The Impossibility of Us
by Katy Upperman
Publication date: July 31st 2018
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?
“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 loved this! I expected this to make emotional because of the subject, but it really made me teary. This story was beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Elise and Mati warmed my heart. Elise was going through the grief of losing her brother in Afghanistan and moving to a new town. Mati’s family is from Afghanistan. They are in the U.S. on a medical Visa to get health care for his father. When they met there was a connection that I wasn’t read for.
“Her kiss wards off evil, worry, fear. Her kiss makes me invincible.”
These two had so much thrown at them that I was scared to keep reading. I needed things to work out between them so much. This was really down to their families. Honestly I couldn’t stand Elise’s mother and sister in law. I understand their grief, but they were downright awful to Mati. You cannot judge a whole race because of the actions of some and that’s what they did.
Like I said before, This book made me teary and emotional. I was into this story and I want to push it at people to read. Even you don’t like YA contemporary, give it a shot!
**Quotes were taken from an arc and are subject to change upon publication.