What do you think of when you think of fairy godmothers? Well, usually I think of cheery old women who make wishes come true not sullen teenagers who, well, read on if you want to know….
General Summary: Don’t Expect Magic has a rather interesting premise. After losing her mom, Delaney has to move across the country to live in with her absentee dad (who’s like a hot version of Dr. Phil, strange but true). Obviously, New Jersey girl, Delaney, finds it hard to fit in California and then she finds out she’s a fairy godmother. And to make things worse, she finds out that she her first client has an improbable task, falling in love with the most popular girl in school.
Review: Okay, I really, really, tried to get into this one, but I couldn’t. It had a cute setup. I mean, the whole f.g. thing seemed pretty cool, but it sort of failed on it’s face. It might have been in part due to my instant dislike to Delaney. I get that she’s been through a lot and McCullough was trying to depict her in a realistic manner, but I just couldn’t warm up to her. She just came off as very immature. And yes, I know she’s a teen, but I wanted to shake her a couple of times through the book. Case in point, I know she didn’t like Dr. Hank, but she should’ve brought him to her mother’s bedside when her mom asked her to. And I just thought the tough girl act came across a little contrived throughout the book. Props I will give this book, I loved the fact that this book wasn’t all fluff. That a lot of it dealt with Delaney coming to terms with her new reality. That was rather refreshing. And I thought McCullough’s work was easy to read, it was just that Delaney……
Best Feature: Magical Realsim: Okay, so this technically wasn’t magical realism, but I liked the logic that McCullough used in her world. It made sense. It wasn’t overly convoluted like some books can be. Plus, big props to her by making Dr. Hank a life coach with magic powers. Maybe I’d actually like Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz if they had magic powers. Okay, probably not.
Worse Feature: Delaney! Okay, as I previously stated in the review I found her to be insufferable. I really, really wanted to like her too. And while she did soften a little by the end of the book, I just wish that there would of been hints of this softness at the beginning of the book.
Blockbuster Worthy: Disney Chanel meets Lifetime. Yes, it would definitely have to be a made for TV movie. While the f.g. powers seem like something Disney would go for, Delaney’s teenage angst is something that Lifetime loves to exploit. Here’s who I would cast.
Delaney: India Eisley. For some reason I just see her as Delaney. I don’t know why I like India, I don’t like Delaney. Still though, she’s s a decent actress so if anyone can make me like Delaney it’s her.
Flynn: Joey Pollari he has that geeky vibe that equals Flynn.
Dr. Hank: Mark Feuerstein. I might be type casting a bit. But since he’s known for playing Dr. Hank on Royal Pains, why can’t he be Delaney’s dad?
Overall Rating: Four out of ten wands.