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Extraordinary (Impossible, Bk 2)
Extraordinary - Impossible, Bk 2
Author: Nancy Werlin
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ISBN-13: 9780142419748
ISBN-10: 0142419745
Publication Date: 9/20/2011
Pages: 416
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Speak
Book Type: Paperback
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readermuse avatar reviewed Extraordinary (Impossible, Bk 2) on + 96 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book is a wonderful YA read. It's really about finding out who you are and finding the courage to then stand up for yourself. In other words, letting yourself be who you really are deep down inside. It's not an easy thing for a young teen to do let alone adults. In fact, I know several adults that would benefit from this message. She finds herself several times in this book. At the beginning with selfish and bullish type of "friends" and then later with Mallory and Ryland and even later the queen.

Perhaps, it's better if I just stay silent and let someone else say what I'm trying to say:
"To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity." ~ Irving Wallace
To me, that is it in a nutshell. Thanks Mr. Wallace! :)

It is also a story to say that if things were easy in our lives. we may never truly find out who we are. We may not like the struggles in our lives, but sometimes they are necessary to push us further along with ourselves and find out who we can become. There is also a subject brought on with her boyfriend, Ryland. I think it was an interesting and unusual way of dealing with the subject of boyfriend abuse. Not the physical kind, but the more insidious type of verbal abuse.

So, while I do find the messages within this story important, I should note that the story itself is well written and the pages go fast. Phoebe's story is as fun and you do root for her especially in the end. I give this book 4 stars and recommend it to every young person or really anyone beginning their journey on finding themselves.
skywriter319 avatar reviewed Extraordinary (Impossible, Bk 2) on + 784 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
With its beautiful cover, I really wanted to like EXTRAORDINARY. But it didnt turn out as I had hoped. Choppy writing and distance from the characters marred my reading experience of EXTRAORDINARY.

If Nancy Werlin was going for a fairy tale-like narrative style, then she succeeds. The narration feels distant from the characters: oftentimes, the characters thoughts and peculiarities are told rather than shown us. Fine for a fairy tale (have you ever read the Grimm brothers works?), but I couldnt be sure if that was what the author intended. It is a book featuring fairies, but whether the narration was supposed to match the ethereal quality of its fantasy aspect, or it was simply clunky and emotionally ineffectual writing, I couldnt tell.

There was definitely a forced quality to both the writing and the story. I understand that Mallory and Ryland manipulate Phoebebut I remained unconvinced that Phoebe was so easily convinced by their machinations. Phoebe falling in love with Ryland, who is so vague in the performance of his supposed attentions toward her? I didnt necessarily have to like RylandI dont think thats the intentbut I at least had to believe that Phoebe would really like him. Which I didnt.

EXTRAORDINARY was an interesting attempt to meld together the formalities of fairie court life with the concerns of contemporary human beings. However, it was missing the connection between story and reader that I desire in the books I read. As a result, this is a hard one for me to recommend.
reviewed Extraordinary (Impossible, Bk 2) on + 8 more book reviews
Very good book! Fast reading, interesting story, Real life mixed with a little bit of magic!
GeniusJen avatar reviewed Extraordinary (Impossible, Bk 2) on + 5322 more book reviews
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Phoebe was raised by two loving parents who told her constantly she was an extraordinary girl, but now Phoebe's life may depend on her ability to admit she is simply ordinary.

In seventh grade, Phoebe made a big decision. She decided it was time to make some new friends. Inspired by the arrival of a strange, new girl, Phoebe made it her goal to befriend Mallory. The more she got to know Mallory, the more she knew the new girl needed her. What she didn't realize was that it was a friendship controlled by forces far beyond anything Phoebe could ever imagine.

The years passed quickly as the friendship between Phoebe and Mallory grew. The two became inseparable. Phoebe learned about Mallory's ailing mother, and with her own mother's help, arranged for daily care and medication so Mallory could live a more normal teenage life. Mallory even had her own room across the hall from Phoebe's so she could get away when necessary. The two were almost like sisters.

Phoebe wasn't totally surprised when Mallory mentioned her brother was planning a visit. Mallory's mother's condition meant she was forced to live a rather secretive life sometimes. This mysterious older brother had been living in Australia for years, but a career change made it possible for him to return.

Ryland has a strange magnetism that attracts Phoebe instantly. He exhibits a quiet maturity that has Phoebe wanting to know more and more about him. However, when opportunities present themselves for private moments, Ryland makes it crystal clear that Phoebe must not let Mallory know about their relationship. When frustration drives Phoebe to sneak a peek into Ryland's bedroom, she finds something that she cannot begin to understand or explain.

Author Nancy Werlin takes readers into the fairy realm once again in EXTRAORDINARY. She weaves a fascinating family history into a tale of friendship, romance, and personal sacrifice. The story of friendship is carefully constructed in the here and now, and then it is creatively mixed into the fantastic world of the fairy kingdom complete with a dying queen and her quest for a source of renewing power.

Fans of Werlin's IMPOSSIBLE will be rushing to grab this one off the shelf.