Review: Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz

4 December, 2012 Featured, Reviews 52 comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Marco Impossible by Hannah MoskowitzMarco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz
Series: Standalone
Published by Roaring Brook Press on March 19th 2013
Pages: 256
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon Good BooksBook Depository

In Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz, best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band. Of course, things don't always go according to plan, and every heist comes with its fair share of hijinks.

You just never know what you’re going to get with a Hannah Moskowitz novel.  Other than that it is something good.  Really good.  But is it going to be something happy?  Something heart-wrenchingly sad?  Both? Is she just going to straight up gut you and leave your innards lying on the floor at your feet while you hollowly ask, “Why, Hannah?  WHY!?”

“Don’t know!  Seemed like fun to make you give up on humanity and despair for the world!”

Marco Impossible is one of those books that will make you laugh, laugh some more, fall in love with all the characters and float around buzzing afterwards.  Marco and Stephen are so effortlessly charming and wonderfully fun.  Moskowitz has captured that awkward balance between child and teenager.  Marco and Stephen are just at the tipping point and the grand Heist in this novel is their last hurrah before life takes them in different directions.  The novel perfectly captures that ennui of two friends close to saying goodbye to childhood and each other and their desire to also charge forth and grow older and mature.  Throughout the novel there is an intense tug and pull between the two.  Between wanting to play and solve mysteries, and looking for something deeper and intransient.

As always, Moskowitz’s signature ability to create characters that jump out of the page with their complexity and personality is here on display. From big loud Marco and quietly suffering wingman, Stephen.  Two words to describe them and this story?  Utterly charming.  Words to describe how much I want to lock Hannah Moskowitz in a basement and force her to write 24/7 for my own personal satisfaction: Restraining Order.

It’s short, it’s sweet, it’s just about perfect.  I’m very likely sneaking it into our local Catholic High School library, and the local council library, and every school library we can possibly get it into.  If you’re a teacher, a librarian or a parent – this is a great book that I highly recommend.

It’s coming to the end of 2012 and I’ve already read all of Moskowitz’s 2013 books.  I can’t express how depressing that is for me.

Kat Kennedy

Kat Kennedy

Co-blogger at Cuddlebuggery
Kat Kennedy is a book reviewer and aspiring author in the Young Adult genre. She reviews critically but humorously and get super excited about great books. Find her on GoodReads.
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52 Responses to “Review: Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz”

    • cynicalsapphire

      Also, I always dread reading the last book out by an author I love. All I have left for John Green are short stories. I have two more A. S. King books, though, and haven’t read any Moskowitz yet. ENVY ME WITH ALL THE MOSKOWITZ IN MY FUTURE!

      • KatKennedy

        @cynicalsapphire I’m envying you so hard right now!  I wish I could forget her books and then go back and read them.

  1. Lisa FicTalk

    This sounds like it’ll be a very cute read! I didn’t know that Hannah had another book coming out already right after Teeth! Great news!
    Great review, Kat!

    • KatKennedy

      @Lisa FicTalk I know!  This one was a little on the D/L wasn’t it?  But that’s what I’m here for!

    • KatKennedy

      @aprilmom00 Teeth WAS amazeballs.  This one is a lot of fun.  Definitely give it a try.  Have you read Gone Gone Gone yet?

  2. IMC

    Look at it this way… If the world does end on Dec. 21st you took the only chance you’d ever get of reading those books. 😉

    • KatKennedy

      Wow!  I never thought to look at it that way!  You’re right.  But I still want MOAR!

  3. AnimeGirlAlex

    The book sounds really, really fun! I don’t think I had heard of the author before but I’m going to try and look up her books 😀 
    Thanks for the review.

    • KatKennedy

      @AnimeGirlAlex You haven’t heard of Hannah Moskowitz?!  Oh my god!  We have to get you hooked!  Now!

  4. readingwishes

    This sounds so awesome! I hardly read MG anymore but if it sounds good (like this one does) I’ll definitely look into it. I haven’t read anything by Moskowits yet but I want to and SOON! I love your love for her and am sorry your so depressed that you’ve read all of her 2013 releases already. But hey, that means more time to send creepy, stalker emails to her asking her to write moar, moar, MOAR  – asking her for her awesome, writing brain works too. Ooh! It can be your mission to recruit members to the Hannah Moskowitz fan club! Also: rereading! Epic review, Kat Kennedy! I love your full name 😀 The one, the only, Kat Kennedy! 😉

  5. VictoriaScottYA

    Just stopping in to say that this review is very well-written. Love the voice. It POPS off the page!

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    That picture looks just like a girl version of pinkie pie from my little pony. The likenesses is scary.

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