“Have faith in love, and let it guide you, and you never know. Impossible things happen all the time.”
Title: The Summer of Impossible Things
Author: Rowan Coleman
Number of pages: 432 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: It’s time travel with lots of feelings.
Bad things about this book: Nothing really.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read it.
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Such a magical book, a rollercoaster of emotions. I wanted to like it and instead I loved it. It caught me by surprise and it kept me wondering. It was an incredible story about love, a kind of love that wins it all.
When humans believe in stories extraordinary things happen.
I bought this book last summer when it came out. I loved the cover and the plot intrigued me. It was not entirely different from what I’ve seen in movies in the past but somehow I felt it could be a totally different kind of story altogether, even with some elements in common with what I’ve already experienced. As usual, I bought it, photographed it, and left it there to gather dust and be beautiful in my bookshelf.
Last week, though, I was undecided. I didn’t know what to read and after starting at my bookshelves for centuries, I decided to ask for help. I texted my friend and asked her to pick a colour; she picked yellow. I showed her the yellow section of my bookshelf and she chose this book. This book isn’t yellow, it’s in the orange section but she still saw it in the picture and decided it had a beautiful cover and needed to be read by me. I decided it was fate so I picked it up. Thank you, friend who doesn’t read, for choosing this marvelous book for me.
The most wonderful discoveries that have ever been made by mankind always happen when someone decides to believe in the impossible.
Luna and Pea lost their mother to suicide and they decided to travel to where she was born, in Brooklyn to sell her father’s house and see where she grew up before running away to England with their father, Henry. They received a box with films from their mum telling them that something horrible happened the night she left home, something that scarred her for life, making living unbearable. It’s terrible and frustrating because there’s nothing they can do. Or so they think; Luna, who found Henry is not her real father, can somehow travel back in time to 1977, days before the awful event. Is this a chance to save her mother? Can she fix the past so that the people she loves in the present can be alive and happy without losing herself in the process?
The magical elements of the story, the time travel, the scenes of Luna meeting her mum when she was full of life and with so many dreams, were all what made the story great. It was always interesting, it always kept you wondering what was going to happen, what did happen, how was Luna going to prevent it. Everything made you question her choices because there was so much at stake and we all know how tricky messing with time can be.
All I can do is brace myself against the searing hot pain of only understanding what it means to really want someone at the very moment you know they can never be yours.
Rowan Coleman did it; she took the magic of time travel, of the impossibility of it, and mixed it with love, hope, and hard things in life that make you feel alone in the world. It touched all the right buttons of my heart. I felt anger, frustration, happiness, but above all, I felt hope; because how bad can the world be if there is one person in your life willing to sacrifice themselves for your well-being?
“Our physical bodies, they break down, eventually returning to dust, but energy, energy is never destroyed. And what is love, if it isn’t the most powerful energy we know of?”
I loved how everything unfolded. It was at the right time, with the right amount of twists. At some point I had to turn back in time myself, turning back to previous chapters, because some details I judged of standard importance were instead pretty relevant to the whole narrative. That’s how you do it. That’s how you give me a contemporary story, with magical elements, love, hard topics, a story that takes place in the span of a few days, and make it so believable I can totally see it happening in real life. Recommended to all!