Justine Larbalestier: How to Ditch Your Fairy

How to Ditch Your Fairy is a grass-is-greener fable that uses the device of magical entities to examine the unfairness of innate talents. The fairies of the title give the humans to whom they’re bound powers that drastically exaggerate normal traits. Physical attraction, for example, becomes compelling attention from literally everyone of the opposite sex (within a reasonable age-range). The story is set in a school environment with arcane rules that earn students lots of demerits in a not-entirely-unHogwartish way.

The tone is much lighter, and it’s less realistic — both plot-wise and in the emotional life of its characters — than Larbalestier’s “Magic” series. I basically enjoyed it, but, frankly, it felt like a bit of a rush-job, and I can’t help but think it would have been more effective as a novella or short story.

needs more demons? kinda sorta.

Published by therealsummervillain

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