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Impossible Paperback – August 11, 2009
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The target audience is ages 12 and up however I feel that some of the subject matter in the book would be unsuitable for children so young. Without revealing any spoilers the way Lucy becomes pregnant and the discussions of sex in the book seem more suited for someone at least 16 years or older.
I got through the book in one day however it seemed to drag on more than I expected. Lucy's character is well written but I just couldn't connect with the other characters surrounding her. The happily ever after ending was unbelievable and I feel that the completion of the three tasks could have been developed a whole lot more being that they were a major plot point in Lucy breaking free of the curse.
I'm not convinced that true fantasy readers will like this story. To me it was passable but I would have liked more fantasy elements to the story. The book is more romance or fiction addressing social issues than fantasy. If you're looking for a realistic fantasy with lots of magical elements then this book might not work for you.
This is just one possible scenario for "Scarborough Faire."
On her seventh birthday, Lucy Scarborough finds a hidden letter in a hollowed out place in her bookshelves. She cannot read the cramped cursive writing, but she figures the old papers have some 'magic'. Angry at her best friend, Zach, she hides the baseball shirt which doesn't fit that he'd given her for her birthday with the letter and a wish that she'd find the shirt and letter when the shirt fit--and Zach would love her more.
It's ten years later and Lucy finds shirt and letter. She's 17 now and the warning in the letter which turned out to be from her biological Mom has come true.
The Scarborough women carry a curse. At seventeen, they all become pregnant, go crazy and abandon their infant child, and end up out on the streets.
Lucy doesn't quite believe the story--until her foster parents and Zach start helping her do some research. She's got a little less than nine months to perform three seemingly impossible tasks, or face the same fate as the rest of her line for generations.
"Impossible" is a wonderful story for lovers of folk songs, faery tales, and love stories. While the target audience is young adults, any age will love the timeless beauty of the tale.
Rebecca Kyle, December 2008
For a fairy tale, this is all well and good. Unfortunately it seems to fall on its face in a modern setting. Our characters swear up and down how hard it is to accept this curse (or any curse, really), but they seem to take this news as a deeply sedated person might. Everyone in this book is far too balanced, almost rational to a fault. I did not feel much for any of them, besides feeling like I was watching them act out their highly medicated drama in a sound proof box through a dirty window pane.
If the actions of everyone aren't stilted enough, the dialogue forces the book into new levels of awkwardness. The teenagers act like they're at least thirty, and the same voice is used for everyone. All the characters seem to speak in a flat monotone that is interspersed with deep silences so they can better process something or the other in order to bore the reader to death with their insistence on acting like curses and evil elves are totally normal phenomena.
Bad things happen to these people. Rape, the promise of insanity and losing loved ones, but their reactions are glossed over, vague, or so rational it convinced me they were more automaton than human. No one seems to show any genuine emotion, and any possible fallout (dealing with rape, insanity, etc.) seems to be held at arm's length for the sake of the plot, which trudges along because it must.
Ultimately, I skimmed toward the end.
There are other problems; pacing is one of them. If the book was a movie, 65% of it would be in montage format: The heroine making a shirt! The heroine is working out! The heroine is getting ready for prom! (The other 35% would be awkward dialogue.) I think the book would probably have made an excellent novella, but instead it is many interminable pages long.
I would also point out the afterschool special that is the teenage pregnancy resulting from rape in this book as problematic. (It's a spoiler, but then again, it's also a trigger warning - so for those of you who need one, please take note. It's the premise on which the entire book is based, so it's not really a spoiler.) The heroine struggles a little bit with this one, but she's totally okay by the end of the book. In fact, I'm not sure we ever see how she deals with it.Read more ›
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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 6 months ago by ShannonS386
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