Scarborough Fair trilogy, Book 1 - A New York Times bestseller.
Lucy Scarborough is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child's birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won't be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents beside her. And she has Zach, whose strength amazes her more each day. Do they have enough love and resolve to overcome an age-old evil?
Inspired by the ballad "Scarborough Fair," the New York Times bestseller Impossiblecombines suspense, fantasy, and romance to tell a story of love and family conquering all.
Werlin (TheRules of Survival) melds fantasy and suspense in a contemporary setting for a romance with plenty of teen appeal. Lucy Scarborough, raped on prom night, is pregnant. Committed to keeping the baby, she nonetheless sees disturbing parallels to her mentally ill mother, Miranda, who had Lucy as a teen, then left her in the care of the Markowitzes Soledad, a nurse-midwife, and her husband, Leo. Boy-next-door-type Zach, home from college and living with the Markowitzes, happens upon Miranda's teenage diary, which outlines a curse placed on Lucy's family generations earlier by the evil Elfin Knight: the women all give birth as teens before descending into madness. Lucy can break the curse only by performing three impossible tasks set forth in a variant of the ballad "Scarborough Fair." None of her forebears have come even close, but then none of them had help from the selfless Markowitzes, the love-struck and self-sacrificing Zach or the Internet, where items like goat horns can be easily located: Lucy is the luckiest accursed girl ever. Werlin disguises the retro elements by creating feminist male leads, and even though the outcome is never in doubt, she builds nail-biting tension. Ages 12 up.
I don’t know how to express my disgust with this book
This book is very sloppy, and full of deus ex machina. The characters are lackluster and I feel nothing for them. Lots of plot points are moved forward because the author says so, not because the characters would actually do these things. At one point, the main character is supposed to fit a model to make a vest, but for some inconceivable reason, she is disgusted by looking at the model, and has to stand the wet fabric to her shirtless best friend, and this helps move the plot forward. This is just lazy writing at its finest! The ending is a huge let down, and the character actually loses, just for her to “not actually lose” because the plot says so, and because she has plot armor. She literally doesn’t go insane because she tells the villain, “nah bro, I’d rather not”, and he listens!!?!? It’s a lot of filler, and the characters are unlikable, and the writer blames the weird behavior of of the protagonist on the curse and her being pregnant, not her bad writing. I would highly recommend against this book, I can find no redeeming qualities in it. Probably the worst book I actually finished. Read at your own risk, 0/10