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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Review: Six Impossible Things

Dan Cereill is a fourteen-year-old boy, and we all know that being a fourteen-year-old is confusing enough without having to deal with everything Dan has going on in his life.

His father has just declared he’s gay and left the family, they’re bankrupt and have to move to Dan’s deceased great aunt’s house and his mum is starting a new business.

As Dan says: “Guys, please, one life-changing shock at a time.”

Dan writes a list of the six things he wants to achieve in the near future – including kissing the beautiful girl next door, cheering up his mother and not turning out like his father – and they all seem impossible.

But life will take some unexpected turns along the way, and he might just be able to do some of them.

A story of dealing with change, growing up and trying to fit in, this is also a book about friendship and loyalty. The main character and our narrator, Dan, is an awkward teenager who does things like faint in front of crowds – and we can’t help but love him for it.

The way this story is written gives it such an authentic feel, with everyday language (without being over the top) and realistic situations. Teenagers will find this book relatable, entertaining and enjoyable.

Title: Six Impossible Things
Author: Fiona Wood
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: August 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780330426060
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction

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