Title: Fans of The Impossible Life
Author: Kate Scelsa
Synopsis: The story of a girl, her gay best friend and the boy who falls in love with both of them.
MIRA is a chronic fatigue syndrome-suffering, vintage dress enthusiast. She’s starting over at her old school St. Francis Prep, where she promised her parents that she would at least try to pretend that she could act like a functioning human this time, not a girl who can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby.
SEBBY seems to carry sunlight around with him. Even as life in his foster home starts to take its toll, Sebby and Mira together craft a world of magic rituals and impromptu road trips designed to fix the broken parts of their lives.
JEREMY is the painfully shy art nerd at St. Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn, it’s as if he’s been expecting him – a blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eyes.
As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.
Rating: 5 stars
Review: I was given this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book gave me some serious deja vu of ‘Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ but in a good way. In Sebby, I saw Patrick, and in Mira, I saw Charlie, and it was a good thing.
Two best friends – Sebby, who is flamboyantly gay, and Mira, who has a history with depression and self-harm – find their lives entwined with Jeremy, a painfully shy art geek who was the victim of a homophobic joke the previous year. Over the course of the novel, they become each other’s support system, even when friendships are tested.
I loved how the different POVs were written differently. Mira’s POV was written in third person, Jeremy’s was in the third person, and Sebby’s sporadic chapters read like this;
“Hey,” you said, peering over from the perpetually uninhabited gospel section.
It’s different, which I loved. I loved seeing the turmoil of their separate troubles, and seeing how they worked through them as best they could. My heart broke for them, and it healed again a little every time with every kiss shared between Sebby, Jeremy and Mira.
Trigger warning though – this book deals with homophobia, drug use, depression, self-harm and bullying. If these things are a trigger for you, don’t read this book. As good as I think it is, if it could trigger something for you, it’s not worth it.
However, I do recommend this to fans of ‘Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ or ‘Looking For Alaska’. It’s a great YA read, and I give it a full-hearted five star rating.
This is released on September 10th 2015.