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...
Favourite Quotes: ‘Something large and happy has unfolded in my chest, erupting in a smile that won’t quit. I can’t remember ever feeling so light-hearted. Or is my heart full? Or bursting? Not aching, that’s for sure.’
5 stars is not a high enough rating for this. There is something special about Six Impossible Things. Maybe it is the extraordinary writing or the touching and funny plot or maybe it is the unforgettable characters but either way this book is absolutely brilliant.
One of the reason I loved this book is because of the writing - interesting, quirky, witty, humorous and engaging. Fiona Wood has been writing television script for popular Aussie TV shows for the last ten years. And you can tell that she is an experienced writer as she knows how to draw you into Dan's world and make you never want to leave. I could happily stayed surrounded by this wonderful bunch of characters.
And what well crafted characters they are, even the secondary. Dan, is a sweetheart. Why didn't I know any boys like that when I was teenager? He is impossible not to love. I really empathize with him as his world is turned upside. Being a teen is hard enough without you Dad declaring his gay, your Mum's business failing, moving house, changing school, suddenly becoming poor and of course crushing on the impossible girl, Estelle. But despite all those struggles Dan is a hopeful character. You will be cheering him on, laughing with him (okay sometimes at him) and want to hug him when things go wrong.
And his crush on Estelle is super sweet. He likes her for more than just because she is beautiful but because she is interesting and smart. I love the prologue where Dan talks about Estelle and list all these little crazy facts about her. And that kissing her is always at the top of his list of things to do even if it seems impossible. The romance just makes you smile.
Overall, AMAZING. Please Fiona Wood hurry up and write more books. I want more!
And because I loved the writing so much I going to leave you with another favourite quote: 'My problems are like waves - just as one disappears with a snarl and a hiss there’s another shaping up to knock me down'.
Rating: 5/5 stars
For More Info: Fiona Wood's website
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Some news: Fiona Wood is currently working on her second novel now. 'It’s called ‘Pulchritude’ – what an ugly word for beauty…' I can't wait!