The Impossibility of Us
By Katy Upperman
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?
Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with ARC of The Impossibility of Us through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
After reading Katy Upperman’s debut novel, Kissing Max Holden, last year I knew I had to get my hands on her next novel as soon as possible. I was such a huge, huge fan of Kissing Max Holden so my expectations were high, and Katy did not disappoint. The Impossibility of Us was such a wonderful, emotional read, and it was so much better than I expected. I didn’t expect this book to make me cry, but I was crying buckets by the end. Upperman does a fantastic job of making the reader feel so many things all at once, and I can truly say this is a story I won’t soon forget.
The characters were probably my favorite part of this novel. Elise was so relatable and headstrong and Mati was so sweet and strong–their relationship is so adorable!!! I loved how the story was told from both of their perspectives–Mati’s being more poetic and Elise’s being written in prose. It really added an extra element of creativity to the story that I haven’t seen before. I thought Upperman did an amazing job at addressing Islamophobia by making Mati Afghan and showing how terribly people, including Elise’s mother, treat him. I especially enjoyed the moments when Mati taught Elise about his culture–I found those moments to be so precious.
Overall I think Katy did an incredible job with The Impossibility of Us. It touches on topics I don’t think I’ve ever read about in YA novels in such a fantastic way. In conclusion I give the Impossibility of Us four out of five stars for being a heart wrenching, emotional read that’ll be sure to have everyone crying. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, but especially to fans of contemporary romance. Katy Upperman is a fantastic author, and I truly can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
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