My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison is a perfect sequel to My Fair Godmother. It’s perfect in many ways–most of all because although Chrissy is the same incompetent fairy godmother in both, in all other respects the books are stand-alone. One can read My Unfair Godmother without having read the first book and not miss a thing.
As in the first book, Janette Rallison manages to take what could be a vapid, silly story and embues it with humor, great characters (both good and bad), a journey, excitement, and perhaps best of all, wonderful messages for young adults.
Tansy Miller begins the story as an unhappy teenager because of her parent’s divorce. Her unhappiness continues when she must move to Arizona to live with her father, her stepmother and a stepbrother because her mother will be accompanying her sister on the road for a show. Then, when it seems her father will lose his job (and home) there are plans for Tansy to move in with her very unloving grandmother. Talk about feeling unwanted and unloved!
To rebel, Tansy picks a most unsuitable boyfriend, gets a not-so-competent fairy godmother, and makes a not-well-thought-out wish.
As in the first “Godmother” book, going back to a time before indoor plumbing is not as romantic as it might seem in the abstract.
The results are not surprising to fans of Janette Rallison. The story is well-written, clever, funny, and touching.
The way Rallison manages to entwine Tansy and her family with Robin Hood and Rumpelstiltskin is not to be missed. Robin Hood and his Merry Men running through the local drug store is a scene that will be remembered.
Tansy learns about real friendship and strength from a friend of her stepbrother’s (who just happens to become Tansy’s boyfriend). Tansy also learns an important lesson about family and what that means.
When all is righted in the end there’s still a time-travel twist to be unraveled.
Those who have the pleasure of reading this book will fervently hope that Tansy is not the last girl that Chrissy, the fairly incompetent fairy, will try to help.
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