Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

25965908How did I get the book? I bought it

Genre: Contemporary / LGBTQIA / Mental Health

Synopsis: Ten months after her recurring depression landed her in the hospital, Mira is starting over as a new student at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to act like a normal, functioning human this time around, not a girl who sometimes 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 a mischievous glint in his eye.

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 secret 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.

200words (or less) review: This book is a story about friendship and love. Some of that love is romantic but mostly it’s the kind you have for your friends.

Sebby and Mira found each other in hospital and Jeremy meets them about a year later when Mira starts at the same school he attends. They all have their own past and their own struggles but together they support and love each other.

Reading Fans of the Impossible Life was interesting because I connected with Mira, yet that connection didn’t happen for the two characters. Kate Scelsa let’s all three narrate the book, with Mira and Jeremy having the lion’s share.

Mira has depression. She feels uncomfortable in her body and her family aren’t very understanding. She creates outfits out of second hand clothes and trying to magic away things in order to cope… I so got it. Because I connected with Mira I enjoyed this book. I think Kate Scelsa portrayed Mira’s depression convincingly (for me).

Fans of the Impossible Life has a lot of plus points and I think if you like the characters it’ll work for you.

Recommend it?

Yes*

3.5Stars
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