The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

The Impossibility of Us

The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more....

Details The Impossibility of Us

TitleThe Impossibility of Us
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews The Impossibility of Us

  • Stacee
    Well, I went into this expecting a ball of fluff, but it’s not quite that. I loved Elise and Mati. They’re both such good people and I truly enjoyed reading them figure everything out. She’s such a smart ass and he’s such a marshmallow and together they have this quiet intensity that I couldn’t get enough of. Plot wise it was heartbreaking, but hopeful. There’s so much racism and it’s sad to know that this is actually happening in o...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Buckets, people, I cried buckets of tears reading this one. It was emotional on so many levels. Upperman incorporated ideas of forgiveness, friendship, grief, loss, tolerance, and prejudice into a touching story of first love.• Pro: What a beautiful and emotional story. My heart was wrecked in a bunch different ways, but also filled with so much joy. • Pro: I must say, I was a fan of the book format. It was alternating POVs between Elise and ...
  • Jessica Pennington
    ADORED this book. Full review to come!
  • Silanur
    Read this as a sensitivity read and really, really enjoyed it--I'll probably post a review when the publication date is closer. :)
  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
    4.5 STARSKaty Upperman has done it again. As much as I loved her debut novel, Kissing Max Holden, The Impossibility of Us has more depth, packs more of an emotional punch, and made a visceral impact that had me wiping away tears.Newly arrived in a small coastal California town in order to be closer to her niece and her brother’s widow, Elise meets Mati at the beach. Their tenuous friendship is threatened when Elise learns Mati is from Afghanist...
  • Jaime Arkin
    This was such an emotional story… I don’t think I was expecting that when I opened it up to read the first chapter. Once I started though, I couldn’t stop and I found myself tearing through this in one sitting. Upperman has created some really interesting characters with this story, and how fitting that we’re reading something like this now when we are seeing so much racial tension and negativity in the world. Elise is forced to leave San...
  • Kate (Beyond Bookish)
    Really beautiful! Katy is quickly becoming my new favorite author. While your waiting for this beauty to publish (July 31) consider picking up her debut Kissing Max Holden, another one of my favorites! Full Review of TIOS closer to the release date :D
  • Justine
    After Elise’s brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother moved to a coastal village. Elise was not pleased by the idea for she will now spend her Senior year there instead of San Francisco. Adjusting to a new comfort of living. When she met Mati, everything in her new world seems to be easier. Their connection was instant. They both found comfort in each other. But it will be not that easy…It is told in two point-of-views, Elise’s...
  • Lynda Dickson
    Just before her senior year of high school, seventeen-year-old Elise is forced to move to the tiny town of Cypress Beach. An encounter with a strange boy on the beach will lead to something she never expected to find this far from her beloved San Francisco. Will she be strong enough to overcome the prejudices of her family in order to seek her own happiness? And is it true that, in the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson, “’Tis better to have loved...
  • Natalia
    This is one of the best young adult contemporary book I have read.I was expecting a light,fluffy romance but what I got was a beautiful,emotional story .I cried buckets of tears while reading this.I loved Elise and Mati as characters.I connected so much with both of them and really rooted for them to be together and was really pleased with the ending.
  • Naomi Bates
    This book is more than just a summer romance. It’s a snapshot of real life, real prejudices, and being able to see the world through two perspectives. Upperman stitches together a girl who has lost her brother t the war in Afghanistan with a young man living in the US from Afghanistan. Elise’s voice is written in prose and shows the gutsy person she is. Mati’s voice is written in narrative poetry and reflects the person he is. LOVED this bo...
  • Michelle (Firstbooklove)
    (I received a free eARC from Xpresso Book tours in exchange for an honest review)“If you think walking away now is right, go, but know you’re taking a piece of me with you.”The impossibility of us by Katy UppermanGenre: YA, Contemporary, RomanceFormat: eARCRating: 4/5 stars(Review)(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)After her brother’s death in Afghanistan, Elise is forced to start her senior year in a coastal village. S...
  • Beth Summer
    I was lucky enough to read an ARC and all I can say is: wow. I am a huge fan of KISSING MAX HOLDEN and already knew Katy Upperman's writing is on another level, but I'm still blown away at just how unique and stunning TIOU is.First we've got the fierce romance between Elise and Mati. Their inescapable pull makes the reader feel as if we're gasping for air when they're apart. That's how good this is. Then there are the complex family dynamics, and...
