Review: Foul is Fair by Jeffrey Cook & Katherine Perkins

Lots of girls play Fairy Princess when they’re little. Megan O’Reilly had no idea the real thing was like playing chess, guitar, and hockey all at once. Megan had known for a long time that she wasn’t an entirely typical girl. But living with ADHD—and her mother’s obsessions—was a very different thing from finding out she wasn’t entirely human. Somewhere out there, in a completely different world, her father needs help. There’s a conflict, revolving around Faerie seasonal rituals, that could have consequences for humanity—and if Megan’s getting the terminology straight, it sounds like her family aren’t even supposed to be the good guys. As she’s further and further swept up in trying to save her father, Megan may be getting too good at not being human.

–back cover of Foul is Fair by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins

This book was captivating! Cook and Perkins will take you on a magical adventure that seems so real that when you look up you just might be surprised that you’re still sitting in your chair.

From the start, Megan is a character that is an easily likeable character. She is real and clever and at times she is funny. Her quirks just make her more realistic. Her best friend Lani is also quite likeable. I wouldn’t mind having a friend like that. Throughout the book you meet a vast and exciting cast of characters including but not limited to Cassia, her kittens, Ashling, the Count, and Justin. Being a cat person, the kittens were one of my favorite parts. I hadn’t seen something like that in a book before. I always chuckled when the Count would caw and Ashling knew exactly what he was saying.

I think that one of my favorite things about this book is that Cook and Perkins wrote about a common mental illness–ADHD. It seems like often times mental illnesses are not represented in fiction, and when they are the book is solely about that, but not in this book. Megan was someone with ADHD, and yes, it did influence the story at times, but no it was not a story about ADHD. I think that this is the way that all types of mental illnesses occasionally need to be represented, and it was very refreshing to see it.

I also applaud how clean the book was. It is hard to find a decent read that is not full of cussing or inappropriate content. It was nice to be able to read it without the dirty distractions.

Also, the musical magic was a wonderful take on magic. I enjoyed reading about it.

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars for its captivating plot, enjoyable characters, and pleasant writing style. All YA readers should give this book a shot.