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September 12, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

fans of the impossible life

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa •  September 8, 2015 • Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
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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.


I received this book for free from HarperCollins for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “The first day of my sophomore year of high school I somehow lost the ability to tie a tie.”

What a lovely surprise, Fans of the Impossible Life is.

I had thought this book would be a love triangle (with hints of ot3 goodness), but it’s more like a beautiful friendship triangle.

The book follows three characters:

  • Mira, a biracial overweight teenager who loves vintage dresses, suffers from depression, and tries to make her parents happy by going to St. Francis Prep and pretending to be normal.
  • Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend and foster kid who seems like he’s all sunshine and positivity, but harbors hurt and pain from his past that he never dealt with.
  • Jeremy, an art lover and loner who had been bullied, returns to St. Francis Prep, and becomes captivated by Mira and Sebby and their friendship when he first sees them.

Each character are such a joy to read about because of how well-crafted they are and how they interact together. You’d want to know more about them.

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