Reviewed by Hillary Krajewski (age 15) for Reader Views (9/08)
Seventeen-year-old Lucy Scarborough has always been a very level-headed person. But, when she realizes the truth behind her mother’s mental illness, she will need the all the help she can get to prevent herself from following a similar path. When Lucy is raped by her date at the school prom, the ancient process begins. Now, Lucy must try to save herself, as well as her daughter, from the problem that all the women in her family have been encountered with.
A terrible curse has plagued the all the women in her family for generations. Each woman must attempt to complete the three nearly impossible tasks, listed in the ballad “Scarborough Fair,” before her daughter is born. If she is unable to complete the tasks, she will end up in the same position as her mother, insane and with a daughter in foster care. Luckily, Lucy has her foster parents, Soledad and Leo Markowitz, and her friend, Zach, to help her accomplish the tasks. But as the deadline rapidly approaches Lucy becomes increasingly unsure about how the horrible situation that she is in will play out. Will Lucy be able to conquer the evil that is trying to ruin her life, or will she end up like her mother?
“Impossible” is a fantastic story written by Nancy Werlin. The story is exciting and suspenseful and so realistic despite the mentions of magic. Although it is a fantasy story, it is still very easy to relate to Lucy’s story. It is definitely a very enjoyable book that can be read over and over. Readers will love Lucy’s story and sympathize with her, even if they don’t normally read fantasy books. Werlin’s second novel is an amazing read and is sure to captivate any audience.