For year-old Lucy Scarborough, however, the haunting ballad takes on life-or-death significance when she learns that the song's riddle-like lyrics might hold the key to breaking the curse that has entrapped generations of Scarborough women. Raised by her adoring foster parents, Lucy has had a nurturing upbringing. Athletic, smart, funny, loving Lucy seems on track to have the kind of successful life that was never an option for her birth mother, Miranda, who had Lucy when she was 18 and went mad shortly thereafter. Now Miranda is a shadowy, often troubling figure at the margins of Lucy's comfortable life.
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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 to 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 a wonderfully riveting and haunting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy.
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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? Katrina 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 documentatio …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. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Impossible Impossible, 1. Dec 03, laaaaames rated it did not like it Recommends it for: prude idiots. 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! Sorry, Nancy did not surprise me. Geez Larbalestier brings the adorable. NOTES: 1. 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: "He felt animal. He felt mated. 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.
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. So they marry. 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. And strange. It went from zero to one thousand in sixty seconds.
Book Review: Impossible by Nancy Werlin
The availability of items requested from other libraries may depend on the policies of the other libraries. When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both. Inspired by the classic folk ballad "Scarborough Fair," this wonderfully riveting novel is rife with suspense, romance, and fantasy. Seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old Elvin curse that requires women in her family to complete three impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, Lucy has the support of her fiercely protective adoptive parents, and her best friend Zach, whose friendship may be turning into something more.
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Lucy has nine months to break an ancient curse in order to save both herself and her unborn daughter. She has her fiercely protective foster parents and her childhood friend Zach beside her. Do they have love and strength enough to overcome an age-old evil? Such was my experience with the eerie Impossible. Lucinda Scarborough, Lucy or Luce to her friends, is a normal seventeen year old girl. She has good friends, foster parents that love her, and a date to the prom.