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Publisher's Note:

Delaney Collins doesn't believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she's stuck in California with "Dr. Hank," her famous life-coach father—a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right. Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he's a fairy godmother—an f.g.—and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there's a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone's fairy godmother. Even though she's not the pink and sparkly type, Delaney soon finds herself with a client: Flynn Becker, a boy at her new school who's hopelessly in love with a girl who doesn't know he exists. Flynn's wish is Delaney's command. With her customized black boots and chopstick wand, Delaney does everything in her power to make Flynn's wish come true. But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?…

Don’t Expect Magic

by Kathy McCullough

Overall Book Review:

Kathy McCullough paints the perfect picture of an outcast teenager, full of angst, in Don’t Expect Magic. Her name is Delaney and after her mom dies, she has to move from New Jersey to California to live with her estranged (and in her eyes, annoying) father. Everything starts out dreadfully, as expected, but when she spies on her dad and his client she’s in for a HUGE surprise! The surprises keep coming throughout this fun modern-day fairytale. It’s a little humorous and emotional due to the high school drama yet light and heart-warming with some magic involved. I never would have guessed that this is McCullough’s first book and I hope it’s not her last. I highly recommend this enchanted tale!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 14 religious exclamations; 6 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name; 4 scatalogical words; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore: Few (2) brief incidents including joking about animals being hurt (didn’t actually occur); suggesting that a character could get killed if they hitchhike. 

Sex/Nudity: Few (6) brief incidents including kissing; character thinking an adult is “skanking around”; touching arm; thinking a couple will be kissing; homosexual couple holding hands.

Mature Subject Matter:

Character’s mother dies.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Teenager smoking cigarette; metaphor of character acting like they’re a crack addict but addicted to non-drug.

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About the Reviewer

I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.