“Ellie thought she knew what she wanted in a guy: someone dependable, and someone she could bring home to her parents. In other words, a good guy to complete here happily-ever-after fairy tale. When her good guy boyfriend all of a sudden dumps her in the place she least expected–saying that she is ‘a failure at relationships’–Ellie feels she has to fight harder to make her fairy tale come true.
But when hot and mysterious Lucas, whom Ellie secretly calls Rock Star, enters her life and starts challenging everything she believes in, she has to face the truth about her goals and dreams. Will Ellie find the fairy tale she’s always dreamed of? And more importantly, who will fill the swashbuckling shoes of Prince Charming to give her story the happy ending she so deserves?
As far as chic-lits go, this one’s pretty predictable–and, oddly enough, it adds to the charm of the book.
Main character Ellie is easily relatable because she’s not infallible. Supposed good guy Don immediately reads like the bad guy. And Rock Star Lucas, while crossed out of the Prince Charming list right from the get go, is obviously the guy our heroine ends up with. In other books, I would probably complain about them being too clear cut. With Fairy Tale Fail though, I say it works.
Number one, the book isn’t that long. I think it’s a rule for the pocketbooks published by Summit Books to actually fit in pockets. Going deeper into the characters and having them develop more will mean a longer (and thicker) book. And for a story as flimsy as Fairy Tale Fail, a dive into character progression might prove to be the book’s unraveling.
And, come on, you’re not going to pick this book up to be intellectually stimulated.
Fairy Tale Fail is a book for romantics, for those who are looking for a short respite from the harshness of reality. I’m not saying that makes up for the fact that the book offers nothing new in the world of chick literature. What I’m saying is, you’re really not supposed to expect anything more from a book this thin, in a genre that’s already seen so many iterations of the same story.
When you pick this book up, you don’t expect a classic. And sometimes, that’s the kind of book you need to help you relax.