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Marco Impossible

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  305 ratings  ·  89 reviews
In Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz, best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band. Of course, things don't always go according to plan, and every heist comes with its fai ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Roaring Brook Press
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Sep 20, 2011 Hannah added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I listened to a lot of Taylor Swift while I was writing this, and my main characters would kill me if they knew that. Sucks to be fictional!
Kat Kennedy
You just never know what you’re going to get with a Hannah Moskowitz novel. Other than that it is something good. Really good. But is it going to be something happy? Something heart-wrenchingly sad? Both? Is she just going to straight up gut you and leave your innards lying on the floor at your feet while you hollowly ask, “Why, Hannah? WHY!?”

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“Don’t know! Seemed like fun to make you give up on humanity and despair for the world!”

Marco Impossible is one of those books that will make
Marco Impossible reads like the plot for an as-yet-nonexistent Disney Channel Original Series, where you imagine all the characters are dressed in bright, primary colors, and the school set is much larger and cleaner than I remember my own middle school being, and occasionally the whole cast breaks out in song about bullying and/or friendship, and then at the very end there’s a huge dance number with Marco and Benji making out in the center of everything.

I would watch the shit out of that show,
I read this novel and my heart didn't break. Yes, it's true. I read a Hannah Moskowitz novel and did not emerge from it a sniveling ball of snot, tears running down my face because of my broken heart. I didn't think it was possible to read a Moskowitz novel and not be heart-broken on some level, but it is. Folks, Marco Impossible is the time that Hannah Moskowitz wrote a novel with a happy ending. And we all cried anyway.

Marco Impossible is my first Middle Grade novel from Hannah Moskowitz but,
Jenni Arndt
Hannah Moskowitz became an author I’m very excited about after I read and loved her YA novel Teeth. Her writing style was a fast favorite of mine and I really enjoy her ability to be gritty and honest while weaving a pretty fantastical tale. Marco Impossible showcased everything I love about her but in a much more innocent way. This story dealt with issues such as bullying and tackled the confusing dynamics of many types of relationships.

Stephen has grown up being Marco’s best friend and detecti
Megan (Book Brats)
Since I started blogging, Hannah Moskowitz has come very strongly recommended to me by a number of bloggers I love and trust. Sadly, I haven’t had a chance yet to read one of her books, until I finally found my review copy of MARCO IMPOSSIBLE buried somewhere deep in the black hole of no return, also known as the back of my bookshelf. I dove into this little book without knowing much about it other than the basics – middle schoolers and best friends, one gay and one straight, plan to announce to ...more
sunset shimmer
I would read anything by this flawless woman. Anything.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 Stars

Marco Impossible is my second Moskowitz novel, and it could hardly be more disparate from Teeth. Sure, both have male first person POVs (interestingly, both are told from the perspective of the character you wouldn't expect to be the main character) and LGBT themes, but the mood and writing of the two pieces are so different. Marco Impossible is often frustrating, but ultimately so satisfying, sure to leave you with a smile on your face.

Why the book is titled Marco Impossible becomes ap
Jenni Frencham
Marco has a crush on a classmate, a classmate who is about to leave for the entire summer. So he plots a way to break into the high school's prom so that he can confess his undying love before his crush leaves for the summer. He drags his best friend Stephen along for the ride.

I will have to echo what others have said about this book. I'm glad for a tween book with a gay character, and I sort-of enjoyed following the boys on their adventures across the town as they tried to rent tuxes, forge per
the golden witch.
Guys, I can't tell you how much fun I had with this one. While it's spunky, charming, and utterly a blast to read, it's very different in tone when compared to Moskowitz's other effort that was published earlier this year, "Teeth" - at least, on the surface. Moskowitz has done the impossible - she's written a solid MG/young YA contemporary with tough stuff issues inside without entirely couching it in suicide or bullying (though there is some of the latter in this book). She redefines the 'tough ...more
Leta Blake
5 stars for making me very uncomfortable with feels.
3.5 stars for some plot weirdness and some stuff that didn't hang together.
= 4 stars

Melissa Barbier
This book seems long by its size but flies by. The two main characters, Marco and Stephen are a great pair who are going into high school, but still have a lot of fun "kid" left in them. Marco has already come out the closet, and seems very comfortable with himself. Stephen begins to notice some graffiti that is anti-gay around the school and begins to wonder if someone is going to come after Marco. The whole book takes place in just a couple of days while the two boys try to sneak their way int ...more
Aurora Dimitre
This was Hannah Moskowitz, so I knew I was going to like it, because Hannah Moskowitz is a beautiful writer with beautiful books and beautiful characters and overall it's all beautiful and oh my god everything is going wrong and what .

So, uh, this was a good one.

