Book Review: Fans of the Impossible Life

20522640Novel: Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa | Goodreads
Release Date: September 8th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: ARC
Source: BookPeople Teen Reviewing

This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.

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.

Very rarely do you find a book as magical and stunning as Fans of the Impossible Life. Scelsa has crafted a beautiful story of friendship that will connect to each and every reader, whether it be the desire to find friends, the love you have for the friends in your life, or your awe at the love of friendship, Fans of the Impossible Life is a book for the ages.

I definitely connected most with Jeremy, so for me he drove the story. I found his narrative of isolation and the glimmers of hope the most relatable. Jeremy reminded me of people I’ve known, and I saw myself in him occasionally throughout the book. His blunt way of seeing the world and his calm disposition made him immediately likable – quite honestly, Jeremy kept me reading in the beginning of the book.

But Sebby brought it home. My curiosity about Sebby and his past kept me interested. I didn’t understand Sebby, and even after finishing the book and thinking for a few days I’m still grappling with his character. He is so beautifully flawed – all the characters are – and so utterly human. Sebby is the one in the group of friends who puts up the most facade. He disguises his pain and pretends he’s fine, and I think Mira and Jeremy see it, but they don’t know what to do.

Mira was an interesting character. In her moments with Sebby she was a completely different person – confident and frank in her opinions of people. In moments alone though, the reader sees Mira’s crippling self-doubt and self-hate that leave her hurt and struggling to find some way of making herself happy. Sebby, and later Jeremy too, make her happy. So she latches onto them.

Their friendship is so beautiful and strong, but as the book goes on you begin to see that something will go wrong and they will all come toppling down. Jeremy, Mira, and Sebby rely so heavily on one another and are so dependent on each other that when one of them is lost, they all are. This is both the beauty and the danger of their friendship that I loved reading about.

Fans of the Impossible Life is hands down phenomenal. It is one of those books I haven’t been able to stop thinking about – or talking about. The honesty of the characters and their witty yet poignant narratives make the book intriguing and, frankly, consuming. I couldn’t put it down.


  • Jen

    I’m so excited to read this!! (thank goodness I have an eARC). I’m really curious to see who I would identify most with – I’m glad to hear that Jeremy was the one who pulled you into the story, but also that Mia & Sebby are also relatable and genuine characters. I’m ready for the feels in this book!!