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Six Impossible Things (Six Impossible Things/Wildlife #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,793 ratings  ·  176 reviews
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...

"I loved this book so much I wanted to be in it." K
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Paperback, 263 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Pan Macmillan Australia
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Flannery
Sometimes I like to think of my adventures in reading as an episode of MTV’s old show, Singled Out. Sure, that dates me as a human being but hear me out. I’m standing at the end of an extremely long pathway and all the books that have ever been written are at the beginning. Slowly, I start weeding them out. “Westerns, take a hike!”, I say to start things off. (or maybe some sort of awkward cowboyish saying would be more apt as I don’t know too many cowboys into hiking) “Self-help, I know you wan ...more
Janina
Six Impossible Things …

1. Not find Dan utterly charming and adorable and not cheer him on towards his well deserved happy ending.

2. Not laugh out loud at his musings.

3. Not like Howard, the psychic dog.

4. Not wish for Dan's mom to find happiness again.

5. Put the book down.

6. Not want to hug the book after having finished.

#8 Aussie YA Challenge 2011
Limonessa
It is not exactly pleasant to wake up one day and find out that:
- your father has declared himself gay and ditched you and your mother;
- your dad's business has gone bankrupt and you and your mother are on your own without a penny to your names;

Add to that the fact that your house has been taken over by creditors along with furniture, clothes, personal belongings, EVERYTHING. You have to leave your good, private school, your friends, and swallow the bitter humiliation.

This is what happens to Da
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Arlene
Aug 03, 2011 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Bookers - The Aussies
Something large and happy has unfolded in my chest, erupting in a smile that won’t quit. I can’t remember ever feeling so light-hearted. Or is my heart full? Or bursting? Not aching, that’s for sure.

Wow! Have I ever wanted to tackle hug a protag! I have to say hands down Dan from Six Impossible Things has hijacked my heart! It’s not too often we get the luxury of reading a YA Contemporary in a guy’s POV, and this book is a perfect example of how awesome they can be. This story pulled at my hea
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Reynje

Guys, I kind of want to hug this book.

Funny and endearing, Fiona Wood’s loose interpretation of Cinderella has just the right balance of quirk and emotion. Narrated by fourteen year old nerd-boy Dan Cereill (anagrams FTW!), from the intriguing prologue to the grin-inducing last line, Six Impossible Things is a charming little novel.

It’s a light read, in the sense that the prose flows smoothly and the dialogue is snappy (Wood’s experience as a television scriptwriter shows), but it also has a t
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Nomes
Just when I thought the Aussie YA scene couldn't get any hotter right now... along comes Fiona Wood's Six Impossible Things.

I couldn't put this book down.

And then, when I finished, I immediately wanted to go back to the beginning and read it all again from that start. (I settled for another hour of flicking through and re-reading classic moments and favourite lines)

There is so much to love about this book it's hard to know where to begin.

Dan is completely lovable, funny and cute in such an una
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Nic
Nov 22, 2010 Nic rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nic by: Nomes
Favourite Quotes: ‘Something large and happy has unfolded in my chest, erupting in a smile that won’t quit. I can’t remember ever feeling so light-hearted. Or is my heart full? Or bursting? Not aching, that’s for sure.’

5 stars is not a high enough rating for this. There is something special about Six Impossible Things. Maybe it is the extraordinary writing or the touching and funny plot or maybe it is the unforgettable characters but either way this book is absolutely brilliant.

One of the reason
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Emily
There's this book I like.

Well, like might be a bit of an understatement. I LOVE Fiona Wood's Six Impossible Things with a fiery passion. If, in some sort of unforeseeable situation, I needed to take a bullet for this book? Well it was great knowing you guys.

This is a book full of not-so-secret diaries, wedding cakes, ancient houses, hidden attics, pretty shoes and pretty girls, Radiohead (with an unhealthy Thom Yorke obsession thrown in), sneaking out and a loveable dog named Howard.

In a not-
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Jasprit
I’ve been on a Aussie book binge as of late, the last couple of books I read were full of awesomeness, but they have also been quite intense The Piper’s Son and Raw Blue, so I needed something light and easy going, a couple of my great Goodreads friends suggested Six Impossible Things and it was exactly what I needed.

