Not Enough Bookshelves: Couples Countdown: Guest Post by Cath Crowley

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Couples Countdown: Guest Post by Cath Crowley

I’m very excited to welcome Cath Crowley, author of A Little Wanting Song. Her guest post is on Six Impossible Things, a book I’ve heard wonderful things about, but haven’t been able to get hold of yet ~ come on UK publishers buy Aussie!


My favourite couple from a book that I’ve read this year is Dan and Estelle from Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood.

“There’s this girl I know.
I know her by heart. I know her in every way but one: actuality.
Her name is Estelle. I yearn for her.” (p.1)

Dan and Estelle are so beautifully drawn. They’re real and they’re detailed and they’re funny and they make me want to be with them after the last page. They don’t meet on page one and fall in love. They find out the faults of each other. They find out the secrets they both keep. They find out the good bits in each other.

I love that Dan is unsure how to kiss a girl. “It’s a classic learning-by-doing activity… How difficult can it be? And there is the crux of the matter: I have no idea how difficult it might be.” (p.229) I think the biggest risks are showing someone your vulnerabilities. Dan’s humour and his lack of know-how make me love him. So I know exactly why Estelle falls for him.

The great thing about Estelle is that she’s real. She starts out as an idea for Dan. And then he begins to know her. It’s the slow-knowing that happens between couples that I love in fiction. It’s the missed kiss and the awkwardness. It’s the truth in them. That’s why I love Dan and Estelle.

Fiona Wood is a spectacular writing. After finishing Six Impossible Things I sat in my chair for a while, not wanting to leave the world created. I’ve read it three times and I always feel the same way. 

Thanks so much Cath!

Cath Crowley can be found blogging hereA Little Wanting Song is available now. Graffiti Moon  come out on the 14th February ~ I can’t wait I have heard amazing things about this book!


  1. Aw, this sounds so sweet! I'll have to see if I can find it!


  2. Kim – If you find it let me know!


  3. That sounds like a terrific book! Thanks for the tip 🙂


  4. AHHH this sounds amazing!! so many bloggers have raved about it 🙂 Great guest post!


  5. Love this post! I read both Graffiti Moon and Six Impossible Things this year. I think it's great that Cath Crowley chose a couple that I really enjoyed reading about. Dan is such a quirky character and it was a lot of fun seeing how his friendship with Estelle developed. Can't wait to see what Fiona Wood writes next.

    Happy Holidays! 🙂

    PS: If you guys want to order Aussie YA books, has free worldwide shipping (haven't tried ordering there yet but it has been recommended several times)


  6. Aw man, this sounds like my kind of story! Hmm…Wonder how hard it'd be to find in the States…


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