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Fans of the Impossible Life

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,560 ratings  ·  781 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…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)

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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
(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 charact
Vitor Martins
Esse foi um dos melhores YAs contemporâneos que eu li nos últimos tempos!

Fans of the Impossible Life é meio que uma mistura de It's Kind of a Funny Story com As vantagens de ser invisível (se você gostou de um desses livros, tem grandes chances de você gostar desse aqui).

Nesse livro aqui tem tanta gente representada! Diversidade sexual, diversidade racial, diversidade de famílias! Personagens muito únicos escritos com muita profundidade. A autora fala de depressão de um jeito muito real e em a
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
Shelves: lgbtq
*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.
Victor Almeida
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, tenho
Ai, que soco no meu estômago quando eu pensei que estava tudo lindo e maravilhoso.

Vamos lá. Esse livro me entreteve pra caramba. Me apeguei aos personagens e eles me fizeram rir um monte, mas me emocionar também. É um livro que fala de uma forma muito real sobre lidar com os seus demônios diariamente. Sobre se sentir preso em si mesmo, sozinho e sem esperanças. Sobre a dura realidade de que não somos capazes de salvar tudo e todos, apenas nós mesmos — saber que, às vezes, as coisas não dependem
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
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
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"

Juan Vorágine
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Leí este libro cuando se publicó en Noviembre en nuestro idioma. Como en aquel entonces no utilizaba esta plataforma, no le di mi valoración. Pero hoy, por casualidad, me ha salido en recomendaciones y he tenido que darle la puntuación que se merece. Ha sido como un acto reflejo, al igual que lo es deciros que lo leáis. Es genial de los geniales.
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
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
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
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 to
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.
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.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Definitely one of my favorites this year! <3
You can read this review and more @Book Enthral

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 to e

Ella Zegarra
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Original de: El Extraño Gato del Cuento

Si no me equivoco, en la versión de la sinopsis para USA dice "La historia de una chica, su mejor amigo gay y el chico que se enamoró de los dos", leyendo eso más la portada, te da entender que podrías tener un libro sobre un triángulo amoroso bisexual o una historia con protagonistas polígamos. Es lo que uno piensa a la primera. Pero no es eso.

La primera vez que leí sobre un personaje bisexual, fue cuando leí Pretty Little Liars, tengo muy marcado ese rec
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
Het onmogelijke leven, een emotioneel verhaal, maar had iets te veel problemen naar mijn idee. Lees hier mijn recensie!
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
Eduardo Carone
São livros como esse que me passam a ideia de que YAs só vieram para desgraçar nosso coração.
Estou feliz por esse livro existir e por ter a oportunidade de me apaixonar tão forte pelos personagens que construíram essa história. Desde os dramas que foram apresentados, até a forma como eles foram trabalhados.
Nem preciso dizer que a Mira foi minha personagem favorita, não precisei viver algum dia na pele o que ela viveu para sentir sua dor, suas dificuldades e inseguranças. Ela foi capaz de me most
Marci Curtis
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A bold, beautiful story about discovering yourself, growing up, and above all, friendship. LOVED.
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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
“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.” 52 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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