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Fans of the Impossible Life

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Fans of the Impossible Life

Mira’s previous school experience ended with a number of days where she couldn’t get out of bed. With insistent parents by her side, she knows that she cannot let life get in her way again. Mira is determined to succeed at Saint Francis Prep and prove to the world that she is capable of being normal. The only thing she is scared of? Potentially facing the world without Sebby by her side.

When Jeremy’s previous year at Saint Francis Prep ended, he had no friends. Due to “the incident,” he is not sure if he will ever have a social life again. So when he invited Mira and Sebby to join Art Club during the first week of school, he knows that he has nothing to lose. Suddenly, he is tossed into a world of art, love and friendship. Surrounded by his new Art Club friends, Jeremy is ready to face the world.

Sebby has been bouncing around foster homes and schools for most of his life. He has been through everything, yet he still walks through life with a smile on his face. Without him, Mira would not be the person she is today. Despite Mira’s worries, Sebby knows that he would never be able to spend a day without seeing her.

As I was reading, I could tell that Scelsa understands the complexities of young adulthood and that she has the ability to translate those ideas into words on a page. I have never been able to understand my thoughts as clearly as I could through her writing.

For Mira, Jeremy and Sebby, the year turns into an adventure full of ups and downs and backwards flips as they discover who they can truly be as individuals. Between Art Club, fairy rituals and high school dances, the trio truly has the best year of their lives.

FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE was one of the most honest young adult novels I have ever read. Kate Scelsa did not hide any aspects of teenage life from her readers. Within the first few pages, I felt a connection to the characters in the novel. I understand the struggles in Mira’s head; I could identify with Jeremy’s lack of friends; I could even start to empathize with Sebby’s confusing childhood.

It is always refreshing to read a book where the author is not afraid to write the entire truth. As I was reading, I could tell that Scelsa understands the complexities of young adulthood and that she has the ability to translate those ideas into words on a page. I have never been able to understand my thoughts as clearly as I could through her writing.

FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE is the perfect book for high school students who are struggling to figure out who they truly are. Despite some obscene language and a few suggestive scenes, I would strongly suggest my peers to delve into the beauty of this novel. I know that this book can truly help teenagers reconnect with themselves and their true goals in life. 

Reviewed by Aliza M., Teen Board member on September 9, 2015

Fans of the Impossible Life
by Kate Scelsa

  • Publication Date: April 18, 2017
  • Genres: Sexuality, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • ISBN-10: 0062331760
  • ISBN-13: 9780062331762