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Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—Werlin combines magic, romance, and a family curse in this 21st-century fairy tale based on the ballad "Scarborough Fair." On the night of her prom, Lucy, 17, is raped by her date and becomes pregnant. She decides to keep the child, and she is supported by her foster parents and Zach, her childhood friend whose love for Lucy changes from platonic to romantic as the story progresses. The teen discovers the curse on the women in her family when she reads her birth mother's diary. Lucy is destined for madness at 18 unless she can perform the three impossible tasks described in the song and break the curse of the Elfin Knight. She is determined to rid herself and her unborn child of the curse, and her family and Zach help her as she works to solve the riddles. This unique story flows smoothly and evenly, and the well-drawn characters and subtle hints of magic early on allow readers to enter willingly into the world of fantasy. As inThe Rules of Survival(Dial, 2006), Werlin addresses tough topics. Rape, teen pregnancy, and family madness set the story in motion, but the strength of Lucy's character and the love of her family and friends allow her to deal with such difficult matters and take on the impossible. Teens, especially young women, will enjoy this romantic fairy tale with modern trappings.—Jennifer D. Montgomery, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
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ISBN-10:  0142414913
ISBN-13:  978-0142414910
Author:  Nancy Werlin
Genre:  Teens
Publisher:  Speak
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review by . March 18, 2011
Lucy Scarborough leads a perfectly average life. She's a seventeen, soon to be eighteen year old who has two adoptive parents that love, care, and would give the world to her. She has a best friend, Sarah, who even though is often wrapped up in her own life, always finds a way to be there for Lucy no matter what. She has Zach Greenfield, the boy next door who has never forgotten her, even when he went off to college. And best of all in Lucy's eyes - she has a really great date for the prom, Cray …
review by . November 22, 2009
This book was almost painful for me to get through, and I don't really just mean the storyline. I had a hard time adjusting to Nancy Werlin's writing style, and to the story in general. I thought Lucy was a likeable protagonist, but perhaps a little underdeveloped.     A lot of the action begins to happen later in the novel, and in the end, I was expecting a lot more out of it. I've heard great reviews about Impossible, and was a little disappointed with the fantasy element. …
review by . September 10, 2009
Lucy has been raised by her foster parents - since her biological mother went insane shortly after her birth. Now at 17 she finds herself in quite a predicament... she is pregnant and has just discovered that she is cursed to follow in her mother's footsteps and succumb to insanity after the birth of her daughter. The only clue is the ballad that her mother passed down to her, which is a more sinister version of the song "Scarborough Fair". With the help of her foster parents and the boy next door, …
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