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The Impossibility of Us – Book Review

Title: The Impossibility of Us

Author: Katy Upperman

Pages: 320

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Published: July 31, 2018


The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

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When I started reading The Impossibility of Us, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, as it turned out to be a lot less “fluff” than I was expecting, and actually touched on some more serious topics.

The Impossibility of Us touches on so many topics, like loss, grief, racism, prejudice, love, tolerance and acceptance, but it’s done in such a way that it never feels preachy or like I was being told how to feel about something.

One of the things that I disliked about the book was the insta-love between Elise and Mati, especially after they had such an uncomfortable and rocky first couple of meetings with one another. It felt as though the relationship between them was being forced upon the reader for the sake of moving the story along, and not because the characters were driving the plot that way.

This book made me feel so many emotions. Elise and Mati’s story is so heartbreaking, but I love the strength that they both find in one another, despite all of the hardships that they face. It takes so much courage to stay together despite both of their families taking issue with their relationship.

I give The Impossibility of Us 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed reading it, and it was a quick book to get through.

*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

By Bailey Riddle

Bailey Riddle is a 22-year-old college student studying Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. She loves all things fandom, and can often be found with her nose in a book. When she isn’t busy with school and being a professional fangirl, she likes to cook food, read, and work on catching up on many hours of sleep.

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