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Fans of the Impossible Life

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  5,139 ratings  ·  849 reviews
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
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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Alexis U It's about as slow as Perks (I loved both). If you didn't like that book, you probably won't like this one. They're similar in tone, pace, and this on…moreIt's about as slow as Perks (I loved both). If you didn't like that book, you probably won't like this one. They're similar in tone, pace, and this one is about 3 times as long.(less)
alexis ♡ Yes, but it has a lot of "mature" themes like depression, drug abuse, and mentions of sexual activities. People like to pretend those things don't hap…moreYes, but it has a lot of "mature" themes like depression, drug abuse, and mentions of sexual activities. People like to pretend those things don't happen in high school life, but for everyone I know, they did. I'd say no one under 14 should read this, though.(less)

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C.G. Drews
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C.G. by: Reviews From A Bookworm
Sooo many emotions right now, humans. SO MANY EMOTIONS. I thought this was going to be a solid 5-star read, but there just a few niggling details that I wasn't okay with so it's basically a 4.5 star read and it's STUPENDOUS and I loved it and wow. I'm not a very emotional reader, gah, I know. It's a failing. But I felt totally caught up in this book. It glued itself to my soul. IT JUST DID. I wanted to laugh and cry and maybe break a brick wall and definitely craved pizza. I am a fan of this boo ...more
Gillian Berry
Nov 03, 2014 marked it as to-read
I LOVE the first line of that synopsis ("This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them") enough that I'm going to ignore how not interested I am in the rest of it because BISEXUAL LOVE TRIANGLE MAYBE
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“This felt a little dangerous, this interest in other people. It meant that there was something that I needed, or at least wanted. It seemed to demand some kind of action on my part, and I had no idea what was supposed to come next.”

This was a bit of an unusual story, and it was written similarly to The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I felt quite sorry for each of the chara
Nope, not a fan. I liked all of the characters, but I just really--I mean REALLY--disliked the writing style. On top of being dull, it felt disjointed and awkward. Also, there are three different POV's and three different tenses of writing for each... uh, no. Unfortunately, this just wasn't the book for me.
The book is fucked up in all the right places and I need to process all the fuckery because hot damn.

Review to come.


'This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.'

I don't want to read below that line to know that I really, really, REALLY want to read Fans of the Impossible Life.

Please be good.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
*2.5 stars*

I originally rated this a 3.5 but had to drop my rating after I thought about all the problems I had with it. More extensive thoughts will be on my channel and blog.
I had such high hopes for Fans of the Impossible Life, the tag line "The story of a girl, her gay best friend and the boy who falls in love with both of them." caught my attention the moment I saw it and I was expecting some kind of epic bisexual love triangle or possibly even a relationship that developed between all three main characters. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles but I would definitely put my irritation to one side for a story like that! Unfortunately that isn't what this story ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Well, that was disappointing. Like most people, I was originally drawn in by the first line of the synopsis: 'This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.' However, the romance was not between the three characters, and was barely existence. What was there, between Sebby and Jeremy, was destructive, and not enjoyable at all - I wouldn't even say you co
Skye Kilaen
A seriously affecting (to me, anyway) YA novel about three high schoolers' messy and intertwined lives: biracial Mira who struggles with depression, gay or bisexual (identification in progress) Jeremy who's targeted for bullying because of his gay dads, and gay or homoromantic+bisexual (unclear) foster kid and drug user Sebby who met Mira while they were both in inpatient mental health treatment.

I can't help but interpret their relationship as a shifting polyamorous triad with various levels of
Michael Waters
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
So much love for this book! Drag queens, mental illness, some seriously witty dialogue, a PoC lead, and queer characters galore--this book is a must. But what I love most about Fans is that it isn't afraid to turn brutal and to thrust its characters (especially Sebby) into a harsh light. I went from laughing out loud on an airplane in the beginning of the novel to hurting for all of the characters by the end.

(Side note: I'm really conflicted about something that happened in That Scene Toward Th
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"in love with both of them"

Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is MY FAVORITE. It's heartbreaking in all the best ways.
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books.

In the book description, Fans of the Impossible Life was pitched as a bisexual love triangle, so naturally, I was excited to read it. Sadly, that's quite a bit of a descriptive stretch. A bisexual love triangle is not within these pages; really, this book is about three teenagers dealing with some heavy problems (mental illness, homophobia, depression, suicide, bullying) with a touch of not-really-romance thrown in.

The premise an
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was unexpectedly dark...

The fans of the impossible life is said from three different perspectives; in first person, in third, and the rarely used second person.

EDIT: (The point of views are important. I read a couple of reviews that stated how they were unnecessary, but read carefully and think about it. You'll get it)

"In my own life, when I've had emotions that seemed mysterious or unreasonable, it usually meant I was hiding a part of myself. That there was something that I was afraid to
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ah, this book is addicting.

I didn't want to put it down. I was consumed by it from the beginning.

With the summary and vibe of the book, it gave me the impression that I was either going to love it or hate it or not bother with it. But I LOVED it.

I'm not a fan of love triangles but this one didn't even feel like one. I felt that this story was about three damaged people and we see them find love, acceptance and solace in the fact that they aren't alone in their messed up lives.

