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

July 17, 2017 book review 6 ★★★★½

Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come TrueHow Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer
Published by Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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From Sarah Strohmeyer, author of Smart Girls Get What They Want, comes this romantic comedy about one girl's summer job from hell. Think The Devil Wears Prada set in Disney World.

When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they've hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?
Once Zoe arrives, however, she's assigned to serve "The Queen"-Fairyland's boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.

Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe's job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True has been on my bookshelf since it came out in paperback. I’ve been so excited to read this book ever since I heard about it but never actually got around to reading it. Why you may ask? I have NO idea! I’ve picked it up countless times with every intention of starting it next but then what do you know, it gets passed over. I’m thinking now, that was so dumb, Christine!

Zoe and her cousin, Jess, are off to intern at Fairyland Kingdom theme park for the summer – think Disney World’s greatest rival. All the interns are assigned as cast members where they take on the role of various fairy tale characters, except Zoe doesn’t. She is instead assigned to be the Queen’s (the head honcho at the theme park) assistant. Fairyland has some severely strict rules about what can and can’t be done and if you can make it to the end of the summer displaying the utmost Fairyland pride and Wow! spirit, you just could win a $25,000 scholarship.

Zoe is one of those characters who has been through so much and has to deal with some nasty, overbearing people all summer long doing tasks no teenager wants to do all summer long, but she RARELY complains. Sure she talks to her cousin/best friend about all the crazy things the Queen has her doing, but she does every single thing really without even questioning. She does what she’s told and by the end of the book you can’t but hope that something good finally happens to her because SHE IS SO DESERVING. She’s insanely loyal to Jess and even to the Queen who acts like Zoe is just a thorn in her side. I loved seeing her progression and growth throughout the summer and her relentless spirit.

What really had me interested in this book was the concept of working at a theme park over the summer. Disney World is my second home and I’ve always thought it would be super cool to work there, it just hasn’t ever worked out that I could. The behind the curtains aspect of it is so fascinating to me I was excited to see Sarah Strohmeyer’s take on it. It was cool getting to hear about the underground system and getting a glimpse at how Fairyland operates. I thought I’d actually get to see more of this but it was enough that I was satisfied. This story is much more about learning to find your voice, staying true to yourself, and letting go of heavy burdens weighing you down.

To sum things up this was a super cute story with some characters that might just surprise you in the end. Strohmeyer has an effortless writing style and I can’t wait to read Smart Girls Get What They Want, which as it happens, has also been sitting on my shelf for forever!


Really interesting plot and setting. Disney World fans will enjoy the behind-the-scenes taste of what working at a theme park is like. Zoe was a great main character!

4.5 Thought Clouds


6 Responses to “Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True”

    • Christine

      It’s definitely an older book but it’s so good! It’s set in a place almost exactly like Disney World but up in NJ. It’s considered DW’s top rival theme park and any mention of the “Mouse” is against policy. It was such a unique setting, I loved it!!

  1. Rabiah

    I really loved SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT and this one sounds super cute too! I love the idea of working at a theme park, and I’m really curious how it actually is, because I know someone who worked at Disney and she seemed to really enjoy it. I need to get my hands on a copy of this one soon, because it sounds too adorable and funny to pass up. Great review! 😀

    • Christine

      I’m almost certain I have this book on my shelf somewhere too. This one was my first Strohmeyer read but I’m definitely hooked. After #ARCAugust is over I’m thinking SGGWTW will have to be my next book to dive into. I have some friends that have worked at Disney too and they all loved it as well! They had some crazy work hours and I imagine it’s incredibly hot to do that in the summer but the culture itself just sounds amazing to work in. Please read it! Let me know what you think about it!!

  2. Greg

    This does sound fun and I’ve always been fascinated too by the behind-the-scenes of Disney world. I think it’s be fun just for that! Great review. 🙂

    • Christine

      It was a pretty fun story indeed. I’m not sure if Strohmeyer got to tour Disney for research but from the rumors I’ve heard about how it is, I imagine Fairyland is pretty close to it!

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