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Marco Impossible

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Marco Impossible

Whatever do you do with a friend like Marco? Stephen finds that half the time he is exasperated, frustrated and angry, and then he’s enchanted, moved and happy with Marco. Everything seems to evolve around Marco, his needs and his wants. But, for Stephen, Marco is a one-of-a-kind friend; so despite his misgivings, he will stick with him.
 
"The reader is carried through an amazing evening as life, friends and family get entangled in a series of crazy, life-changing events.
 
Thirteen-year-old Marco is an only child and not happy when his parents leave to pick up their newly adopted daughter. While they are gone, he stays with Stephen’s family. Marco and Stephen have been friends since they were little so it’s not an uncomfortable situation. But Stephen’s family is big. Is the chaos in this house going to move into his house when the new baby is on the scene? Stephen’s family is nice, but Marco has never had to “share” so much and it’s pretty noisy with everyone around.
 
It’s the end of the year and the big prom is coming. The prom is where Benji and his band will be performing. Why is this a big deal? It’s a big big deal because Marco is very attracted to Benji. In fact, he has the world’s biggest crush on Benji. The bad thing is that the year is coming to an end, and while Benji will be in Europe and in the fall, Marco will be going to Prep school. Marco decides to let Benji know how he feels, take the risk and be done with it. He decides that the best place to do this will be at the prom, on the stage, in front of everyone! He decides that Stephen can help him pull this “heist” off and that is that.
 
Stephen, as usual, follows Marco’s lead. Yes, he has great misgivings, but none of that seems to matter. Because Marco is openly gay, there are people in the school who do not accept him. The latest thing to happen is having his locker vandalized. What worries Stephen the most is the note he found which says, “Die.” So, there are some big risks if Marco thinks standing in front of the school to announce his love for Benji is going to be that simple.
 
There are lots of complications in trying to pull this whole thing off. First they must get Stephen’s big brother Brian involved because he has perfect handwriting (that’s another story.) They also need to get money for the tuxes, plus transportation costs. These are minor issues, really, because Stephen is convinced that Marco is making a BIG mistake, but there’s no stopping him.
 
It turns out to be an evening of surprising and scary events. Stephen is trying to watch out for Marco and also yearning for a relationship with Sasha (another partner in their caper.) Stephen’s brother Brian turns into a kind of hero by showing up at a very strategic time. But when the time comes, can Marco let Benji know how he feels and if he does --- how will that end? Is it too late for him to turn back, even with Stephen’s help? Confrontations and countless obstacles seem to doom the outcome of this crazy evening --- especially when bullies from school find Marco alone.
 
Moskowitz handles her characters with a deft hand, letting us care very much about them even with Marco’s selfish ways and Stephen’s endless patience. The reader is carried through an amazing evening as life, friends and family get entangled in a series of crazy, life-changing events. Sometimes the riskiest paths can lead to unexpected things for two good friends finding out about life.

Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts on March 18, 2013

Marco Impossible
by Hannah Moskowitz

  • Publication Date: January 9, 2018
  • Genres: Family, Fiction, Humor
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • ISBN-10: 1250143926
  • ISBN-13: 9781250143921