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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

Title: Six Impossible Things
Author: Fiona Wood

Release Date: 1st August 2010

My Rating: 4/5

Fourteen-year old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving house, new school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now, he's narrowed it down to just six impossible things...

My Review:
I have had a really hard time trying to review this book. I loved it and I was pretty sure I would as I had read so many fantastic reviews of it. But my mind is in holiday mode and words are not working for me right now so here is the jist of what I think...

Six things I loved about it:

*It was very funny with plenty of irony and sarcasm
*All the characters were developed fantastically and there was someone for everyone to identify with
* Dan's situation is common in real-life but not common in the YA literary world so it felt like a breath of fresh air and something teens would be able to relate to
*The story is age-appropriate. Dan is fourteen, and the events and milestones are that of a fourteen-year-old
*Dan Cereill is an anagram of Cinderella
*The book is full of cliches but it JUST DOESN'T MATTER

The ending is predictable but in a good way and I would definitely read this again, maybe not straight away, but definitely again.


  1. I love the way you've reviewed this book. I have heard so many brilliant things about this book and am very excited to read it. I love how Dan's name is an anagram of Cinderella - stuff like that is so cool. I also love YA books that are age-appropraite and teenagery - as many YA's seem to be set in some literary world and not the real one.

    also - I'm reading Waiting for You at the moment too. How are you finding it? I'm not so sure it's my thing...

  2. Nomes, I've just finished 'Waiting on You' and I found at the beginning I was really struggling with it due to the writing style and the number of times "like" was used in a sentence! So teen America! I did end up liking it more towards the end though. I'll post a review as soon as i find the time in the next few days.

  3. I read Six Impossible Things and the thing that struck me was the absolute beauty of the language - not a cliche in sight. The twig-snaggled sky is one of the most beautiful lines I've read all year. I couldn't get it out of my head. And I love how the characters are full and rounded. How there are no villains, only humans. Such a very beautiful book.


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