Dan’s life has quickly been turned upside down, from living with his parents and attending a private school with his friend Fred, he’s just found out his dad’s gay, their family b
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oliviasbooks
This fulfilling story of friendship, loneliness, loyalty and love has two important ingredients going for it:

1. Awfully sweet, but realistic characters (There is no need to emphasize his unquestionably cute infatuation with his next door neighbor Estelle, because I loved 15-years-old hero Dan for caring so much about his inherited and footsore dog Harold and for trying to pull his freshly divorced and impoverished mom out of her misery and her imagined talks to her idol Thom Yorke anyway. Said m
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Maggie
Meet Dan Cereill.

Fourteen, smart, and totally adorkable. He’s also dealing with:

1. His parents’ divorce
2. ...on account of his father being gay.
3. Having to move and start a new school
4. ...because dad lost their savings.
5. Trying to shed his loser image and impress the girl next door
6. ...as he ends up answering to ‘dickhead’ in front of her on the first day of school.

Needless to say, things aren’t going well. After moving into his deceased aunt's house, the person he talks to the most is Howar
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Shirley Marr
Six Impossible Things is about the Top 6 List that Dan Cereill (that's surreal and not cereal) has started inside his diary since his dad turned gay and his broke & charmingly-unhinged Mum moved them into their now dead aunt's house. Number 1 on the list being what he deems the most impossible: Kissing Estelle, his dream girl-next-door.

Let me begin by saying that I love the tone of this book. It is quirky and unusual in that it is written from a teenage boy's point-of-view, but instead of be
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Ariana
Rating: 5 shiny stars from the midnight sky and a litlle moon :)

Now six Impossible facts about me:
not to want to read an Aussie book
not to love a witty main character
not to enjoy sarcasm and good humor
not to love young love stories that make me smile laught until my cheeks hurt
not to LOVE this story
not to give a big thanks to my book fairy for bringing this piece of joy into my life
not to realize that this is the seventh item on my list.

Dan put the cute into the cuteness and if I have to
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Belle
This book is adorable. It’s the coming-of-age story of Dan Cereill, who is feeling a bit overwhelmed due to the fact that his family not only have no money, they are also no longer a family – his dad has come out as gay and left Dan and his mum to flounder with a failing cake business in the drafty house they were lucky enough to inherit from a great aunt. Throw in the fact he has to change schools and has developed an instant crush for his next door neighbour, Estelle, and it’s not hard to see ...more
Cath Crowley
I sat all afternoon today and read this book. It is so beautiful and hilarious and sad and sweet. I love it. I am sitting with it next to me because I am not ready to leave Dan and Estelle just yet.
Tina
Original post at One More Page

Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood is a loose retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale with a guy as the main character. Dan Cereill's life just kind of fell apart. His parents split after his dad came out, they lost their family fortune, he moved to a new-old house and transferred to a new school and his mom opened a wedding cake business that was doomed to fail from the start. And then there's his neighbor, Estelle, who's caught his eye and his heart from the mom
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Paula Weston
I loved this. Read it in almost a single sitting (stopping only for food). Simmone Howell is right: Dan is an absolute sweetheart. I love that he has such little hope of success, but commits fully to every challenge. And yes, I loved sweet little Howard too.

Fiona Wood's writing is sharp and witty, and her characters are so likable and believable. I laughed out loud more than once and enjoyed the way all the emotional strands came together. Like I said: I loved it.
Holly
Fourteen-year-old Dan Cereil’s life couldn’t be more upside down. Not only has his father come out of the closet but he’s left Dan and his mum to move house and find another source of income after his company folded and he’s moved out. Luckily it would seem Dan’s great aunt Adelaide has just so conveniently died leaving them her historic home. Unfortunately it’s in various states of disrepair and needs to be refitted for his mother’s new wedding cake business. Compounded by Dan’s geeky and shy t ...more
Nicole
What a great book! If Dan wasn't 14, I'd be majorly crushing. Instead I get to remind myself that I'm pretty much a creepy old lady now. Aussie YA is impressing the hell out of me lately. I can't believe Fiona Wood wasted any of her writing talent on Neighbours, practically sac-religious when you can write books this magic! Read this, you will love it!
Choco
I enjoy YA books, but hardly ever have I swooned over male love interests in them (because I'm older?). Having finished Six Impossible Things, I so wish I were a teenager because I would have obsessed with Dan the main character. He is my kind of guy. Just LOVED him. To tell you the truth I may have even swooned a little bit.

Another thing I loved about the book is tiny details, like Estelle the girl next-door's preference for banana milkshakes with syrup rather than actual bananas. I don't know
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Michelle
I love this book to bits. I really do. It’s funny and charming and totally sweet. I really, really should have read it sooner.

