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? – Goodreads
I have been a huge Sarah Strohmeyer from her Bubbles series so when I found out that she wrote a YA novel my heart soared and oh how did I love and adore that book and then she wrote Zoe. For some stupid reason I put Zoe on the back burner for a reason. Not a good reason, I just did. I’m going to blame grad school, because I can. I recently picked up Zoe again and devoured it in one sitting.
Zoe has had a fairly hard life. Her mother was sick for most of it, when she wasn’t at home or school she was being shuffled back and forth to the hospital to see her mom. Then, one day, her mom ultimately dies. Zoe is still working through the grief, yet is still able to land a summer internship, with her cousin and BFF, Jess at Fairyland Kingdom (don’t you dare mention THE MOUSE!) At Fairyland Kingdom while everyone dreams of playing a character, Zoe continues to be confused to why she’s even there and then it comes out: she is to be the assistant to the Queen Bitch of the park. Although not her official title, that is what I call her, because ultimately that is what she is.
Much of the plot is based on what Zoe has to do her for boss, which is a lot of running around doing mundane every day tasks. Thrown in there though, there is a focus on friendship, because although Zoe and Jess can’t see each other every moment of everyday, they are still there for each other when needed. They aren’t catty and backstabby like so many female friendships are portrayed. There, of course, is a romance plot intertwined. But what is genius about this plot is that is it is not thrown in your face. To me this was never a romance novel, to me it was a story about first impressions and friendships.
I loved Zoe. I love that this is what I consider to be a perfect read. It’s light, it’s fluffy, but it has a plot. You feel for the characters. I want more of this from YA.