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~*~Delaney Collins hates her life. After her mother passes away, she's forced to move across the country to live with the father she hasn't seen in years. He's never carved out enough time to be with her, and she resents him and his lifestyle. What Delaney doesn't realize is that her father is harboring a secret. He only moonlights as a life coach and bestselling self-help author. In reality, he's a fairy godfather. Delaney's mother never wanted her to know the truth and thought her husband chose this lifestyle, when in reality, he didn't. Delaney's father admits that he constantly watched her to see if she possessed the f.g. gene, but determined that she didn't. Only...Delaney isn't so sure. Her mom always called her a lucky charm when she was younger, and if she concentrates really hard, she can make strange things happen even now. But if Delaney is a fairy godmother, she needs to practice and grant someone's deepest wish. She thinks she knows exactly what to do, only to find out that she has no clue.
DON'T EXPECT MAGIC reads really fast and is perfect if looking for something light. There's not as much magic as you would initially expect, but it was so interesting to see fairy godmothers (and godfathers!) from a new perspective. In particular, I love the idea of a fairy godfather! I really grew to love Delaney's dad and loved watching the two slowly repair their fractured relationship. This was one of the highlights for me.
I also enjoyed the way McCullough characterized Delaney. She's bitter and sarcastic, but also has a sweet side. She's insanely artistic, too. I really liked seeing her fleshed out. Delaney is the face of so many of today's teenagers and is immensely relatable. While the story's plot is easy to put together as you read, the ride is still a fun one with enough depth to have readers caring about Delaney as she grows and evolves.