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THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US.Thank you for joining us and enjoy this look in to the BRILLIANT tale...
From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity, and acceptance that will break your heart—and make it whole again.
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India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.
But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…Amazon US Hardcover | Amazon US eBook | Barnes & Noble | iBooks US
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“You’re a great photographer, Finn.”
He leaned against the counter by the sink, seeming surprised by the compliment. “Thank you.”
Silence stretched as we could do nothing but stare at each other, and my skin started to feel tight and hot, as if I was seconds from bursting out of it.
“Uh.” I stepped back, suddenly needing more space between us. “So we should probably arrange a time to meet up for the presentation. That’s if you’re not planning to stand me up.”
He frowned. “What are you talking about?”
“You said to meet you after school today even though you work at the Chronicle.”
“I don’t always come to the meetings. I only decided to come work here because you said we couldn’t meet,” he explained, and if I wasn’t mistaken he sounded a little annoyed.
“Oh.” I refused to feel guilty for thinking badly of him. Refused. “Okay. Well, we need to meet up some time soon.”
“Yeah.” He agreed, looking at his feet now.
“I’d suggest Theo’s but it might be distracting for you with Eloise there.”
Finn looked up at me. “Theo’s?”
Confused by the question I raised an eyebrow.
“You said ‘Theo’s.’ You didn’t say ‘my place.’”
“Because it isn’t.” It was my turn to cross my arms over my chest.
Sensing I wasn’t going to elaborate on my feelings about the house I was living in and the people I was living with, Finn eventually nodded. “Okay. My place, then. Tomorrow.”
Glad we’d finally organized a time but not so glad it meant spending more alone time with Finn, I just nodded and stepped back toward the door. “Okay. I’ll meet you out front after school.”
“Do you need a ride home tonight?”
I looked back at him, surprised by the offer, but not surprised to find him staring at his feet rather than at me. “Eloise’s director has upped her rehearsals so she’s still here, too. Gil’s picking us both up in an hour.” I would’ve thought he’d be fully aware of Eloise’s schedule.
“Right.” He straightened and turned his back on me.
There was something about it that was vulnerable. Something about him that was vulnerable. I was probably insane to even think that about him—this beautiful, rich boy—but he was getting to me.
Nobody got to me.
“But thanks,” I found myself saying quietly.
He glanced over his shoulder. “You’re welcome,” he replied just as quietly.
My fingers slipped around the door handle as I tried to get out of there at superspeed.
Have you ever read a book that once you were finished you just sat there, taking it all in? And then you just sighed and thought...HOW DO I TRULY TELL PEOPLE JUST HOW THIS BOOK AFFECTED ME?
I can start with saying this book captured my heart in so many ways. The feelings you develop for each of the characters run deep and they stay with you long after you have finished this tale.
Seriously...These characters have become a part of me and I am so freaking sad this book has ended.
I mean...I want to just have a never ending book with these characters... think that could happen Sam?? Pretty please?? *makes puppy dog face*
But in all seriousness...
The amazingness of this story has touched me so profoundly. There are many issues that Samantha Young touches upon as we are reading The Impossible Vastness of Us. From the very start until the very end, we are taken through some difficult situations. These characters are raw and real. They carry so much within them that when we break through their walls, we see something of ourselves within them too.
Starting with India, we see her struggle right from the beginning of this intense tale. I love how we get to see her grow and become such a strong young woman... Truly inspiring!!
And while I could go on and on about her...I really know that the best way for you to grasp what I am saying is to just read it for yourself.
But before you leave...Let me tell you about the other two scintillating characters that complete this story...
First we have Finn.. oh goodness!!! He melted my heart...BUT before he did that...I was leery of him in the beginning b/c he was so elusive. And his brooding made things hard for people to really get to know him...Was this a ruse?? Maybe...but all I will add now is..once you get to know him...Nothing but LOVE... just pure love for him... LOVE!!!!!!! And I will leave you with that... <3
So that leaves us with Eloise... sighs... what she goes through, she is one strong young lady too...She really grew on me. In the beginning, yeah I will admit, I wasn't liking her much. I am sorry...BUT, I can say after some things were made aware to us, my perception of her changed and as my first sentence of this paragraph states, she is one strong lady and she impressed me.
