Title: Six Impossible Things
Author: Fiona Wood
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Published By: Poppy/Little Brown
Source: ARC won in Giveaway
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Rating: 3 out of 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 Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he’s narrowed it down to just six impossible things…
One of my favorite genres is contemporary romance. I was really hoping for some light fluffy read, but it sadly didn’t quite leap up to my expectations. I really wanted to love it, though.
Dan, for all intent and purpose is a nerd. He’s skinny, really smart, and is not popular with the ladies. Now, I love myself a geek. Heck I’m one too, but this boy whined way too much. I understand that his father left them because he’s gay, plus they’re broke. Yet he complained about every single thing. Maybe because he’s a boy and I’m a girl and we have different ways of thinking, but I could not connect with him at all. Also, I had a really hard time with him because Dan went into his crush’s house and read her diary. Many times to be exact! I’m not sure about anyone but I really think that’s an invasion of privacy. Plus it is borderline stalking to be in another persons house.
The other part that was a bit of a let down was the relationship between Dan and his crush, Estelle. I did not see the chemistry at all. In ended up being a mediocre sizzle, to say the least. From what I read I felt they belonged more as companionable friends. They were cute when they hung out together, but I saw nothing more into their relationship.What I enjoyed immensely from the book was Dan’s friendship with his dog. Howard came with the package of living in Dan’s deceased Aunt’s house. He was adorable and so smart for such a little thing. I loved the way he acted as though he understood what Dan was thinking. I would want a dog like that! I also liked the awkward but funny friendships between he, Lou, and Fred. They made an friendship but it worked for them.
For not liking Dan much, he really grew on me towards the end of the story. I felt he grew and matured a lot. As a way to grow muscle, he took it upon himself to start running every day. In the end it helped pay off because he did stretch, and he was able to take on a bully. Had it not been some confidence growing I don’t think he would have been able to take on someone so huge. I also liked that Dan learned from his mistakes. When he knew something was wrong, he took initiative to make things right again.
Overall, this was a cute book. I did not hate it, but I couldn’t completely engross myself in it. This was not a book for me. I certainly would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone, though. If you’re in the mood for a fun book that deals with first love then I say give it a try.