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Blurb (from Goodreads):
A captivating and profound debut novel about complicated love and the friendships that have the power to transform you forever, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
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 this blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eye.
Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him. 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.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“This felt a little dangerous, this interest in other people. It meant that there was something that I needed, or at least wanted. It seemed to demand some kind of action on my part, and I had no idea what was supposed to come next.”
This was a bit of an unusual story, and it was written similarly to The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
I felt quite sorry for each of the characters in this story, even though she put on a brave face, Mira was obviously suffering with depression, and the lack of support she received from her parents was awful. Poor Sebby also had a lack of support, and even his foster mother didn’t seem to care much about him, and Jeremy was the victim of bullying, to the point where he had no friends at all.
“You better not try to pretend to the boy who was in the psych ward with you for three weeks of our lives that you’re the only crazy person sitting here.”
The storyline in this was about Jeremy becoming friends with Mira and Sebby, and finally feeling like he had someone to rely on, as well as being able to help Mira and Sebby in return. The pace in this was quite slow, but the underlying messages and relationships between the characters were the most interesting part of the story.
There was some complicated romances springing but between these three, and there were some mentions of sexual acts.
“See, Jeremy, girls aren’t that hard to please.”
The ending to this was pretty open, and could have done with being a little more concrete really.
“May we live the impossible life.”
7 out of 10