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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View all 5 comments. The chapters themselves sound more like recaps of a really boring TV show. Preview — Impossible by Nancy Werlin.

Lucy has an advantage over every Scarborough woman who’s come before her: Onto reading I went! A book about a curse by an Elf, and no mythology? i,possible

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And after the prom, her entire world is different. Want to Read saving….

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 they buy them.

Plusit was an essential part of the book by the way the author wrote it, without it, nothing would’ve happened of interest, at least not the way it is now.

I liked how the whole idea germinated from the old folk song Scarborough Fairof which there are many versions – Werlin created her own, ominous version. Let me try again. Why I thought about that? The task based on that song.

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

To say that the merging of reality and paranormal isn’t well done, would be an understatement. Then there was the whole: Show of hands, how many of you know a professor who miraculously decided to spend a year abroad and therefore, is willing to loan you his house free of charge?


I simply had to know how everything would work out. The part that worried me somewhat was the fluctuating attitude to abortion: These are the sounds of me gnashing my teeth and tearing my hair as I read this book.

Does anyone else remember this or is it simply the Mandela effect? All major action takes place off screen and is merely recounted by dialogue afterward. In between each tiny chapter, huge spaces of time are accounted for. 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 expected “happily ever after.

The one thing she finds out by herself was by chance, completely. I felt Lucy’s character was shallow and not well developed.

Now, I’ll put up with a lot of silly morals if the writing is good Austen, say and with an anti-abortion, die-for-your-fetus, pro-chastity-until-marriage subtext if the storytelling is gripping The Twilight Sagabut Werlin’s writing was cliche-ridden and her storytelling downright clunky.

Books by Nancy Werlin. A paradox i think that’s what it’s calledbut true. With her parents and Zach, the “kid” from next door, who is now living with Lucy’s family. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I was expecting more folklore, mythology, or whatever.

And I liked what Werlin did with the ballad. I wish I had thought of making a curse out of a song, that is an awesome idea and obviously worked for this novel.

The romance is sweet, yet romantic. On the night of Lucy’s prom, though, everything irrevocably changes. 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 w Slightly under a 4 due to the style and some issues, but all in all, I liked it.

That’s how you know it’s real. Jun 25, Miss Kitty rated it it was ok Shelves: And then when Lucy know about the family curse, Scarborough’s curse, he help her, from the start until the end. Soon Lucy is rushing to beat the devil and save herself from insanity and her unborn daughter from sharing her unbearable fate.


View all 18 comments. It’s not that the values in the books are bad, not at all; it’s that they’re handled so heavily, so clumsily, so in-your-face, and carry a whiff of being scared to tell the story of some teen whose life is harder, less black-and-white. Oct 09, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

She must manage to complete three seemingly impossible tasks, or else she will fall into madness.

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But I beg of you, do not read it. Like it is the idea for a seventeen-year-old and a impozsible to marry in the given situation? Even the tone of it grew on me. Feb 02, Kimberly Francisco rated it did not like it Shelves: I vacillated between 2 stars and 3 stars in my rating.


A haunting, thrilling romantic puzzle. There were no surprises, and I constantly saw gears grinding under the fabric and glitter. How many of you have been able to secure a car loan with no credit, school loans, and only a part-time job to your name?

Impossible uses this idea in a modern setting, with the protagonist – Lucy – trying to break the curse that has plagued the women of her family for as long as anyone can remember. Now, all this being said, I didn’t dislike the story. Oh, maybe I love him