Thursday, April 18, 2013

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

Title: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: HarperTeen (April 23, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5 to 4 Stars!

Book Description:
From Sarah Strohmeyer, author of. Smart Girls Get What They Want comes this romantic comedy about one girl's summer job from hell. Think The Devil Wears Prada set in Disney World. 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?

My Thoughts and Review:

If I could just use a handful of select words to sum up this story I would say this was a fun, cutsey, funny read that any lover of YA should read.

Zoe was pretty fun, I really loved all her cheesy puns and one liners. She was loyal and a bit crazy and just yeah,  a really fun character. I know, I know, I need a new adjective but I can't help it that just seems to be the best word to sum up this whole book.

The Queen, Tinker Bell, Ian, Dash, R.J., Jess, this is full of funny, sometimes naughty, a little eccentric, lots of crazy, sweet characters. 

Really I had a blast trying to figure out what in the world was up with the Queen, who Dash really was, if Ian was really charming and what exactly Zoe was going to do about them all. 

There were so many funny moments in this one that I found myself smiling almost the whole way through. In fact, I read this in one sitting it went so fast. 

Strohmeyer did a great job with this and it makes me want to pick up one of her other books to read just because I know I will have a great time while reading it. 


  1. I love that all the characters were so sweet and funny and this sounds exactly like a feel-good read I often need.
    Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  2. I just saw this one over on Nick's blog, and she had much the same reaction to it! I love light, fun reads, they're necessary for me in between all the dark paranormals or dystopians. This one originally wasn't on my must-read list, but it definitely is now! I love a book that makes me smile the whole way through:)

  3. I am glad you are going to give it a go Jenny! I hope you like it as much as I did. :)

  4. Aww this one sounds absolutely adorable and funny. Adding it to my list when I am in the mood for something light and fluffy <3

  5. I saw this when I put it into Friday Forecast for tomorrow. I was just saying that I need a light funny feel good read, Maybe I should try this one?

  6. Heidi as long as you go into this one expecting just that and nothing heavy then I really think you will like this one!

  7. I liked this one a lot too! I think 3.5 stars is about perfect though I rounded mine to 4 too. Her Smart Girls book is even better than this one, I may have even given it 5 stars when I read it last year! She's a great writer!

  8. Ooo I will have to look and see if I have that one Candace!

  9. This one WAS great right? I gave it the same rating and I thought it was pretty funny especially with the whole Queen business! I do have to say that her previous contemporary Smart Girls Get What They Want is AMAZING. If you like this one then you will LOVE SGGWTW.

    awesome review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  10. Okay, this sounds exactly like what I'm wanting to read. I've been in this kind of mood. I just may have to read it!

  11. Great review. This does sound like a fun light read. I just finished a book last night and I love the series, but it had a real cliffhanger and the end that has left me in a WTH was that moment that just won't go away. What's worse is I don't know when the sequel will come out.

  12. I really enjoyed Smart Girls, and have been looking forward to reading Zoe. Glad to know it's worth the read!