As you probably know already, ‘13 Reasons Why’ recently premiered on Netflix (and if you didn’t know, then which rock have you been living under?!) and while I haven’t seen it yet, I’ve been inspired to start a series of posts, in which I will detail 13 reasons why you should read a certain book.
Now – 13 Reasons Why You Should Read Fans Of The Impossible Life
“May we live impossibly,” Sebby said when he opened his eyes. “Against all odds. May people look at us and wonder how such jewels can sparkle in the sad desert of the world. May we live the impossible life.”
- The amazing writing style of Kate Scelsa – the book’s chapters alternate between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person POV, by Jeremy, Sebby, and Mira respectively, and while other people might not pull this off, Scelsa really does.
- Hint of polyamory? The tagline for the book is “The story of a girl, her gay best friend and the boy who falls in love with both of them.” And that’s basically what you get – a whole lot of love. Also, there’s one scene in particular, that will get the good kind of goosebumps popping up over your skin.
- Diversity – Sebby’s a foster kid with drug problems, Mira deals with serious depression and an unsupportive family, and Jeremy’s painfully shy as a result of past bullying. Mira’s also biracial, half-Jewish; one of the other characters is Korean, Jeremy has two gay dads – just….so much diversity.
- Complex characters – none of the characters are just one thing. They all have these really intense layers to them, and they have problems, and those problems are dealt with. They’re not shied away from.
- Open ending – books with open endings are always the best, because then you can imagine whatever you want to happen to the characters after that. It’s not set in stone, and your imagination can wander.
- Mental health issues – this is a big thing in the book, and I like that it’s something that’s dealt with, since it is a real thing that affects real people. In this book, we see Mira struggle with her issues, and Sebby with his, and Jeremy trying to handle both of their problems as well.
- Sebby. Literally, just Sebby. He needs to be protected at all costs, and I adore him.
- If you like ‘Perks of Being A Wallflower’, then I guarantee you’ll like this.
- Very distinct personalities – even though the chapters alternate between the trio, and the POV narratives change, each character has a very distinct voice, so at no point are you confused about whose thoughts we’re seeing.
- It’s just really hella intense – from page one, you’re hooked, and that’s it. You’re enveloped in these characters’ lives, and their problems, and you’re there until the last word.
- The slight flirtation with going against gender roles – when Jeremy wears one of Mira’s dresses and lets her put makeup on him – is freaking awesome, and I need more of that in books.
- A gorgeous cover – not that the cover really matters in the big picture, but still. The three sets of feet on the bed, just truly incapsulates what the book’s about. It’s wonderful.
- Absolutely beautiful language, and quotes that will stick in your head long after you’ve closed the book.
“In a really good thrift store you feel like you’re in a room with all of these stories, and it’s up to you to go and find the stories that you want to bring home with you. And then when you wear the clothes, they help you tell a new story, but they’re bringing that old part with them and with you and you’re benefiting from that in a way that you can’t even really understand.”