To be honest, it wasn't my favorite of her books. Most of that is, I think, the characters - they were really well-done, but they just frustrated me. And I mean, that's good, that they can get some sort of emotional reaction out of me
Kat O'B
This quick read is fun and serious at the same time. As EmmaJ says in her review, "How many books about "one wild night of adventure" to "get the girl" involve one boy wanting to declare his love to another? Not many.
I liked that this was set at the end of eighth grade, as it kept things a little lighter. Not that there wasn't angst and a little violence, but toned down...The story is told from Stephen's point of view (Marco's best friend/side-kick)...So you get to see Stephen's point of view an
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Sally Flint
This is a quirky book that is well worth reading. It explores the lives and emotions of two boys who are just finishing middle school. The strength of the book is that we really gain a lot of insight into the narrator and care about him. At times it is almost stream of consciousness, but set against a middle school setting. The main character Steve, acts as a sidekick for his best friend Marco, who really doesn't deserve him. Marco is self-absorbed and selfish. Marco is besotted with another boy ...more
Hernando Rey
This review is also written in spanish / Esta reseña también está escrita en español.


I would like to start this review by saying that when I received this book and I opened it the first thing that caught my attention was a small piece of paper that said "For audiences 12 to 14 y/o", as you can Imagine I was very disappointed when I read this and I realized that I was 10 years too late for read this book.

Now, when I started properly reading this book I felt no particular connection with
This was funny and had great character voices--I loved Stephen and Marco's friendship and squabbles. It's like a combination of Winger and The Great Greene Heist?

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Ultimately it's nice to have another good, fun, realistic MG-appropriate story about a gay (multi-racial!) kid in my mental arsenal.
Aug 30, 2011 Cory marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I do like the name Marco (Animorphs anyone?), but I despised Kim Possible. So I'll just wait for the blurb before I say anything more.
Sep 15, 2011 Alex marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This...sounds...awesome! It sounds like it has action, love, and all that other amazing stuff a good book has!
Richard Denney
Really enjoyed this. Hannah is an awesome writer.
Book thoughts coming soon.
So good. I think this book broke my heart a little bit. But in a happy way. It's a sweet read, even though I tend to hate books where people are trying to attain some impossible goal in the course of a night in a town/city (I'm looking at you, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist) because it's so stressful for me when there are wrenches thrown in the plan (and there are always wrenches thrown in the plan). But this was just wrench-y enough without me feeling panicky, with plenty of pay-off at th ...more
I read Teeth, I loved it and I now knew I needed all of Hannah Moskowitz’s books in my life. I braced myself for the unexpected, I didn’t know which direction Marco Impossible would go, should I prepare myself for utter soul wrenching angst or heart exploding happiness? (My emotions tend to be one extreme or the other for Hannah Moskowtiz). I found a charming, wonderfully fun book with an undercurrent darkness following endearing, complex characters that didn’t completely ruin me and had me smil ...more
Erin Sterling
I think the only thing that really prevented me from rating it 5 stars was that the characters were sometimes unbelievable as 13-year-old boys (the dialogue, the thoughtfulness, the introspection, some of the plot points...) because otherwise I loved this book. It reminded me a little bit of Rebecca Stead in that it revolves around a friendship and relationships where assumptions are made and intentions misunderstood but overall demonstrated in a normal, not over-dramatic way. Stephen has been b ...more
Emily (Book Jems)
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I just adore Hannah Moskowitz. She's perfect and I love her. Of all the books that I've read by her, Marco Impossible may be my favorite. It's real and sweet and meaningful and absolutely heartbreaking in the best of ways. I cannot stress how much love I have for this book.

Stephen and his best friend, Marco, are almost in high school. It's the end of eighth grade and many changes are hovering over them. Marco's about to get a new little sister. Stephen's older bro
Stephen, who comes from a family with six children, has been best friends with only child and drama queen Marco most of his life, and doesn't care that Marco is gay. Now they're at the end of 8th grade, and Marco is determined to declare his love for Benji, another student who is returning to England after his band plays at the high school prom. Marco's plan is to sneak in to the prom; after all, he and Stephen have been detectives all their lives, so a heist should be easy, right? Not so much. ...more
I love Hannah Moskowitz. Her characters are always so awesome.

The Story:

Best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band.

My Notes:

1. This book is about friendship. I really like how the trials and tribulations played out in the story between Marco and Stephen.

2. Have I mentioned there were awesome char
I want to take each and every one of these characters home with me. Moskowitz has this uncanny ability to create another group of characters for me to love and cherish.

Marco and Stephen are best friends who love to solve crimes. It is the last day of Middle School when a mysterious ninja with a note appears on their teacher's desk. But, Stephen is sick of being the Robin to Marco's Batman and takes on the investigation alone while Marco is making other plans.

Benji, the boy of Marco's dreams is l
Christa  Seeley
This review originally posted at More Than Just Magic

Stephen is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary best friend. To say Marco is a handful would be an understatement. He’s energetic, unstoppable and has a flair for the dramatic. Take the plot of this book for example – with the help of Stephen, Marco designs their first ever heist. They’re used to playing detective, they do it on a day to day basis. But this heist is so much more than detective work – they need to break into the high school pr
Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz
247 pgs.
Target audience: Middle Reader
Rating: Griffin

Middle school children Marco, Stephen and Sasha have been investigating minor transgressions since they were five – lost dogs, missing socks, stolen lunch money and the like. But ever since Marco came out, the new exchange student from England, Benji, has been the sole focus of the group’s attention. When Marco hears that Benji’s band will be playing the high school prom, he drags Stephen into an impossible
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Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. She was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and her book GONE, GONE, GONE won a Stonewall Honor in 2013. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013, and now lives in Ne ...more
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