So here you go...a small break down of the characters...And these three.. they have blown me away!! They have truly shown the impossible vastness of us..... the title of this book encompasses all that this book is and more!!
I still go back to the beginning of this review and say.....WORDS ELUDE ME WITH ALL THE EMOTIONS THIS STORY MADE ME FEEL. I can tell you that this book is such a powerful read.
It is one that resonates with you...DEEP in to your soul.
It makes you THINK...It makes you FEEL...
And so I end by saying...
The Impossible Vastness of Us is brilliantly written and by far one of my favorite reads thus far.
I can't tell you how excited I was to hear that Sam was releasing a brand new YA. I fell in love with her early YA works and knew her first YA Contemporary would wrap me up and take me away just as she always does. Her characters are so vibrant and so real. They make you think. Make you remember. Make you imagine. And make you feel. ALL. THE. FEELS.
Sam has a way of making you care for those who on the surface and in real life you may not feel worthy. She forces you to look deeper and she does it in such a way that you come away somehow changed.
She captures your heart and soul and never lets go. And knowing this- I dove into The IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS of US with great anticipation, a TON of tissues, and a little fear...
"I KNOW HOW TO WATCH MY BACK. I'M THE ONLY ONE THAT EVER HAS."
I had immediately chosen sides and declared my love for India. She was funny and compassionate and it was easy to feel sorry for her. What she had endured in her childhood was heartbreaking and she put up a good front making those in her circle believe she was invincible. And then, her mother drops the biggest bomb for any high schooler. They're packing up and starting a whole new life- with someone India has never met!
No one wants to pick up and start a new life in the middle of high school. THE HORROR. So, she quickly became my new BFF and I was ready to kick ass by her side if necessary.
There are a lot of messages in this tale. Situations and relationships that happen every day in homes and schools throughout the world. Things we forget that all classes of society and beliefs endure. We relate easily to the goth kid and the nerd and overlook those "above our station". Looking at them as perfect specimens and examples of how we should look, act, and belong in this complicated world. But in truth, the well to do are not immune and often suffer more than anyone realizes because they learn to hide right in front of you. They take it to a whole other level of deception. A "class act", if you will. And everyone has a secret. This is the theme of our story.
"WORDS HAVE POWER."
I didn't want to like Finn. I really, really didn't. And yet... oh, how I fell. I could gush about him for days on end but he had to grow on me. And he did. He was the perfect, beautiful and spoiled boy that just screamed "SAVE ME" within the pages. Yet, his secrets and hurts were well hidden by his arrogant and aloof but commanding presence. And of course he was one half of the perfect couple. Too perfect as we soon discover.
Our third piece, Eloise, was a bit harder to crack. Popular and loved by all, she could do no wrong and didn't want to accept India crashing into her seemingly perfect world. She refuses to befriend her soon to be step sister and wants to make her new life miserable. She's certain India will continue to make her world crash and her secret will be revealed. She's not easy to like. In fact, it took a lot to warm up to her. We assume she's perfect in every way and has the best life, but she has something of her own to hide. If she pushes India away and gets her and her mother to leave perhaps she can keep her family and her secret save. What a tangled web we weave.
Talk about suffering in silence.
"I DON'T FEEL ALONE ANYMORE AT ALL. AND FOR THEIR SAKE... I WISH I GODDAMN DID."
So here we are with three very different and yet similar people just trying to make it through high school and society's pressures, fearing for the worst and now- finding they don't have to suffer alone. Not anymore. But nothing is easy and sacrifices and promises are made.
TIVOU is a real roller coaster ride. Just when you think they've worked things out and the peace has been made, unwanted feelings develop and cause a rift. Secrets are spilled one by one and everyone seems at odds. It's trying and sad, and all too real.
Every nightmare comes to light and the trio is tried again and again until you feel there may be no hope for happiness. Will no one get a happy ending? *cue the tissues*
To sum it all up: Sam brilliantly and eloquently shows us a world we take for granted. And with hand in heart we make this journey ready to take on the frenemies and the haters, and all of our fears- and like our trio, we come out transformed and anew.
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