  • Marie
    I really, reaaally enjoyed this book. It has everything I love: great, endearing characters, a swoon-worthy relationship with the complications, emotions and everything else. I really had such a great time reading it
  • Marci Curtis
    I wasn't prepared for this story. I had no idea it would be so emotional. It ran the gamut, from laughs to swoons, from goosebumps to tears. God, THE TEARS. I spent the last quarter of the book sobbing (no exaggeration). Because HOLY CRAP, I felt for those two kids. There's this soaring, beautiful romance, for sure, but there are also so many powerful messages about loss, desertion, racism, tolerance, love, equality, selflessness, friendship, fam...
  • rachel
    Agh this book is beautiful. Perfect for fans of Trish Doller and Sarah Ockler. I read an early draft and can't wait to read the final! :)
  • Sarah
    What a beautiful story... I cried and laughed and smiled and felt the heartbreak of these two teenagers as they fought to be together against all the reasons that they should be. Told in alternating voices and writing styles, Elise and Mati have a beautiful story to tell. Elise has recently moved with her mother to be closer to her sister-in-law and niece. After the death of her older brother in Afghanistan, Elise has been trying to survive and f...
  • Kim Owens
    This book was amazing! I found it to be realistic, eye-opening in so many ways and full of that teen angst we all remember. The characters were beautifully developed, their dialogue so genuine that I found myself drawn into their world fairly quickly. Elise is no stranger to loss, with a father that took off when she was very young, a mother completely absorbed in the writing of her romance novels, and an older brother killed in action while depl...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Swoon Reads/ Fierce Reads in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.OH MY GOSH! This book! I am an emotional mess right now! This book had all the "feels," which makes me so happy. The romance between Elise and Mati was just so strong, and their bond is so beautiful. Among the romance, there are lessons of family, friendship, selflessness, kindness, love, loss, and racism. This bo...
  • Helen
    YES! Loved this book about a lonely American girl falling for a sweet (and hot) Afghan boy who's in California temporarily while his father gets experimental cancer treatments. (Where is there in California that people can get experimental cancer treatments? I thought MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston was where the foreigners flocked?)Mati has the soul of a poet (as we learn, his POV is written in verse). Elise is drawn to him in that bittersw...
  • Lily
    He steps closer, crowding me in the most wonderful way. He leans in to whisper, “What is your wish, shaahazadi?”“You,” I say, without hesitation. “You, always.” Beautiful. Amazing. Important. Heart-wrenching. Impactful. I can't say enough good things about this book. It broke my heart so many times but also made me so so happy!This book tackles very important issues surrounding racism and prejudice. It challenges the narrow-minded op...
  • Alexis Neuville
    Read my review on my blog: The Impossibility of Us reviewA new absolute favorite. This book had me crying and all the feels were laid out on the table. Read the full review on Literary Lexi.
  • Kylie Corley
    I won an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway. I think it was fast that I won this, too. Life has just been so depressing lately, and reading this was like a breath of fresh air. It was beautifully written, and the words so captivating. The author did a great job in all the descriptions, I felt every high and low emotion of the characters.Highly recommend this book. Definitely going to pick up the author's other book and any further novels she writes...
  • Maggie
    Have you ever just hugged a book for a few minutes after you finished because you didn't know how to process how lovely it was? Yeah, that was me after finishing The Impossibility of Us. Katy Upperman has seriously outdone herself with this story. Not only is the prose gorgeous, but each character is drawn so complexly and tackles each side of hard topics like xenophobia, religion, and sexuality with careful consideration. Mati and Elise are two ...
  • Mandie Baxter
    I can not put into words how beautifully written this story is. Katy’s words swallowed me whole and spit me back out. Truly grateful to have been given a chance to read this story early. And I hope it touches the lives of many, many people after it’s release. Everyone should read Elise and Mati’s story.
  • Sara
    Oh, my heart. Katy Upperman has done it again. What a beautiful love story, such gorgeous writing, unforgettable characters. I'm grateful for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book, and can't wait to have a finished copy on my shelf next to KMH.
  • Moriah
    This was amazing. Katy Upperman did not suffer from the sophomore slump. Full review to come.*Thank you to the author for sharing a copy with me!*Full Review HERE!