Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

zoePublisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Comedy (YA)
Source: e-book from library
Rating: ★★★★

Sarah Strohmeyer is a name I’ve seen floating around for years, but she was an author I’d never read until How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True was recommended to me on Goodreads. I read the synopsis of the book and thought it seemed like a fun read. Once I found it as an e-book from my local library, I ended up letting it sit in my wish list for a couple of months. I’m so glad that I finally decided to check it out. It’s even more enjoyable than I expected. I can’t begin to explain how much I loved Zoe’s interactions with “The Queen” and the setting. It wasn’t very predictable to me, though I can see how it could be for some other readers, and I was hoping for more when I was nearing the end. Zoe is wonderful and it’s great to read a contemporary novel where our main character doesn’t have any huge flaws, but she’s also not perfect. She’s just a normal girl who has had some hardships in her life, but she’s working on dealing with it all, and it’s not too hard on the reader. There’s so much about this book to love and enjoy.

There were three things I didn’t like, but they didn’t take away from the book too much. The cover can be a little misleading. While romance is a part of the book, it’s not all that happens. I wasn’t disappointed that romance isn’t the biggest part of the book, but I found the romance to be a little fast paced. Then again, it is a book about a summer internship. Perhaps that’s to be expected. I wouldn’t say it’s insta-love, though. All of the relationships in this book were pretty great.

Overall, I could have used more relationship development, but the surprising amount of character development made up for that. This is a quick read and great for a relaxing weekend.

Since reading this one, I’ve been trying to find books with an amusement park setting since it’s brought out my Disney love a bit. The Queen would hate me for that, I’m sure. I’m glad this is the first Strohmeyer book I’ve read and hopefully I can pick up another one soon.

According to Goodreads, a couple of similar books are: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton and The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise.

Find more information at Goodreads.

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