Author: Nancy Werlin
Date published: 2008
Type of book: Young Adult (Curse, Teen Pregnancy, Teen Marriage, Impossible Tasks, True love)
I received this book from/at: Spies Public Library
My interest in this book is: plot
Ideas expressed/message/plot: From book jacket: “LUCY HAS ONLY NINE MONTHS IN WHICH TO BREAK AN ANCIENT CURSE. Lucy Scarborough is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child’s birth. How can Lucy succeed when all of her ancestors have tried and failed? But Lucy is the first girl who won’t be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents beside her. And she has Zach, whose strength amazes her more each day. Do they have enough love and resolve to overcome an age-old evil?”
Favorite characters, quotes/lines: Lucy: very brave, and though these things couldn’t, or at least most likely won’t, happen to me, I could still relate to her; Zach: amazing, amazing, amazing. There is nothing else to be said!
When I finished this book I felt: I really liked this book. I read it really quickly and was surprised when I finished it. It seem like it was only one hundred pages long instead of nearly 400… the story was totally engrossing.
Other books to read by this author: The Rules of Survival, Double Helix, Black Mirror, The Killer’s Cousin, Locked Inside
I would recommend this book to: Readers of retellings, this book was modeled around the ballad Scarborough Fair (The Elfin Knight)