Apr 23, 2021
Posted by Nancy Werlin

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out But will it be enough to conquLucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out But will it be enough to conquer this age old evil A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award winning author Nancy Werlin Inspired by the classic folk ballad Scarborough Fair, this is a wonderfully riveting and haunting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy.

  • Title: Impossible
  • Author: Nancy Werlin
  • ISBN: 9780803730021
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Impossible Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and


    OK so I read this bizarre interview over on Teen Reads where I thought Nancy Werlin was a certified kook teenreads authors au wIt sort of made me want to read it because I knew I d hate it I realize there is something wrong with me to have these sorts of thoughts When I arrived home that night, I discovered I had an ARC of the book I must have grabbed at the Book Expo Onto reading I went Surprise me, kooky lady Make this book actually GOOD Sorry, Nancy did not surprise me This is basically sort [...]


    I have to admit that my expectations for his book weren t too high It has received mixed reviews and in general, I just don t like novels dealing with teen pregnancy that much But the fact that Impossible is based on a version of the folk song Scarborough Fair and the three almost impossible tasks it poses intrigued me enough to give it a try Now I have to say that the part of the story that revolved around the song and its mystery was the only thing that kept me reading until the end.I simply c [...]


    This is the first time that I ve written the kind of book I most love to read.


    Let s call a spade a spade, and add Impossible to the ever increasing list of YA books that lead young girls astray by glorifying harrowing life altering situations Like Stephanie Meyer before her, Nancy Werlin is flaunting teen pregnancy as a shortlist way to a happy ending with your very own prince charming Worse, she piles on rape for good measure I m appalled.No one can accuse me of not being able to suspend my reality Present me a book containing a malicious, wanting fairy, who curses a lon [...]


    I wish I had thought of making a curse out of a song, that is an awesome idea and obviously worked for this novel I can t believe I didn t even know that Scarborough Fair the song existed before this Since reading this book I ve listened to many versions of the song, and it is very enchanting but also kind of eerie Perfect for a curse.One of the best qualities of this story is that Lucy is so likable, and I m glad to see a main character that has support from not only her family but friends as w [...]

    Anne Osterlund

    Impossible is the story of an ordinary teenage girl Or so it would seem Lucy is seventeen Ready for her first date and her first trip to the prom In a white dress, a candy necklace, and taking a big risk by wearing red hightops for irony.But the Lucy at the beginning of the book has no idea what risk is.And after the prom, her entire world is different A place where curses exist And shirts from the boy next door are magical shields And letters from your mother can be the answer to whether you su [...]

    Emily May

    I know three stars isn t the most helpful rating in the world, but I just feel like parts of this book were worth at least four and other parts made me want to abandon it completely It will suit a few people s tastes perfectly, I m sure, but I wouldn t rush out to recommend it to the masses.The story is based upon the old folk song Scarborough Fair , a song I am very familiar with because my nanna used to sing it to me all the time In it a series of impossible tasks are proposed by the listener [...]


    Wow, this is some bad writing I picked up this book based on it s high ratings, and interesting premise I had never read anything by Nancy Werling before, and I doubt I will again The story itself is not too bad, but it, and all the characters are so underdeveloped that rather than pulling you into the world of the story, you are left aware that it is a bit far fetched and reaching The writing itself is clumsy and occasionally grammatically questionable if not incorrect The switching back and fo [...]


    I vacillated between 2 stars and 3 stars in my rating I ended up giving it 2 stars since 2 stars indicated it was ok and 3 stars indicated I liked it , and I can t say that I wholeheartedly did Really, I wanted to love this book, because quite frankly the premise for Werlin writing it was very cool I love authors who create a story out of an well known object like a painting shout out here to Tracy Chevalier or, in the case of Impossible, an old folk ballad Scarborough Fair I ve loved that old S [...]

    Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]

    Rating 2 stars, because that s the way it is.Slight, if not major spoilers without warning Just FYII read the book with low expectations But, but, i still thought it would be better than it actually was A paradox i think that s what it s called , but true Basically when your friend don t like it, yet you want, because it s just wishing, it to better than what they experienced Anyway.Even if it did feature teenage pregnancy, it wasn t as if it was intended From what i know, rape isn t intended fr [...]