I really really
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
I loved, loved, LOVED Fans of the Impossible Life! I seriously can't heap enough praise onto this book. I just adored it, it was easily one of my top reads of 2015, and now I will be stalking Kate Scelsa on social media until she reveals what she is coming out with next. She's one of the few authors that I have seen who manages to pull off three wonderful, distinct points of views, and puts one in first person, one in second and one in third. It worked so well in this and helped to give each cha ...more
I think I will have to read this again closer to release, because there's a huge disconnect between what I went in thinking this was and what it actually was, and I was way too amped up on "bisexual love triangle!" thoughts to appreciate this one sufficiently. (Which is definitely largely my fault, because after that first line of the description, who could really focus on the rest?) But: (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This was one of those books that started off good but the ending just kind of ruined it. I realized that Sebby was a jerk and everybody was better off without him. He is so screwed up and people like him don't really change. I did like Mira and Jeremy's relationship. They worked better together. As screwed up as they are it's good that they have each other.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So many feels! I read this book and I need more. Excellent story. Unforgettable characters. I loved the way the author took risks on writing this book because this "love triangle" was like nothing I've read before.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Definitely one of my favorites this year! <3 ...more
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First Thoughts 25/01/16

This book is fantastic!! All the characters are so raw and emotional. There individual struggles are heart wrenching but the way they lean on each other had me admiring their friendships! The ending was so bitter sweet! Brilliant debut!! RTC.

Review 8/02/16


Okay, I’ve been staring at this book on my shelf since I got it for Christmas and I’ve been kind of dubious about starting it, unsure if I was going

A copy of this novel was provided by HarperCollins for review via Edelweiss.

This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.

Yeah, let me just clear that the fuck up for you, and say that Fans of the Impossible Life is NOT about a boy who falls in love with two best friends. That boy is not bisexual. He’s gay, and he’s only romantically interested in the gay best friend. SO yeah. Thanks a bunch for that misleading synopsis opening.

If I was going to write a
Justine (bookwormaniac)
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this Advanced Reader's Edition copy from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

I just read another book that talks about diversity. Although I cringed on some parts, I did enjoy reading this book especially when it was reaching to the end. The end was too soon though, but it ended really well. And there are a lot of things to talk about in this book, but I'll probably end up saying few things. That is just me. Deal with it.

First things first, the writing s
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
We’re all just trying to survive however we can.

If you want to read this because you think there'll be a bisexual love triangle well... you are not going to find it.
I don't read contemporary at all but this one managed to pique my interest and truly captivate me.

Jeremy is shy artist who had a incident in school last year, Mira is the fashion lover with strange rituals to cope with life and Sebby is her gay best friend, who also has lots of issues.

Is there any romance at all? I'm hesitant
A gorgeous, sad book so achingly real about friendships and love and everything in between and overlapping. I've never read a YA book that reminded me so powerfully of being a teenager myself. Kate Scelsa remembers.The audiobook was beautifully done, with different narrators for Mira, Sebby, and Jeremy. Lots of queer characters of multiple stripes and lots to say about mental illness and the foster care system. I loved it and it made me cry.
Marci Curtis
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A bold, beautiful story about discovering yourself, growing up, and above all, friendship. LOVED.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok

I mean, had I know about THAT I wouldn't have picked this up in like, ever. And that would have been a shame. I'm trying to say that I loved it and have no regrets reading it but at the same time I regret not being able to rewrite the ending.

First 80 % of the story: unique and amazing and I love it love it love it. I loved Mira, the way she suffered but she had Sebby with her. Sebby, the cheerful guy in the beginning, the support guy. I really believed in redemption w
Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa is another book that can be added to this year's collection of mental health-related debuts. The year 2015 is all about young adult books that explore issues and questions one may have regarding mental health and the LGBTQ community. It's been a year of hits, and it's been a year of misses and I'm happy to say that this is an inbetweener--Sc
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, contemporary, ya
FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE is gorgeously written and depicts something curiously new in YA: instead of your standard love triangle, we have three people who all have romantic and/or sexual feelings for each other in some way. And Scelsa handles this so deftly and beautifully.

Jeremy goes to St Francis Prep; an incident at school the year before has made him a loner who avoids talking to anybody else. But Jeremy loves art, and when he's encouraged by his favourite teacher to start an art club, he
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it


Love triangle featuring a bisexual guy, straight girl, and gay guy.



I really became invested in all the characters of this book. I think everyone can relate to them because they are so human and just crave love, support, and friendship.

Mira faces the typical problems that every teenage girl does at some point: body and weight issues. But on top of that she also suffers with depression and a family that uses the "depression-isn't-real-
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Kate is a writer who grew up in New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn with her wife and two black cats. Kate's debut novel "Fans of the Impossible Life" was a Fall 2015 Indie Next pick, a Junior Library Guild pick, a 2016 Rainbow List Top Ten Pick, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and has been published in ten languages. Kate is a 2016/17 New Georges Audrey resident, a Lambda Literar ...more

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“May we live impossibly,” Sebby said when he opened his eyes. “Against all odds. May people look at us and wonder how such jewels can sparkle in the sad desert of the world. May we live the impossible life.” 53 likes
“I know you think that we saved you or something, Jeremy," he said. "That we were stronger than you. But we're not. We weren't. We're all just trying to survive however we can.” 25 likes
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