was very surprising but I really liked what happened at the end.

The book had me smiling and laughing the whole time I was reading it. Sarah Strohmeyer knows how to write a book aimed at young adults filled with characters with great dynamics.

I recommend this read to all of you out there who wants (or needs) a fun read with smart and witty characters and a dash of romance and intrigue, to accompany you during the weekend.




26791Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of fifteen novels one of which, THE CINDERELLA PACT, became a Lifetime Movie, LYING TO BE PERFECT.
Her first mystery, BUBBLES UNBOUND, won the Agatha Award and THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PROPOSAL was nominated for a prestigious RITA™. Her books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Turkish, Taiwanese and a bunch of others.
Her first young adult novel, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT, will be published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, on June 26, 2012.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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