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Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—Werlin combines magic, romance, and a family curse in this 21st-century fairy tale based on the ballad "Scarborough Fair." On the night of her prom, Lucy, 17, is raped by her date and becomes pregnant. She decides to keep the child, and she is supported by her foster parents and Zach, her childhood friend whose love for Lucy changes from platonic to romantic as the story progresses. The teen discovers the curse on the women in her family when she reads her birth mother's diary. Lucy is destined for madness at 18 unless she can perform the three impossible tasks described in the song and break the curse of the Elfin Knight. She is determined to rid herself and her unborn child of the curse, and her family and Zach help her as she works to solve the riddles. This unique story flows smoothly and evenly, and the well-drawn characters and subtle hints of magic early on allow readers to enter willingly into the world of fantasy. As in The Rules of Survival (Dial, 2006), Werlin addresses tough topics. Rape, teen pregnancy, and family madness set the story in motion, but the strength of Lucy's character and the love of her family and friends allow her to deal with such difficult matters and take on the impossible. Teens, especially young women, will enjoy this romantic fairy tale with modern trappings.—Jennifer D. Montgomery, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
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*Starred Review* Date rape, a pregnant teen, and a shotgun wedding (of sorts)—must be a YA problem novel circa 1985, right? Not really. From a hidden letter, 17-year-old Lucy Scarborough learns “all sorts of melodramatic, ridiculous, but true things” about the circumstances surrounding her rape on prom night, her subsequent pregnancy, and why therapy and her signature pragmatism won’t be much help against an ancient fairy’s curse. By the Edgar Award–winning novelist whose thrillers include The Rules of Survival (2006), this tale, inspired by the song “Scarborough Fair,” showcases the author’s finesse at melding genres. Although it’s perhaps overly rosy that Lucy’s devoted foster parents take the curse in stride, Werlin earns high marks for the tale’s graceful interplay between wild magic and contemporary reality—from the evil fairy lord disguised as a charismatic social worker to the main players’ skepticism as they attempt to solve the curse’s three archaic puzzles (“We’ve formed the Fellowship of the Ring when really we should’ve all just gone on medication”). Meantime, Lucy’s marriage to childhood pal Zach, a development unusual in YA fiction but convincing in context, underlies the catapulting suspense with a notion that will be deeply gratifying to many teens: no destiny is unalterable, especially not when faced with tender love magic, “weird and hilarious and sweeter than Lucy ever dreamed,” worked by truly mated souls. Grades 7-11. --Jennifer Mattson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Bland , trite, and badly written. Even the villain was boring. The nonchalant treatment of rape turned my stomach. There was nothing to recommend this book.Published 1 month ago by ShannonS386
Inspired by the Medieval ballad, "Scarborough Fair," Impossible is a fantastical story about a rape, a family curse, a legacy of insanity, and a high school junior's pregnancy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Liz W.
This book met my expectations. Great story, Great condition. I love it!Published 14 months ago by TytianA will
Impossible by Nancy Werlin is a adult young fiction fantasy novel. Lucy Scarborough is seventeen when she figures out that a curse has haunted her family ancestors for many years. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shannon Wentzell
Imagine reading your predicted future from the words of a stranger. What would you be willing to do to save your family? Read morePublished 15 months ago by Katie
I liked this book. It wasn't a complex literary masterpiece, but it was fun to read. I also leant this title to my friend who loves young adult fiction such as the Twilight series... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ms. Alice
Years ago, an elfin knight put a curse on a young, beautiful woman. Her daughter was cursed, her granddaughter was cursed, and so on, with all the females of this line carrying the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sharif
I got this for free. I wasn't terrible and at least it was something to read. I have read worse. I like the mythology in it, but it could have been stronger.Published 19 months ago by Distant Dweller