Thompson, Mary G. Evil Fairies Love Hair. Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2014. $16.99. 314 pages. Content: G (the story is dark though).
Have you ever longed to be prettier, more popular, talented, or smarter? All you have to do is raise a batch of fairies and they will make your dream (or curse) come true. Ali is tired of being compared to her smarter older sister Hannah. She wants her parents to think she is smart. So she signs the contract takes a fairy starter set from Michael, her fourteen-year-old smoking neighbor. At first the job seems pretty easy—feed the fairies hair. But Ali and her friends soon discover they are not raising fairies at all, but divvy-imps, creatures whose purpose is to punish badly behaved children. The divvy-imps are becoming more powerful and have taken over a human. Ali also learns that there is more to her contract than she realized and that the consequences could be disastrous not only for her, but her friends. The story is heavy on originality and light on charm. It is definitely darker than expected and lacking in humor. The story has many twists, too many rules and made-up acronyms that are hard to follow. The lack of fairies is also disappointing. As a reader, I felt like I was tricked into reading a very different book than I expected.
EL/MS-OPTIONAL. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.