    Not one Not two Not three There are four, count em, four retrogressive, antifeminist tropes in this particular young adult paranormal romance Werlin would get points for dealing with difficult topics like teen pregnancy and rape were it not for the following morals of the story 1 If you get raped, the right thing to do is to keep it quiet and not report it 2 If you get pregnant from the rape, having an abortion would be WRONG 3 If you are pregnant from a rape at seventeen, it is important to mar [...]


    This book pleasantly surprised me I ve heard many good things about Werlin s other works, but Impossible received mixed reviews from my reading buddies The book started out rocky for me too, at about page 70 I was ready to retire it and move on to something else The tone of the book sort of a fairy tale flare in describing events set in a contemporary world, the mix of folklore with reality, the fantastical madness, the Elfin Knight, the basis of the novel on a folklore song I ve never heard of [...]

    Monica Edinger

    I ve enjoyed every Werlin novel I ve read, but this is definitely one of my favorites The fantasy elements are new for her, but the intensity, the superb prose, the deft plotting, and the gorgeous characterizations are not The story involves a fairy or elf curse, a race against time to break it, a heartrending romance, teen pregnancy and marriage like you probably have never seen before, folk music, and a lot Impossibly good

    Miss Kitty

    Most definitely NOT as good as I hoped it would be When I read the description I thought it would be along the same lines of LJ Smith s The Forbidden Game series yay I think at first I was just horrified that the poor protagonist was date raped by a classmate possessed by an evil erlking elf Couldn t she have conceived her kid through regular old quasi consensual sex or as consensual as you can get when your protagonist is being manipulated by an evil creature Then I was bored and cheesed out by [...]


    So satisfying to start my reading year off with something so good Also why is this book not talked about I remember hearing some buzz when it came out, and I put it on my to read shelf, and then it sort of slipped away from consciousness.But it s GREAT It really reminded me of TAM LIN, which is one of my all time favorites But it was definitely unique and it s own thing It s based on the ballad The Elfin Knight, aka Scarborough Fair, which like many folk tales and old ballads, seems totally rom [...]


    I just want to say, for Young Adult book, this book captivated me.I can t stop reading this until morning come The story is sooo beautiful The romance is sweet, yet romantic I adore the author s idea to make the story based on Scarborough Fair song or The ELFIN KNIGHT song THE ELFIN KNIGHTAre you going to Scarborough Fair Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thymeRemember me to one who lives thereShe must be a true love of mineTell her she ll sleep in a goose feather bedParsley, sage, rosemary, and thym [...]


    Oh man where to begin I think I ll just do this in list form.Completely flat characters I couldn t differentiate between them, which was made worse by the fact that Werlin constantly shifted between their voices within chapters and even paragraphs.Implausible plot points that are not driven by character at all But then you can t really have character drive your story when your characters don t have any personality to begin with.All major action takes place off screen and is merely recounted by d [...]


    The only thing worse than this book is that some people like it I rolled my eyes so many times while reading I m surprised that my eyes were on the pages long enough to make out sentences Let me take you through the premise, step by step, and yes spoiler alert but the only thing that would have really shocked you about the plot is how thoroughly predictable it is No twists here.I swear Nancy Werlin wrote this gem on her lunch break We have our heroine a 17 year old punky high school student who, [...]

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadTooNancy Werlin uses a variation of the folksong Scarborough Fair as the backdrop for an interesting combination of mystery, fantasy, suspense, and the paranormal Generations ago an angry elfin knight placed a curse on the young women of the Scarborough clan Each girl became pregnant as a teen and upon giving birth to a daughter, each girl went insane The only way to break the curse was to complete three tasks described in the lyrics of the [...]


    First half 4Middle 3End 3Overall 3 stars edit after thinking it over some I ve decided to change my rating to two stars I m quite disappointed with giving Impossible 3 stars, as it was one of those books I was really looking forward to reading It started off great and I found myself quite giddy with happiness, but then for me it kind of went downhill, I found myself getting quite annoyed with some of the characters Because I couldn t stand it any longer I had to skim read a lot of it towards th [...]


