Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fairy Tale

Morgan Sparks seems to be living a charmed life. She has the ability to see the future, she's a great student, and her boyfriend is handsome, funny, the football quarterback and her best friend since grade school. A week before his sixteenth birthday, Cam discovers something about himself which will cause Morgan to question their relationship, her loyalty and the very natural of what is real and what isn't. At it's best, Fairy Tale shines with wit, clever dialogue, and insightfully captures the joy and angst of teenagers. However, Cyn Balog's first foray into writing a novel is marred by a plot which begins with a certain absurd believability but just sort of peters out into vagueness. The adults in the book, and there aren't many, are mockingly written as overbearing, fat, and unaware to the point of stupidity. While Fairy Tale is often entertaining and Cyn Balog is an author to look out for in the future, this novel's strengths are ultimately overshadowed by its weaknesses.

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