The Impossibility of Us
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?
This book was amazing! I found it to be realistic, eye-opening in so many ways and full of that teen angst we all remember.
The characters were beautifully developed, their dialogue so genuine that I found myself drawn into their world fairly quickly.
Elise is no stranger to loss, with a father that took off when she was very young, a mother completely absorbed in the writing of her romance novels, and an older brother killed in action while deployed in Afghanistan. In the summer before her senior year, her mother uproots her to move to the town where her sister-in-law and niece live.
There, she meets Mati, a young man temporarily staying in the US from Afghanistan, while his father is receiving cancer treatment. They form a fast friendship despite the cultural barriers that threaten to divide them.
I say this book was eye-opening because I had no idea what life must be like for a foreigner on American soil. I was clueless to the hate they are exposed to daily, the fear they experience and the risks they take doing the most mundane things, like walking to the grocery store. Having never been exposed to that sort of prejudice, myself, I have to admit that I felt ashamed of my blinders.
This was an absolutely beautiful book about overcoming those barriers and prejudices. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!
Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. KISSING MAX HOLDEN is her debut novel; her sophomore novel, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US, will be available summer, 2018.