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For fans of Beautiful Creatures and Wicked Lovely comes this New York Times Bestselling modern fairy tale from National Book Award Finalist Nancy Werlin.

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. But do they have enough love and resolve to conquer this age-old evil?
The Scarborough Girls' story continues in Unthinkable and the companion novel Extraordinary .
"Teens, especially young women, will enjoy this romantic fairy tale with modern trappings."-- School Library Journal (starred review)
"Showcases the author's finesse at melding genres [with its] graceful interplay between wild magic and contemporary reality [and its] catapulting suspense."-- Booklist (starred review)
"The melding of magic and practicality produces a lovely whole."-- Kirkus (starred review)



Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780803730021
Branch Call Number: YA WERLIN N
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jun 21, 2018

First in a series about a modern-day family dealing with a fairy curse, this book goes to a fairly dark place pretty quickly (trigger warning: there is a rape scene). One thing I liked about this book was the way it differed from most of the "fairy" genre - it sticks to the "real" world, and the characters have to work within the confines of their reality to break the curse. There are some great themes about female empowerment, family, and what constitutes a real romantic partnership that both teens and adults can appreciate.

Aug 27, 2016

This is one of the weirdest books that I have ever read. The plot is all over the place and the character opinions are skimmed over. I believe that this book was not meant to be read by my eyes. I can definitely say that Nancy Werlin has a very active imagination that stretches beyond the average mundane. The book follows a young girl who lives with “adoptive parents”. Her mother abandoned her when she was little and occasionally comes around to see her. But her birth mother is no average person – she has gone mentally insane. But what the young protagonist doesn’t know could actually kill her. She discovers that there is a curse placed upon her family that she has to break or it will have major consequences that will occur for her and for future generations. With the help of some good friends and family, she must try to break the curse and save the day. Despite the weirdness of the book, it truly was a good read and an excellent change of genre for me. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to change up the genre that they are reading for a book that is out of the ordinary. - @BakerBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

PimaLib_Teens Mar 19, 2015

I'll admit it. I frequently judge a book by its cover. In the case of Impossible by Nancy Werlin, the premise of the book combined with the cover was too irresistible a combination.

On her seventeenth birthday, Lucy discovers that she, like countless generations of women before her, is under an ancient curse placed by an elfin king.

Werlin was inspired by the lyrics to the song "Scarborough Fair," made famous by Simon and Garfunkel. While listening, she began to realize how dark the lyrics actually were, and the premise for Impossible was born. You can find Lucy's three impossible tasks within the song.

Aug 17, 2013

Really enjoyed the characters. I know that the general story line is not possible, but I didn't "believe" all of it, if that makes sense. However, overall, it was a great read!

Jun 03, 2012

This book was nothing like I thought it would be. It was kinda slow and super predictable but the story was at least original.

Apr 01, 2012

Her books are very different and very good!

Dec 24, 2011

This was a good book, it was confuzing at times. But i really enjoyed it :)

Jul 19, 2011

I read this book in one sitting; it was impossible to set down! A well spun story on persistence and courage with real life characters. Definitely recommend this book!!

LocketLibrarian Jul 16, 2011

Really well done--a good read alike for Extraordinary

Jul 10, 2011

This is one of my favorite books ever!

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