Article Title

Six Impossible Things


Aylea Stephens


Excellent, Young Adult, Fiona Wood, Heartbreak, Loss, Loneliness, Parental Abandonment, Friendship, Diaries, Work, Parent Relationships

Document Type

Book Review


Dan Cereill has more problems than he knows what to do with. His dad just came out as gay, he and his mother would be homeless if they hadn’t inherited his great-aunt’s house, they have no money, his mother’s wedding cake business is failing, he is bullied and doesn’t fit in at school, his new dog (also inherited from Aunt Adelaide) is sick, and he’s in love with the girl next door. He doesn’t get why his dad decided to leave them or why his mom seems to be trying to sabotage her own business. In spite of having six impossible things to accomplish, from kissing Estelle from next door or talking to his dad again after he leaves them, Dan does his best to try to make new friends, help cheer up his mom, and find a new place to belong in his new life. Even though he started with six impossible things, he learns that if he doesn’t give up, living a happy life might not be as impossible as he thinks.