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.Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on August 11th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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 Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he's narrowed it down to just six impossible things...
Dan Cereill has more problems than Jay Z. Between his dad coming out as gay, a financial meltdown, and a new school, the poor kid is stuck in the worst soap opera ever. But everything takes a backseat when he meets Estelle…because there’s nothing better than stalking someone to forget your problems. Honestly, who knew a fourteen year old could be so creepy?
Books like this one make me wonder if maybe I’m getting a little old for certain YA Contemporaries. While some of Dan’s choices made me cringe, I understand that the author tried to step into the mind of a fourteen year old. However, the final product is too similar to a terrible high school movie to make an impact. Dan is instantly obsessed with Estelle, even though her character is boring and very flat. I just didn’t get the appeal. Also, he does things that are beyond creepy and I couldn’t blame his age for any of it. My first note while I was reading this was “stalker vibe?” and it applies to the entire book. I don’t feel like this is a coming-of-age story. It comes off as a very exaggerated story about a bunch of teens that were more like characters than people. Everything was too over-the-top to be believable and/or enjoyable.
I think what bothered me the most about this novel is that it actually had a lot of potential. The family issues could’ve been developed more. Even though the pacing was too slow for my taste, I did enjoy the few clever and witty parts of the story. But all the good parts were overshadowed by the very uncomfortable romance. Focusing so much on his obsession really hurt the story and drove me insane. I really wanted to love it–and I did find it charming it at times–but I can’t get over the flaws.