Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I really enjoyed Katy Upperman’s first book Kissing Max Holden so I was thrilled when I received a copy of an ARC of her book The Impossibility of Us at a conference a year ago. The book has been on my TBR shelf for quite a while but I finally read it. Here are my thoughts:
Title: The Impossibility of Us
Author: Katy Upperman
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher however all thoughts and opinions are my own
Other Books Reviewed by Katy Upperman: Kissing Max Holden, How the Light Gets In
Summary: Elise’s mother has just moved them away from their home in San Francisco forcing her to start her senior year as a new student. Elise is happy to be closer to her brother’s widow and her young niece, Janie, but she misses the city she used to call home. However, everything changes when Elise meets Mati, a charming young man who is visiting the United States from Afghanistan so that his father can get medical treatments that could potentially save his life. Elise knows she should stay away from Mati but she is drawn to him and as the two form a bound they are meet with prejudice and hatred from their neighbors and hostility from Elise’s family who have never recovered from her beloved brother’s death in Afghanistan. Can the two find a way to over come those prejuidce and find a way to be together?
Review: I enjoyed this book, I really did, but I just didn’t love it and I have been trying to figure out why since I finished it two days ago. This is a quiet kind of love story with the characters developing a relationship through brief interactions and long conversations. It’s a kind of love story that you don’t always see in YA lit and I respected that aspect of the book. I also respected how Upperman was honest about prejudice and explored about how a person’s personal experience can shape their perceptions even it those perceptions are unfair. However, I felt that this quiet love story moved a little quickly with Elise and Mati falling in love just a little too soon. Also, the ending was a little too tidy. The couple was facing huge odds and had people from both of their familes wanting to tear them apart but their HEA was acheived in just a few pages. The ending was nice and sweet but it was also a little to convenient and a little too neat. The Impossibility of Us is a nice love story with a strong message however the journey to happily ever after may be just a little too simple.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5