Review: The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman || I FOUND A NEW FAVE. BLESS.

The Impossibility of Us

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?

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Published: July 31st 2018 

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Xenophobia, Grief, Mentions of Death

 

“I don’t want to find love – I want it to find me. I want it to crash into me. Know me down. Seize me.”

I wasn’t expecting this to hit me as hard in the feels as it did. To be honest, I bumped up my rating a star, but I can firmly say this was damn near perfect: I’d call this a favorite.

The plot is pretty simple: Elise and her mother move to a new town to help her sister in law while still dealing with the death of her brother who was killed in Afghan. Mati has one month on a visa to get medical help for his cancer ridden father before they go back to Afghanistan. They meet and fall in love, despite the trials of their families not liking this paring.

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“It only lasts a moment, but it’s the best moment.”

This was a bit slow, but I was engaged; I was in my feelings, my heart was weak with emotions and I felt like a love sick dog.

Yet, despite that, this book was pretty heavy. We’re dealing with grief, heavy racism and xenophobia and some ignorant adults. I may have come into this wanting a sweet romance, but I got so much more.

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Usually I’d find a preferred POV that I’d rather be in, but I couldn’t even play favorites in here: Elise and Mati were both amazingly perfect, I may be biased, but *shrugs*.

I loved how Mati’s POV was verse and Elise was prose. I loved how open they were with each other. I loved that they both had issues and hobbies and lives outside of each other, but they were still oh so very important to the other. I love how their romance pans out. I LOVED THEM.

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“This time I kiss him, and it’s the best kiss, because I’m certain now.
A million more will follow.”
 

However, I will say this is one of those romances where the two characters… all they do is think of each other? I mean, Elise does photography and Mati does poetry, but they’re constantly thinking of the other. And they have friends and we see their issues with coming out to an old fashioned loved one and long distance relationships, so it kind of balanced it out… and there’s also the fact that I loved Mati and Elise together, so I may be biased… again.

There’s even a bit of insta-love… but this is a rare moment where it doesn’t bother me? Their romance takes place in the span of a month and maybe it’s because I love them individually and separately, but you’ll hear no complaints from me. At all.

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But the adults in this one? Horrible people. I find it very honorable for Elise to forgive and believe they can change and following her brothers example of people are people, but honestly? I could never. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m that petty and forgiveness would not be in the cards for us.

And it’s… I mean… I get why they were prejudice towards Mati- the anger and hurt they suffered through with the loss of a loved one, but yikes. Especially the mother. I just… could neverBut I’m glad Elise challenged all of the ignorant comments till the very end.

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In addition to all the drama and inevitable heartbreak of temporary love, is it sad that I’m sucking up all of this ending?

I did not need the sad, bittersweet memories of what was and what could have been, so I will and did take any happiness that comes my way. My heart is weak and this ending delivered.

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