ImpossibleAuthor: Komal Kant
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction
Series: Book 1, With Me series
Published: October 24th 2012 by Createspace
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Ashton Summers is on her way to becoming the most popular girl in school and nothing—or no one—is going to stand in her way. Especially not Luca Byron, her freak neighbor, with his tattoos, loud music, and distracting green eyes.Luca Byron has three goals in life: get through high school with a low profile, make sure his garage band becomes something more than a hobby, and try to forget about his insufferable ex-best friend, Ashton, who he can’t get out of his mind.The last thing Ashton and Luca want to do is rekindle their friendship, but when Ashton takes a tumble down the social ladder, Luca—with his new makeover—is the only one who can help her rise up again by pretending to be her boyfriend. At first, being together is unbearable and annoying, but things start to change as Ashton and Luca discover the real reasons they drifted apart seven years ago.Now, keeping their hands off each other seems impossible.
It was okay. I did not hate it, but I did not particularly like it either. IMPOSSIBLE wasn’t anything spectacular, nor was it downright horrible. Just okay.
The main characters were kind of a cliché for me. Popular pretty girl meets hot emo guy. Ashton was really unlikeable. She came off as this shallow high school cheerleader who thinks everyone outside of her circle is beneath her. Luca wasn’t much better. He’s as judgmental as Ashton and thinks all the popular kids are bad. There were also the usual jocks and cheerleaders. Character-wise, this book was full of stereotypes.
There’s not much depth in the story, too. It felt like the story’s going in circles, focusing on Ashton’s and Luca’s dislike towards each other and the former’s obsession with climbing back up the social ladder. Luca’s makeover was also downplayed. I think it was supposed to be a turning point in the story so it was disappointing that it wasn’t given much focus. And it was really insensitive of Ashton to use Luca like that. I swear, a lot of times I really want to strangle the girl. It was kinda frustrating. One minute, they can’t stand each other. The next, they can’t get enough of each other. I was so relieved when they finally got their shit together and figured everything out.
Its most redeeming quality though is that the characters owned their mistakes and learned from them. It’s a good thing that Ashton and Luca both transformed into better persons because of those mistakes. They were able to let go of the past and move forward to a fresh start together.
IMPOSSIBLE is a light read, but it didn’t quite work for me. It might appeal to your tastes but I wouldn’t be too enthusiastic in recommending this book.