Bullet Point-Review: The Impossibility of Us, Katy Upperman

If you’re looking for the perfect summer read, contemporary friends, this is it, right here.

The book

Katy Upperman, The Impossibility of Us, Published by Swoon Reads, July 31st, 2018.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5The 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.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?



  • The characters were incredible in this story overall, I fell in love with them right away. Elise, our main character, was well-developed, endearing, I appreciated her so much and her passions were shining through the story as well. I also really loved Mati, not only as the swoon-worthy, adorable love interest. He stood on his own with his passion, his little notebook, his sparkling eyes and jumped off the page, too.
  • The secondary characters were equally as interesting, I loved seeing each of them on the page, reacting to Elise’s new relationship and having their prejudices being challenged. It was interesting to see both Elise’s step-sister and mom dealing with the death of their husband / child in different ways. I also LOVED the neighbor that was very much adorable.
  • If I can’t personally speak on the representation of Mati, his culture, his religion overall – I appreciated it so, very much to see how Elise wanted to get to know him and these parts of him, too. It was beautiful to see her trying to get to know his culture and to understand these parts of him better, too. I loved it.
  • I kind of expected this book to be all swoons, and don’t get me wrong, it was. Yet, it was also much deeper than that, tackling important issues such as racism, prejudices and religion. It also deals with grief. I absolutely loved how this book took me through all of the emotions while I read, from smiling and swooning to my heart breaking.



  • This book was told from the two POV, Elise and Mati’s. Mati’s parts were written in verse, while Elise’s were not, and Elise’s narrative took up most of the place in the book. I really liked both, but I feel like maybe sometimes, I could have enjoyed a bit more of Mati’s point of view. I really enjoyed how the verse parts were written and maybeee I could have wanted a bit more of it.


I kind of did not expect The Impossibility of Us to be this amazing, if I’m being honest. I think that’s because I was expecting this book to be a swoon-worthy story, that’s all. But it was so much more. Packed with swoony, adorable moments, obviously, but as well with harsher times where the characters deal, not only with their challenged relationship, but as well with their own beliefs and their families’ beliefs.  Overall, if you’re looking for an amazing summer read, you definitely should try this one. I swear it’s worth it.

Final rating: 4 drops!

The biggest thanks to MacMillan International for sending me an ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, affect my opinion and this review.

Trigger warnings: xenophobia (challenged), grief.

Do you want to read The Impossibility of Us? Why, or why not? Did you read the author’s debut, Kissing Max Holden?

Do you know other stories with great, swoon-worthy romances? Let me know in comments!

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51 thoughts on “Bullet Point-Review: The Impossibility of Us, Katy Upperman

  1. I really want to read this book now after your review. I think summer’s are the perfect time read these kind of contemporary books . I am surely adding to my Tbr.
    Great review 🙂


  2. Ahh, this book looks so good! It’s been on my TBR for a while, and this just made me want to read it even more. I love romantic contemporaries that you think are going to be just fluffy, but they also bring in heavier issues and make you think. Great review!❤️


  3. This sounds like a fantastic story and I’m glad you liked it! I haven’t read a really good contemporary in a while so I’ll be sure to check this out 😀


  4. This sounds quite good! I can’t imagine being in this situation but I love that Elise saw Mati for himself and not his race/religion! That sounds like an incredible journey. I love when unexpected bits of the story come out and wow you when all you were thinking to get is a great little romance! ❤️ Great review Marie! You convinced me.

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    1. It was such a great book, I loved it so much and it was so much more than just a cute contemporary, that made me so happy ❤
      I'm so glad! I hope you'll give it a shot sometime 😀 Thank you, Dani! xx


  5. I’m really glad you enjoyed this book Marie, and wow it sounds amazing as well; kind of like a swoon-worthy romance but with more to the story than you think there’ll be. It sounds like both characters were well written, and I’m kind of intrigued by how Mati’s POV was written in verse. I’ve only read one book that was wholly in verse before and loved it, so I’d be interested seeing how that part of the story was written in this one. 🙂
    Again great review. ❤️

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    1. It was exactly that: swoon-worthy, but with that little depth added to it all, making the story more than just a sweet romance. I loved it ❤ I really hope you'll pick it up at some point, I would love to hear what you think of it 😀
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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  6. Sounds really interesting. This book has been on my radar and the cover is just gorgeous. I’m happy it’s not just a fluffy romance and faces some deep issues. Adding this to my TBR

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  7. Such a lovely review, Marie! ❤
    This book seems summer-y and it might be on my wish-list for contemporaries that I will read this summer. I'm glad to know it's more than just a fluffy story and actually has a lots of important subjects with which it deals. It sounded really interesting and I will totally have to check it out after your review.
    Loved your aesthetic, btw! ❤

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    1. Ohhh I’m glad it’s on your wish-list and I hope you’ll be able to read it, I feel like you could really enjoy it 😀
      Aw thank you so, so much Marta, you’re so sweet! ❤ ❤ ❤


  8. I am officially sold on this book. I love any book that explores different cultures and displays characters that are actively trying to learn and understand those cultures. I also love it when the secondary characters have an active role in the story as well so this book is ticking all the boxes for me.

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    1. AHHH YAY. I’m so, SO happy to hear this, Loi. I can’t wait for you to read it and to hear what you think of it, you’ll have to let me know 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤


  9. Every time I saw Kissing Max Holden I wasn’t interested but this book sounds way more up my alley! I’m definitely going to check this book out!

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