Title: Fans of the Impossible Life
Author: Kate Scelsa
Publication: September 8th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBT
Mira is starting over at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents 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.
Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint 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 this blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eye.
Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who 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.
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.
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My thoughts: (*may contain minor spoilers)
I received this Advanced Reader’s Edition copy from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!
I just read another book that talks about diversity. Although I cringed on some parts, I did enjoy reading this book especially when it was reaching to the end. The end was too soon though, but it ended really well. And there are a lot of things to talk about in this book, but I’ll probably end up saying few things. That is just me. Deal with it.
First things first, the writing style was a big wow to me. This book contains first, second and third person point-of-view, like who the heck has the time to that? I applaud Kate Scelsa for the uniqueness in writing this wonderfully crafted book. Jeremy has the first person point-of-view. Sebby has the second person POV which is really, really confusing because I’m not too familiar and comfortable with the speaker talking with the word “you”. And Mira has the third person POV.
“May we live impossibly 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 characters in this book are too cute. Jeremy is an artist who was bullied before and became really unsociable. Then he met Mira (Miranda) and Sebby (Sebastian) who turned to be his friends as he approached them for his to-come Art Club. In spite of everything that happened to him, there was this person who was always there for him and his name is Peter, a teacher in his school.
I had a problem in the start because it was too boring, and I keep on reading and just waiting for that spark that will pique my interest. Soon, I found myself not stopping on reading this amazing book because their trio friendship is literally everything you will wish for. Jeremy as the will-do-anything and quiet friend. Sebby as the happy and funny friend. Mira as the nice and caring friend.
This book exemplifies equality to all people, gender-wise. Jeremy’s father is divorced and has married a boy which technically is his other father (or stepfather?). In this book, they are the first couple who were married with the same gender. This book teaches us to stand up for ourselves even though we are tormented by people around us, teasing us with insulting words.
“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.”
*Every part where Sebby and Jeremy have this intimacy, I just laugh and cringe at the same time. I don’t know why, but I just felt like wincing at some moments. I know I should not, but I just couldn’t imagine them together. I do not ship them. I will sink their ship in any means possible. Sebby deserves someone else. Jeremy deserves someone else.
Not to mention that this large book has a really cute cover. And this book was recommended to me by a friend. Without this person, I would have no plan on reading this beautiful book.
4 swords for an awesome diverse book
About the author:
Kate Scelsa writes plays and books. Her young adult novel “Fans of the Impossible Life” will be coming out September 8, 2015 from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray. She’s represented by the amazing Brianne Johnson at Writers House.
Kate grew up in New Jersey, went to school at Sarah Lawrence College, and now lives in Brooklyn with her wife and two black cats. Current interests include: angsty singing ladies, interior revolutions, and exterior adornments. Also – nostalgia as an art form. And – spiritual conspiracy theories.