*A copy of this book was provided by Epic Reads and National Bookstore in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Publication Date: September 8th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Mental Health
Number of Pages: 360
My Rating: ★★★★✩
Ten months after her recurring depression landed her in the hospital, 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 him.
Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him like a backlit halo. 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.
A captivating and profound debut novel, Fans of the Impossible Life is a story about complicated love and the friendships that change you forever.
The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.
– Ernest Hemingway
Jeremy is the awkward art nerd.
Mira is the girl who loves making dresses and dressing up. With a hint of insecurity. And depression.
Sebby is the hilarious gay best friend who makes life lighter… even just for a bit.
Fans of The Impossible Life is the story of three remarkable individuals who are, hand in hand, trying to work their way through their lives.
First of all, the book cover does not give justice to the beauty and realness of this book.
LOOK AT IT – all nice and bright and shiny and serene and hopeful. Peaceful. Nice. But life is not like that. And this book is in no way close to that.
Fans is a book showcasing most teenagers’ struggles with mental illness, depression, anxiety, sexual orientation, discrimination, and more. The voices of the characters are so raw and real and hauntingly familiar.
They could be your friends.
They could be you.
We were three bodies that didn’t know the end of each other, breathing together. We knew that we would have to go back. Kick off the leaves and become three separate people that would go off into the world, forced to breathe on our own. But not yet. Not quite yet.
There is no simpler way to put this book into words but extraordinary and evocative.
This is a book every parent should read. To let them know that today’s generation is not the same as before. To let them know that being different is okay and that being gay is not a sin. To make them realise how little they know of depression. That depression is not something that could be healed over night and that it is an uncontrollable, ugly feeling.
This is a book every teacher, every school official should read. To let them realise that not every student is the same. To let them know that individuality is important to some people. That one may be good at something the other isn’t, and that maybe that other one is good at something else, but that doesn’t make them any less smart.
This is a book every teenager should read. To help them heal. To know that they’re not alone. To know that there’s always something to look forward to. To let them know that it’s okay to feel sad sometimes. To let themselves be free of their demons.
What I like the most about this book is the uniqueness of each character. However, I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because there was something else I’m looking for, which I have no idea about! That didn’t affect my love for this book, though. Highly-recommended!