    Are you going to Scarborough Fair Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme Since reading this book I have not been able to get that song out of my head It has been, you ll forgive the pun, Impossible It s all good, of course, because I ve always loved the Simon Garfunkel version, as well as Dylan s quasi adaptation of the ballad Girl from the North Country And it s good because Nancy Werlin does such interesting things developing a novel based on the lyrics In a few words it is a contemporary suspense [...]


    It s difficult to say how I feel about this book There are a lot of things I liked the supportiveness of Lucy s adoptive family, the relatively sex positive attitudes and the emphasis on women s autonomy and right to choose what s right for them, the very fact that it s built on a folk song there are so many stories in those The part that worried me somewhat was the fluctuating attitude to abortion at times it s suggested as a natural solution which it is in the situation described here , and at [...]


    I have a difficult time enjoying a book where I don t care for the main character In the novel, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, Lucy Scarborough is the main character, and as a reader I m suppose to care for her plight and root her on in her journey and the challenges she faces However, she is not likeable, and I found it hard to sympathize with her situation I felt Lucy s character was shallow and not well developed In addition, I felt the writer s style was distracting because she literally repeat [...]


    TW RapeOn the cover it says A haunting, thrilling romantic puzzle Just read itI say, don read itThis is not haunting.And this doesn t have a single romantic puzzle bone in it s body From time to time I read a book with a story that it s so bad, that it leaves me in a fit of temper.This was not one of those books Look at that blurb This had everything to be amazing In fact, I loved the beginning There my rating _ no I am not insane Look at some of my previous reviews this rating could be worse.Lu [...]

    Janus the Erudite Artist

    This was a little creepy for my taste but I definitely enjoyed reading Impossible.When I first read the synopsis of this book, I expected it to be full of fantasy with all the talk about an Elfin Knight who wants to own every one of the Scarborough girls, I expected some mischief from him or something now and then Unfortunately the Elfin Knight, although making an appearance, didn t do much but taunt Lucy to give up or hypnotize those around him to get information about his current victim Also t [...]


    Impossible presents another intriguing, unique plot from Nancy Werlin The protagonist, Lucy Scarborough, is just seventeen when discovers the curse that has plagued the women of her family line for several decades She must manage to complete three seemingly impossible tasks, or else she will fall into madness Unlike her ancestors, however, she has help her parents, Soledad and Leo, and her best friend, Zach.I simply adore Nancy Werlin s stories I never would have imagined making a curse, much le [...]


    An intensely wrought romance, and yummy to read Weaving two versions of the Scarborough Fair folk song and one of her own devising , Nancy Werlin makes a contemporary love story with elements of Faerie I loved many things about this book I loved that the marriage takes place mid book, that erotic passion figures elegantly but discreetly, that the tropes of date rape and teenage pregnancy are given a scary supernatural twist that still grounds those events in reality.

    Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    Isn t this a lovely cover YA gets such gorgeous covers these days, it s great They were always so daggy when I was growing up Well, not all, but most.Lucy Scarborough is in her last year of high school and coping pretty well thank you very much, especially considering her mother, Miranda, is the local crazy bag lady No one knows this apart from Lucy s foster parents, Soledad and Leo, and her best friend and neighbour Zach On the night of Lucy s prom, though, everything irrevocably changes After [...]


    Slightly under a 4 due to the style and some issues, but all in all, I liked it I was excited for this one because of this gorgeous cover And in some ways, it lived up to my excitement, while at the same time, falling short in others Werlin presents a very modern, disturbing slant on the age old ballad She layers the book with enough realism and negativity nothing is ever falsely sugar coated Lucy is a realist, if nothing else that I was able to believe that things may not be wrapped up with the [...]

    Melissa Jackson

    I bought this book ages ago and it s just been taking up space on my bookshelf But I kept hearing about it people comparing it to other books I ve enjoyed , so I figured it was time to dive in An epic love story, they claimed To be honest, ever since Twilight I ve been scared of anything labeled as an epic love story But this one apparently had faeries One can only resist the call of faeries for so long Impossible, thankfully, is about love And not just between a boy and a girl, but also between [...]

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