Title: Fans Of The Impossible Life
Author: Katie Scelsa
Release Date: 9/8/2015
Reviewed by: Willa
Very rarely do you find a book as magical and stunning as Fans of the Impossible Life. Scelsa has crafted a beautiful story of friendship that will connect to each and every reader, whether it be the desire to find friends, the love you have for the friends in your life, or your awe at the love of friendship, Fans of the Impossible Life is a book for the ages.
I definitely connected most with Jeremy, so for me he drove the story. I found his narrative of isolation and the glimmers of hope the most relatable. Jeremy reminded me of people I’ve known, and I saw myself in him occasionally throughout the book. His blunt way of seeing the world and his calm disposition made him immediately likable – quite honestly, Jeremy kept me reading in the beginning of the book.
But Sebby brought it home. My curiosity about Sebby and his past kept me interested. I didn’t understand Sebby, and even after finishing the book and thinking for a few days I’m still grappling with his character. He is so beautifully flawed – all the characters are – and so utterly human. Sebby is the one in the group of friends who puts up the most facade. He disguises his pain and pretends he’s fine, and I think Mira and Jeremy see it, but they don’t know what to do.
Mira was an interesting character. In her moments with Sebby she was a completely different person – confident and frank in her opinions of people. In moments alone though, the reader sees Mira’s crippling self-doubt and self-hate that leave her hurt and struggling to find some way of making herself happy. Sebby, and later Jeremy too, make her happy. So she latches onto them.
Their friendship is so beautiful and strong, but as the book goes on you begin to see that something will go wrong and they will all come toppling down. Jeremy, Mira, and Sebby rely so heavily on one another and are so dependent on each other that when one of them is lost, they all are. This is both the beauty and the danger of their friendship that I loved reading about.
Fans of the Impossible Life is hands down phenomenal. It is one of those books I haven’t been able to stop thinking about – or talking about. The honesty of the characters and their witty yet poignant narratives make the book intriguing and, frankly, consuming. I couldn’t put it down.