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Teen Review: Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough

I’m Kristen and I am going to be going to high school next the fall of 2012 and I’m 14. No matter where I am, I am almost always reading and writing stories. If you ask any of my family members and they will tell you im a Read-a-holic. My favorite things include the color purple, music , books, and art.

Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough

The book Don’t Expect Magic is about a girl named Delaney Collins who since she was born lived in New Jersey with her mom and hung out with her only friend Posh; that is until he mom got really sick and didn’t get better, then she got stuck living with her Self-help Guru, Dr. Phil (and not in a good way) of a father. She never really saw much of her father until she was 15 and moved in with him in the exact opposite of her beloved New Jersey, super sunny, never cloudy, California. It would have been alright if

1) she had an actual relationship with her father

2) he didn’t decorate her room like she was 6 years old

3) if she wasn’t the only person in the whole city wearing black

4) if someone else in the city was sarcastic edgy, and pretty much like Delaney and

5) if someone liked to be creative like her in designing boots (which she wears after she buys them, edits them, and gives them her own special touch)

As if she didn’t have enough problems with school and trying to go home without Hank knowing (she calls her father by his first name, Hank), she finds out that she is an F.G. (fairy godmother/father). Now she has to start enhancing her powers by granting small wishes for a few years when she will finally get a “client” (as Hank puts it) or a person to grant a big wish for (pretty much about love). But a few days after she finds out, Delaney gets a gut-retching feeling like she’s going to throw up–it means she has a client!! She finds out that each time she gets a client she will feel like this until she gives them their wish, but the thing is she can’t ask them the wish she has to guess what it is. So she embarks on her mission.

Client: Flynn, Camera Geek

Guess of Clients Wish: Cadie, head cheerleader and all around school’s mot popular

The only problem is every time she tries to get them together, Flynn messes it up and keeps telling her that he’s not into Cadie. But Delaney is too stubborn to listen, so she continues on, only to realize she might be falling for him herself.

I won’t give away the ending because then there would be no fun in reading it but I am 100% sure that you will love this book because, to this day, I can’t stop reading it over and over again.

— Until my next post,


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