The Impossibility of Us
by Katy Upperman
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?
- First and foremost, the MC Elise is a precious girl who I love.
- She’s so willing to THINK
- which should be a golden rule in YA literature.
- And she’s a loving owner to her dog. Which is a golden retriever/poodle mix,
- my fAvOrItE kInD
- have you seen Goldendoodles, because if so you understand.
- LOOK AT THIS FURRY TEDDY BEAR BOY
- And Elise’s voice is just vibrant and strong and wonderful and TOLERANT and thoughtful.
- She handled her brother’s death with so much maturity and goodness.
- Usually I love dramatic characters who sink forever into soul-consuming grief,
- but this story NEEDED a mature lead character.
- Because I ship her with Mati so much.
- SWEET, GENTLE Mati!!!!!
- He’s like a butterfly covered in bubbles.
- It crushed my heart when he was treated with so much prejudice by his community.
- When he’s escorting his dear mother through town, and her hijab makes them a target for ridiculous bullying.
- WE NEED YOUR POSITIVE EXAMPLE, BOO.
- Mati and his mom deserve so much better.
- + His POV is done in poems, while Elise’s is in prose.
- SO CLEVER.
- Structure says so much about who the characters are and skdfjdslkf
- This made me panic like the true geek I am.
- Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I’ve found YET ANOTHER set of lovable characters. c:
Are you excited for this book?
Who is the most lovable character you’ve ever read?
Mine is still Stanley from Heroes for Ghosts, but Mati and Elise were SO RIDICULOUSLY FLUFFY.
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