Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Came out: September 18, 2008

Pages: 384

Publisher: Dial

Format: Paperback

Source: Inkwood

Age Group: Young Adult


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 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.

With a haunting setting and an original storyline, Impossible begs to be picked up. A charismatic antagonist spices up the story while lyrical writing stuns the reader. The actual riddle in the novel was so textured and marvelously done that Nancy Werlin deserves a round of applause, along with her “acknowledgements” who created the solutions.Lucy was realistic but I liked being surprised by some of the decisions that she made. I really enjoyed her thoughts on Miranda and the unspoken things that she thought of: about the curse, about Zach, and about her pregnancy.This book both tackles a supernatural issue and one that is common in America today. Teenage pregnancy is not a subject that is tackled lightly, and neither is what happened to Lucy. Nancy Werlin touches on the subject a bit but it is not the entire subject matter. Parents who are worried about buying this for your children, don’t worry. It doesn’t suggest that it is good or dwell on it too much. It mostly focuses on love, the curse, and how much harder everything will be for Lucy after her pregnancy.The idea for the story was so clever! I would have never thought of creating a “romantic puzzle” around the lyrics to Scarborough Fair. I loved hearing about the history of the ballad. It made a gorgeous story and it was very well-researched. The topic of the novel was one that would even have been terrifying and life-changing in the realistic viewpoint as well. It was very well-written as well.The only thing that slightly confused me about this book was...the love. I didn’t see the relationship between Lucy and Zach. They were first friends, but their romance was sudden and startling. I simply didn’t see it between them. They weren’t very passionate or together very long or even very romantic. So I was slightly confused about their relationship.As for the love that is supposed to save Lucy? I see that more with her foster family and her mother. Soledad and Leo love her more than anything and their love as a family was incredibly potent with every description of them.The rich description and clever twists made this book so intense as to where I could not put it down until I finished it, carrying it everywhere with me with my nose buried in it.Although the following comments are not related to how good the book was, I must say that I loved the names that Nancy picked for her characters. Soledad, Leo, Miranda, Lucinda, etc,. They’re all musical and strangely perfect for the book. I even picked Soledad as my pen name!The cover is just beautiful. It reminded me of the cover of Esperanza Rising.Thrilling and beautiful, this novel is not one to be missed.Recommended for anybody who loves: Fallen; Hereafter; The 13th Reality; romantic puzzles; family stories; Shiver; Prophecy of the Sisters; Lament; etc,.Possible book club questions: What are some other song lyrics that could make a good story?Do you think that you could have solved the puzzles? How did Lucy and Miranda go about their tasks differently?Do you think that Lucy should have told Gray’s parents?How did Lucy change in the view of Zach’s parents?Do you think that it's better to fall in love immediately or start out as friends? Use examples from the story to support your answer. Etc,.