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Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
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Jul 14, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: 4-star, contemporary, aussie-author

3.5 stars

I am so glad that I made myself reread this book. The first time I picked it up - over two years ago - I disliked it. The writing was too quirky, the protagonist a tad too weird, the plot duller than a blunt knife... it wasn't a happy reading experience. But when I got my hands of the sequel - a companion book really, but let's not be picky - I knew that I'd have to reread this. It been too long and I didn't want to jeopardise liking Wildlife because I couldn't remember the characters from the previous book... and I am so glad that I did pick this up again.

The writing was perfect. I honestly don't know why I complained about it last time. Sure, it's a little simple but that's what makes it so fantastic. It manages to capture the perfect voice of a teenager - I don't want to limit it a male teenager 'cause I don't exactly have personal experience but it sounded spot on. It had the easy-going but raw and open tone to it. And it really worked.

Again, I don't know what I found so "weird" about Dan. He's an incredible realistic, relatable and adorably awkward character. His internal monologue had me in stitches - thank God I didn't read this in public - and other times I was smiling like a fool to myself because he just gets it. It had all the silly little things we think to ourselves written down on the page and I was nodding a long thing exactly, exactly.

So I don't know why I didn't like this the first time. It was funny, light-hearted, feel-good and adorable. The characters were spot on. The writing was pretty fantastic. On to Wildlife now with no regrets!
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