I loved Dan’s narration and I found myself grinning like an idiot at various points throughout the book. He seesawed between being mature and thoughtful, and being a bit of a tosser. But, for the most part, he was really sweet and, to me, a totally believable guy. I immediately connected with him and found it really easy to understand and relate to his anxiety about makin
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Chachic
Originally posted here.

Six Impossible Things is a loose Cinderella retelling, written from a guy's perspective. I don't think I read enough male POV books and I enjoy reading retellings. As if that isn't enough to convince me to read this, Aussie book bloggers have been raving about this book in their reviews. Dan feels like his life has fallen apart when his parents split because his gay dad suddenly decides to come out of the closet and admit that the family business is also bankrupt. Dan even
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Romy
Congratulations are in order for Fiona Wood she has written a thoroughly entertaining debut YA novel which I devoured in only a couple of days. Six Impossible Things is a funny and poignant coming of age novel with a nerdy yet loveable protagonist who I have to say I have a bit of a soft spot for.

Dan’s had a bad couple of months, his mother is broke due to his fathers bankruptcy, his father just ‘came out of the closet’, he’s moved with his mother into an old house that’s cold and smells like ur
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Ariel Acupan
No time to write a review so I'll make a quick list instead of why I like the book:

1) One of the most plausible male character written on male perspective by a female author.

2) The writer was able to connect to me through the things I like. (i.e. season finale of Skins Mad World cover and Kings of Leon)

3) I like that the author wrote it as simple as possible, a straightforward storytelling.

4) It was loosely based on Cinderella and the main character is a geeky guy.

5) There's hope. A geeky guy c
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RitaSkeeter
DNF at page 103 - just couldn't take anymore.

In my opinion (completely unbiased), Australia produces some spectacularly awesome YA fiction, so I was really looking forward to this book. I wanted to read Wildlife, but after finding out this book came first of the two companion novels I thought I'd start here at the beginning.

I really wish I hadn't though. I hated the Rainbow Rowell book Attachments, and this felt like a YA version of that book with a creepy stalker boy stalking the girl he fixate
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Michael Justine
My feelings are quite mixed with this one. There are indeed heart warming parts and some hilarious moments. However, the flaws were glaring and I have a lot of issues with it. I know that this novel is more of a feel good, escapist work and I have no prejudice against escapist works. Stephanie Perkins' works had escapist plots that had the everything-went-perfect feel but her wonderful writing and gift for creating developed romance made her works stand out from the other feel good works. In thi ...more
Lisa
I’ve had the pleasure of attending my son’s wedding this weekend, so it was an interesting experience for my bedtime reading to be a comic YA tale of 15 y.o. frustrated love and anguish. In Six Impossible Things Fiona Wood has captured the internal voice of the angst-ridden teenage male so well, it was like a revelation, making me wonder if my son, now grown up with his beautiful bride by his side, had felt similar torments. I say this because The Adolescent Male is not renowned for sharing his ...more
Tye Cattanach
Those of you who read my reviews, may have wondered, do I ever review a book I don’t like? The really clever ones amongst you may have deduced the answer already. The answer is No. I don’t. Ever.

Why? The answer, for me, is easy. If you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing. (This has proven to be a wise thing to know)

This may have led some of you to believe that I must LOVE every book I read. NOT TRUE. I wish it was. The truth is, for every book I review here, I may have read as many as T
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Joy (joyous reads)
If there ever was a teenager who should get a lifetime pass for rebellion, I think Dan Cereille was a prime candidate.

He’s barely fifteen.

His parents are separating.

His father just announced he’s gay.

New school. New life. New house. New sets of problems for this socially inept nerd-boy.

You say upheaval, I say understatement.

Most of the time, I found myself hugging this book, imagining that I was hugging Dan. No, I’m not a pervert. I’m just saying that NO ONE, I mean, NO ONE deserved a hug m
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Mands


Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood is set in Melbourne, Australia. Dan and his mum have just moved into his recently deceased great aunt's house after his father came out to them and left them to go on a retreat. Due to some bad financial decisions they also have no money and his mum starts up a wedding cake business and Dan tries to find a part time job.

I think Dan took all of this rather well, he was never whiny, he if he did complain to his mum a few times, I think most teenagers would have
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Fiona Wood has been writing television scripts for the last ten years on shows ranging from MDA and The Secret Life of Us, to Home and Away and Neighbours. Six Impossible Things is her first YA novel. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, two YAs and a bad old dog.
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