The Resource Impossible : a novel, Nancy Werlin

Impossible : a novel, Nancy Werlin

Label
Impossible : a novel
Title
Impossible
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Nancy Werlin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
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Storyline
Tone
Award
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2008
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2008.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2010
Review
  • Gr. 7-11 /*Starred Review*/ Date rape, a pregnant teen, and a shotgun wedding (of sorts)—must be a YA problem novel circa 1985, right? Not really. From a hidden letter, 17-year-old Lucy Scarborough learns all sorts of melodramatic, ridiculous, but true things about the circumstances surrounding her rape on prom night, her subsequent pregnancy, and why therapy and her signature pragmatism won't be much help against an ancient fairy's curse. By the Edgar Award—winning novelist whose thrillers include The Rules of Survival (2006), this tale, inspired by the song Scarborough Fair, showcases the author's finesse at melding genres. Although it's perhaps overly rosy that Lucy's devoted foster parents take the curse in stride, Werlin earns high marks for the tale's graceful interplay between wild magic and contemporary reality—from the evil fairy lord disguised as a charismatic social worker to the main players' skepticism as they attempt to solve the curse's three archaic puzzles (We've formed the Fellowship of the Ring when really we should've all just gone on medication). Meantime, Lucy's marriage to childhood pal Zach, a development unusual in YA fiction but convincing in context, underlies the catapulting suspense with a notion that will be deeply gratifying to many teens: no destiny is unalterable, especially not when faced with tender love magic, weird and hilarious and sweeter than Lucy ever dreamed, worked by truly mated souls. -- Mattson, Jennifer (Reviewed 07-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 21, p65)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 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 in The 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 --Jennifer D. Montgomery (Reviewed September 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 9, p194)
  • Werlin (The Rules of Survival ) melds fantasy and suspense in a contemporary setting for a romance with plenty of teen appeal. Lucy Scarborough, raped on prom night, is pregnant. Committed to keeping the baby, she nonetheless sees disturbing parallels to her mentally ill mother, Miranda, who had Lucy as a teen, then left her in the care of the Markowitzes—Soledad, a nurse-midwife, and her husband, Leo. Boy-next-door-type Zach, home from college and living with the Markowitzes, happens upon Miranda's teenage diary, which outlines a curse placed on Lucy's family generations earlier by the evil Elfin Knight: the women all give birth as teens before descending into madness. Lucy can break the curse only by performing three impossible tasks set forth in a variant of the ballad “Scarborough Fair.” None of her forebears have come even close, but then none of them had help from the selfless Markowitzes, the love-struck and self-sacrificing Zach or the Internet, where items like goat horns can be easily located: Lucy is the luckiest accursed girl ever. Werlin disguises the retro elements by creating feminist male leads, and even though the outcome is never in doubt, she builds nail-biting tension. Ages 12–up. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 28, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 30, p74)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this modern-day fairy tale, 17-year-old Lucy and her loved ones apply 21st-century rationality to their quest to escape an ancient curse. Lucy lives with the beloved foster parents who have cared for her since her teenage mother went crazy after Lucy's birth. But what Lucy and her parents don't know is that it's not just Lucy's mother who went mad, but her grandmother, her great-grandmother and further back, through countless generations: She is descended from a long line of women who have babies at age 18 and then go mad. It all seems to be connected to an ancient fairy curse that's detailed in a strange version of the song "Scarborough Fair." Together with her parents and childhood friend Zach, Lucy vows to break the curse. Modern logic and methodology mesh splendidly with fairy lore; if emergency contraception won't break the curse, then maybe duct tape will. The conclusion is startlingly wholesome, comfortable and complete for the usually dark Werlin, and the melding of magic and practicality produces a lovely whole. (Fantasy. 13-16) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2008)
Awards note
  • Sequoyah High School Masterlist, 2011
  • National Book Award finalist
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
275139
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Werlin, Nancy
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.W4713
LC item number
Im 2008
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
4.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Impossible series
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Elves
  • Pregnancy
  • Teenage mothers
  • Magic
  • Elves
  • Pregnancy
  • Teenage mothers
  • Elves
  • Magic
  • Pregnancy
  • Teenage mothers
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Impossible : a novel, Nancy Werlin
Link
http://www.mackin.com/BookPics/Book.aspx?isbn=9780142414910
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Companion to: Unthinkable
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn212852779
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9780803730021
Lccn
2008006633
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)212852779
Label
Impossible : a novel, Nancy Werlin
Link
http://www.mackin.com/BookPics/Book.aspx?isbn=9780142414910
Publication
Note
Companion to: Unthinkable
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn212852779
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9780803730021
Lccn
2008006633
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)212852779

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