Just Finished Reading: Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

Six Impossible Things
by Fiona Wood
To be published in the US on August 11, 2015
by Poppy

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he's narrowed it down to just six impossible things...

My take: Sometimes I complain about young YA, and Poppy does seem to be an imprint that puts out a fair amount of it.

While I would call Six Impossible Things a YA book that does skew a bit young (it features a main character who's not yet fifteen) I found it enjoyable all the same. Dan's father has just come out and left the family, and he and his mother are forced to move to a decrepit old house that has been left to his mom by a relative. Dan's next-door neighbor is the fascinating Estelle, and when he discovers a connection between their attics, he's able to get a unique perspective on Estelle and her life. After all this upheaval, he makes a list of ... you guessed it: six impossible things he'd like to accomplish.

I must confess that I thought Wildlife, Wood's companion book to this one, was a stronger book with more emotional depth and more interesting narrative aspects. But Six Impossible Things was sweet and charming in its own understated way. It felt a little like an Australian John Green book - you know, awkward boy pines after unattainable girl and grows up a little in the process. Since Dan also has a depressed/dumped mother, I'd call it Paper Towns meets About a Boy.

If you're not a fan of contemporary YA this may seem a little too quiet for you. If you're a fan of the awkward male narrator and/or of Aussie fiction, give this one a go!


  1. Great review Jen! It's new seeing a protagonist in YA that's 15, usually they are 17 or 16! But glad you enjoyed this one!

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  2. Meh. I'm not big on the young end of YA either. Still, it does sound vaguely interesting, so ... maybe. Have a great week, Jen :)

  3. Hmm an awkward male lead does sound good.

  4. I do like the sound of the awkward main character a lot! This sounds like it's a sweet book, so I might look more into this since I enjoy YA contemporary novels.
    Glad you enjoyed this! :)

  5. I had a similar experience to you when I read this one - I enjoyed it, even though I found the protagonist a little young (in that I enjoy reading about older characters better.)

  6. This sounds pretty cute, with the awkward teen boy. I like that it's a bit different than the average YA contemporary (aka. 17 year old girls). And I do like bucket list stories. Glad you found this enjoyable (: Thanks for the review!


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