Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
Having read Strohmeyer’s previous young adult novel, Smart Girls Get What They Want, I knew I had to pick up her latest. I became a huge fan of Strohmeyer’s easily relatable characters, fun dialogue, and overall feel-good effect of the book. They’re light and easy to read. How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True was no exception. This one is an exhilarating ride from start to finish.
From the start, I fell in love with the main character Zoe. She is a selfless person and always has her eyes out for her best friend, Jess. Zoe’s characterization and growth in the novel is also a factor I enjoyed. While not the most memorable character in the young adult world, she’s definitely one that is lovable in the moment. The romance isn’t the shining star in this story, but it’s cute and I couldn’t help but “aww” at multiple points.
And boy this storyline! I’ve never read any story set entirely at an amusement/theme park, so the setting is fresh and fun. The visuals and atmosphere are most certainly there, making it a vivid setting. Loved it! Now I want to go to Disneyland…
The only complaint I have for HZMHDMCT is the plot and the slight mystery surrounding it; it’s surely un-realistic in some areas, but I easily brushed it off and overlooked it because it’s supposed to be a little ridiculous and fun. Just a minor thing, nothing much.
In my opinion, How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is not as good as Smart Girls, but I am still a huge fan of Sarah Strohmeyer because her books just make me so cheerful after completing them. They are, without a doubt, great contemporary reads.