Pub Date: Sep 8th 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
I received a copy of this book at BEA when the author was doing a signing- unfortunately I couldn’t get it signed but at least I got the book!
First of all I just wanted to point out this book is full of diverse characters, which was not only awesome but made the story more realistic. Fans of the Impossible Life includes homosexuality, cultural diversity, mental disabilities, and more all into one beautiful story. In my opinion, the diverse cast shines the brightest and really makes the story what it is.
Mira and Sebby both struggle a lot with life- Mira has a form of depression whereas Sebby has a really sucky upbringing, however their flaws are what brought them together and what has kept them together. There is such a strong bond between them that made me envious, I would love to have a friend that understood me as well as Mira and Sebby understood each other.
Jeremy is a loner, ever since the incident last spring he doesn’t dare try to interact with other students. However when his favorite teacher pushes him to start an art club, he meets Mira and Sebby and his life changes for the better. He starts to break out of his shell and begins to enjoy the little treasures life offers. Mira, Sebby, and Jeremy become almost inseparable, making me envious once again. Although Jeremy breaks out of his shell, he’s still very insecure and depend on Mira and Sebby for emotional support. His flaw is that he puts the two on a pedestal, which they don’t deserve to be on since they’re just as flawed as he was. I think this is why I like Jeremy so much, at the end of the book he has developed but he still has a ways to go- it proves that he’s human.
What I found most interesting about the book was how Sebby’s point of view was written in 2nd person, which means that instead of using the words ‘I’ or ‘Sebby’ the author opted to use the word ‘you’. At first it was a bit disorienting because I’ve never read anything like it, but once I got used to it it was really interesting. A lot of negative reviews complained that they felt disconnected from Sebby because of the writing, but I think that that was the point. Sebby has been through a lot of shit in his life, he makes some pretty stupid decisions, and (like many teenagers) he wishes that he wasn’t him. The ‘disconnect’ we feel is because Sebby feels disconnected from the world and himself. His life is just a bunch of actions that he cares less and less about by the day. At times it was hard to read Sebby’s thoughts and actions, but at the same time it’s an accurate representation of what many teens go through; it’s raw and real.
I also wanted to share that I feel that this book was marketed wrong- based off the first line of the blurb many people assumed that this was going to be a story about a bisexual love triangle. There was no love triangle at all, in fact I felt that there wasn’t any romantic love at all- just lust and the love friends have for each other. Honestly, I’m happy that it wasn’t a love triangles because A: I hate love triangles and B: There was so much going on that a love triangle would’ve just been too much to fit in the story.
I didn’t rate this book five stars because of a few reasons but the main reason was because of a particular scene involving the three friends. This scene made me very uncomfortable mainly because I thought it was unnecessary; it also made me feel that the character development that Mira and Jeremy underwent was cast aside which made me angry. I also thought that it was a bit mature for YA, since I had a clear image of what was happening in my head.
Another complaint I noticed floating around was the fact that the ending was very open and that not everything was tied up in a tidy bow. I thought that expectation was ridiculous, there’s no way that EVERYTHING could be resolved within so few pages. The open ending was another example of why this book is so realistic, you see this book isn’t a story that’s suppose to teach you something- it’s a story about three teens and their lives. Their stories aren’t over yet, they live on after the last page.