Tuesday, November 12


Nancy Werlin

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ISBN: 9780142414910
Publisher: Speak
Date of publication: September 18, 2008
Age: Grades 9 and up
Genre: Fantasy

Themes: Curses, rape, teen pregnancy, romance, mental illness

Lucy Scarborough lives with wonderful foster parents, but that is because her mother fell into mental illness after giving birth to her at age 18. It is a topic not usually brought up, until Lucy is raped and left pregnant at the age of 18—just like her mother and, it turns out, like every woman in her family before her. The Scarborough girls are living with an ancient curse, each girl giving birth to another daughter at age 18 and then going crazy. To break the curse, Lucy must do three seemingly impossible tasks to avoid going crazy and to keep her daughter. Luckily, she has true love to help her.

This book is based on a version of the song “Scarborough Fair”—yes, like the one Simon & Garfunkel sing. It is way weird. Way weird. A strange concept with an unrealistic interpretation. Basically, I couldn’t get over the fact that this was based on Simon & Garfunkel. The story was cheesy, the three tasks are utterly ridiculous, and the characters were a tad farfetched. But, hey, if you don’t know who Simon & Garfunkel are, you may better appreciate this strange fantasy than I did.

Warning: Explicit Content

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