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Meet the Author:
Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017.
Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.
Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.
The Impossible Vastness of Us
Published June 27th 2017
Genre: Young Adult
I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.
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…
It’s been a few years since I last read a novel by Samantha Young. Fortunately nothing had changed in the grand scheme of things, and I still greatly enjoyed her writing.
I decided to listen to the audiobook for The Impossible Vastness of Us and wasn’t disappointed in the least. The storyline was moving and the characters as true to their young adult nature as possible without being obnoxious.
All three main characters India, Eloise and Finn had their own issues to overcome throughout this story.
India was being ripped out of her high-school were she enjoyed quite a popular position, into a new high-school, new city, and new family. It was overwhelming at first. She felt like everything she worked for in the last few years, was like a rug pulled out from underneath her, and she was left with nothing. Nothing to fall back on, no support system, no popular facade to hide behind.
Eloise, lived a lie. I think I felt for her the most. Especially with what’s going on with teenagers and preteens all over the US, she really had me worried at times.
And Finn, he had to grow a pair and do what was best for him and nobody else. I’m glad he manned up and took the necessary step, even so it broke my heart.
India, Eloise and Finn had one thing in common, they all hid behind a facade. Nobody, neither school friends nor family had an inkling about what was really going on with either of them. And when India inserted herself into Eloise and Finn’s relationship, she was the catalyst that unearthed secrets and forced all three of them to make hard decisions.
Surprisingly I could relate to all three. The issues all three teenagers had to work through were on point and timely accurate. It made the novel so much more relatable.
But most of all I really liked all three main characters. Especially when India, Eloise and Finn started to grow closer, and confided in each other. There was a true bond between them, and I really enjoyed their interactions. For high school seniors, they were level headed, mature, and managed not to let their emotions run amok.
Parents on the other hand, could have benefited from some counseling. Gosh, it never amazes me how STUPID parents can be. Ok, it’s fiction, but still.
The most memorable event was the ending. It didn’t end like a regular romance with a regular HEA. It had a more open ended feeling. And surprisingly enough I was ok with it. I thought it went really well with the entire storyline and message of the overall book. I don’t think it took any of the enjoyment out of the book, rather the opposite – it left me strangely satisfied.