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

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 4:00 AM

Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: April 23, 2013

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

I have been wanting to read this book for a long time. So, when I saw that the Kindle edition was on sale, I immediately bought it and started reading it.
This book starts off with Zoe and her cousin, Jess being accepted to be interns at Fairyland Park and being an intern at this theme park can be very rewarding. Every year Fairyland gives out a Dream and Do grant to an intern who shows the most Wow! Spirit

Since the grant is mostly won by Princes and Princess, Jess has her heart set on being a princess. But Zoe is just hoping that the management didn’t make a mistake and that she was actually invited to be an intern.

Once Zoe and Jess get to the park they are giving their assignments. While Jess gets to play the part of Little Red Riding Hood, Zoe is stuck being the lady-in-waiting to the insufferable wicked witch Queen. Zoe learns pretty fast that being a lady-in-waiting is the same thing as a servant and that the Queen isn’t a very easy person to please.

At first there is a tiny bit of a love triangle, but that triangle fades out pretty quickly. While I wish I could say that I had my pick from the start, I didn’t. We really didn’t get to know either guy that good in the beginning. And it’s only after one guy shows his true colors that we get to know the other one and see just how sweet and caring he actually is.
"Be careful, Zoe. The heart is a clever trickster that delights in playing the brain for a fool."

I really liked Zoe as a main character. She was very loyal and compassionate. You could tell how much she cared about her cousin Jess. Especially, in the end. Jess was also a wonderful character. Like Zoe she was very loyal and she seemed like such a caring person.
I also really liked that everything wasn’t as it seems at Fairyland. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes and you don’t find out what they are until the very end. I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just say that I wasn’t expecting any of it.

Overall, How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True was a very fun, light read. If you’re in the mood for an entertaining, quick read, then this is the book for you.





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