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The Impossible Vastness of Us

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The Impossible Vastness of Us

Samantha Young is an adult romance author who recently made her debut in young adult fiction with THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US. She was born in Central Scotland and is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have also been published in 30 countries. THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US first released in June 2017.

"I had a fantastic time reading this novel...[Young's] YA debut is perfect for those who enjoy contemporary and unpredictable novels that take on multiple issues."

India Maxwell is the most popular girl at her California high school, but her mother has decided to jeopardize India’s high school reputation by moving her across the country to live with her boyfriend in Boston. Her stepsister-to-be is Eloise, the most popular girl at the wealthy prep school they will both attend. India’s rough childhood has caused a strained relationship with her mother. Her new school is full of rumors about her. When she begins to settle down and make friends with Eloise and her boyfriend, Finn, her situation gets a little more complicated. Additionally, India has a lot of insecurities to work through on her own

I try to stay away from books that are majority high school drama, and I loved this plot because it was so much more than that. Initially, I was a little frustrated with India, but over time she grew on me as more of her story was revealed. India’s relationship with her mother was a focal point, and I enjoyed the growth of their relationship. I was a little thrown off by the fact that India addressed her mother with her name, but eventually, it became clear as to why. Eloise and her group of friends were sometimes terrible, but there were a few of them like Charlotte and Gabe who were supportive of India. India’s stepdad was a complex character and also one of my favorites for most of the book. Finn was a fascinating if a bit cliché character, but he grew on me as well.

THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US is full of layers. It features a variety of issues and twists that make for more than an average contemporary novel. I am usually pretty good at knowing the direction of the plot of a romance novel, but I was surprised by how much I did not see coming. I found it to be a quick read even with pretty long chapters. Every relationship had a clear arc that was perfectly planned. I never felt bored while reading India's story.

Overall, I had a fantastic time reading this novel, and it makes me want to look out for anything new Young releases. Her YA debut is perfect for those who enjoy contemporary and unpredictable novels that take on multiple issues. The story is more mature than some YA contemporaries, but she is in high school and ultimately a very relatable character.

Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member on May 29, 2018

The Impossible Vastness of Us
by Samantha Young