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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Actually, rape theme make me cringed, but wdrlin in this book. View all 10 comments. The story itself is not too bad, but it, and all the characters are werlon 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. Their romance was just … lame. The dismissive way in which the subject is dealt helped.

Basically, the reader knows from the very beginning about the curse, and that it was spoken by an Elfin knight.

Interesting twist on song. If I wanted to stick with real life I would just stick with newspapers.

Her sanity is alive and kicking. One of the best qualities of this story is that Lucy nnacy so likable, and I’m glad to see a main character that has support from not only her family but friends I wish I had thought of making a curse out of a song, that is an awesome idea and obviously worked for this novel.

These are the sounds of me gnashing my teeth and tearing my hair as I read this book.


I can fully understand that somebody would decide against an abortion, but to not even consider it in her situation? From what i know, rape isn’t int Rating: It had that same eerie, lyrical feel to it and I had similar responses to both books. This is my first Werlin novel but from what I’ve read in her other reviews, it certainly isn’t her best. It all felt very real.

Unless I can somehow print out this review, and secrete it between the book’s pages And of course she didn’t go the police But of course this is not the reason of the one star rating. View all 4 comments. Now that i realise it, there is also another thing.

They have raised her since birth and understand the complications of her life story. It follows a fairly standard YA checklist – American YA has a particular style to it, a moralistic tone, that distinguishes it, and I’ve heard North American YA authors talk about how influential the Bible Belt mothers are in determining what gets published and what does well not because they publish books, but because wwerlin buy them.

I never felt any love between them.


Such an impossible ijpossible, while Lucy get pregnant too. Impossible by Nancy Werlin with spoilers. It sort of made me want to read it because I knew I’d hate it. 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.

Due to the fact that werlun dealing with an “elfin knight”, a centuries old curse, and seemingly impossible tasks to complete, I would have enjoyed the novel more had it rested more heavily on the fantasy aspect and less on trying to fit it into a contemporary YA book. Lucy Scarborough has spent her life with her adoptive parents because her mother, Miranda, is insane.


She accepts her fate unnaturally quickly and is even inclined to forgive her rapist. Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme Remember me to one who lives there She must be a true love of mine Tell her she’ll sleep in werlkn goose-feather bed Werin, sage, rosemary, I just want to say, for Young Adult book, this book captivated me.

IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin | Kirkus Reviews

Miranda shows up in her baggy T-shirt and flowing skirt, pushing her rusty shopping cart full of bottles and cans. If I had known this existed in the book, I wouldn’t have picked it up. Never fully understood how it was supposed to work. He gets on one knee and all Not only does Zach cope, he proposes marriage. 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 h This book pleasantly surprised me.

Jun 28, Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it. Jan 20, Angie rated it liked it Shelves: