A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough. Impossible. by Nancy Werlin. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Scarborough appears to lead a normal life. She is a junior in high school, runs track. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time. Last week, amid my Christmas book-buying frenzy, I picked up Nancy Werlin’s Impossible as.
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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Impossible 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 conqu 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 imposeible the next generation. 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 weerlin wonderfully riveting and haunting novel derlin suspense, romance, and fantasy. Hardcoverpages. United States of America. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To werlni other readers questions about Impossibleplease sign up. I distinctly remember reading this book as a middle-schooler, but at the time I’m sure that it had a different name.
Does anyone else remember this or is it simply the Mandela effect? Werlun Bradley Thanks guys! At least now I know that I’m crazy haha.
I remember this book as being called “Scarborough Girls” but really cannot find any …more Thanks guys! I remember this book as being called “Scarborough Girls” but really cannot find any documentation on this. It’s weird how the mind can play tricks on us sometimes less. See 1 question about Impossible….
Lists with This Book. Dec 03, laaaaames rated it derlin not like it Recommends it for: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It 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. Onto reading I went! Surprise me, kooky lady!
Make this book actually GOOD!
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Sorry, Nancy did not surprise me. Geez Larbalestier brings the adorable. Ohhhhmigosh “high” doesn’t mean drinking from a flask, writer lady. I should really have stopped reading this book because I found it irritating and not very good, but the story itself according to the back cover and that interview I read was so intriguing to me again, in a very Magic’s Child way that I kept going.
Many random scattered sloppy POVs. All read in the same voice. Taking a page out of the Stephenie Meyer book of how to not write anything too challenging, lazy Werlin had lots of key scenes happen “offscreen”. Even when you are teenagers only getting married to do some legal loopholey shit to prepare for the Elfin Knight to try to use magic rape on your unborn child in the future?
I hate Mary Sues forever and ever.
Hey did you also know if you have any problems with your inlaws a baby will magically fix all of them? It’s a really great lesson for girls whose boyfriends’ parents don’t like them much. I swear there’s a scene where a dude acts jealous of a mannequin and then gets an erection unrelated. This quote about marriage which I will just type out for you: I’m gonna have to read a shitload of Meg Cabot to get over this one.
View all 30 comments. 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.
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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 could not relate to the characters in this novel.
Somehow, they were all too understanding, too perfect and too accepting of what happened to them. Always exceeding expectations with how supporting they were. Most of all, Lucy. This girl has had to endure so much: She was raped by someone she considered a friend, and then finds out only weeks later that she is pregnant and will likely go mad after giving birth to her child.
Nevertheless, there is not one moment where she is furious or angry. She accepts her fate unnaturally quickly and is even inclined to forgive her rapist. Also, she never once considers not having the child. Yet, she never doubts. I can fully understand that somebody would decide against an abortion, but to not even consider it in her situation?
Additionally, we have her long-time friend, Zach. A nineteen-year-old college student. Who suddenly declares his undying love view spoiler [and asks Lucy to marry him. Really, I was reading passages in this book, simply thinking: Are you totally nuts?
Why would you do something like that? And why has it to be portrayed like the marriage makes everything better? Like it is the idea for a seventeen-year-old and a nineteen-year-old to marry in the given situation? I mean, okay, they are childhood friends and have known each other for a long time.
But they have never had a relationship! They never even kissed before the proposal. Yet, everything works out fine. Renting a house or buying a car is not a problem. Sorry, but this is just not something I can understand.
I never felt any love between them. Their romance was just … lame. It went from zero to one thousand in sixty seconds.
The only part I enjoyed was the mystery of the three impossible tasks and the history of the women in the Scarborough family. I simply had to know how everything would work out. Yet, compared to the contemporary issues in the novel, the fantastic elements only play a subordinate role. Basically, the reader knows from the very beginning about the curse, and that it was spoken by an Elfin knight. So we can guess right from the start who this knight is and what Lucy will have to do to protect her unborn child and herself from insanity.
That made the story drag on. I also noticed that often important events happened off-screen and were only recounted later.
For example, the making of the seamless shirt.
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Never fully understood how it was supposed to work. So all in all, not a book I personally would recommend. View all 20 comments. This is the first time that I’ve written the kind of book I most love to read. View all 32 comments. Oct 05, Heather rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.
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 long line of women out of spite, and I will buy into it tenfold.
Werllin even immediately expresses forgiveness for her rapist.