Monday, November 23, 2015

Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

Title: Six Impossible Things
Author: Fiona Wood
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Poppy
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Source: ARC via NOVL Newsletter (Thank you, NOVL!)
1. Kiss Estelle.2. Get a job.3. Cheer my mother up.4. Try not to be a complete nerd/loser.5. Talk to my father when he calls.6. Figure out how to be good.
Nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving, new-school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he's narrowed it down to six impossible things…
In this charming story of one guy’s efforts to get it together when his life is falling apart, award-winning author Fiona Wood introduces an irresistible voice and a delightfully awkward character who is impossible to forget.

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***I received an ARC of this book from the NOVL Newsletter in exchange for an honest review***

Six Impossible Things was a good and enjoyable story. It kept my attention from start to end and I had no difficulty flying through the pages quickly.There were things that I really liked and enjoyed, but there were a few things that I didn't. I  think that Six Impossible Things is a good coming of age type story. One that shows character growth, determination, and strength.

Dan has experienced something that has completely changed his way of life. His Dad just came out as being gay and they lost their family money (and possessions). On top of that, he just moved and is going to a new school. Dan makes a list of six things he thinks are completely impossible for him to accomplish. But as Dan tries to move forward with his life, will he discover that not everything is as impossible as he might think?

My favorite part of Six Impossible Things was the character growth of Dan. His life completely changed on top of being an awkward teenager. So he isn't just trying to figure out who he is and how he fits into the world, but also how to cope with the things that have been happening in his life. And I really loved the overall message that I took from the story.

For the most part I liked Dan as a character. He has really been through a lot and it was easy for me to care about what would happen to him. But I struggled and was frustrated with a few of the things he does, which is what kept me from loving his character. I was still interested in finding out what he would do in the end, and how things worked out for him.

I liked Dan's relationship with his mother and how realistic it felt. There were times he seemed annoyed and frustrated with how his mother was feeling (and acting) but at the same time he wanted to help her and be there for her. I also liked his friendship with Fred. And his love and affection for the dog.

I was okay with the romance in this story. For the most part, I think it was cute and I did like the interactions between him and Estelle. But, sadly I didn't fall in love with the romance. I cared and I hoped that things would work out with the characters, but I ended up being more excited and interested in whether his two friends were going to meet and get together.

My Recommendation:

Six Impossible Things was overall an enjoyable story. It held my attention and I was curious about what would happen. I did like the main character for the most part, but I didn't like some of the things he did. And I didn't fall in love with the romance either. I did like the character growth and I thought it is a good coming of age type story. I would recommend checking it out from the library if you really want to read it. 

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