Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
Published: July 1st 2017.
Page Count: 384 Pages.
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance.
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…
“Life is what you make it, no matter where you come from”.
We would just like to say a huge thank you to Samantha Young and Netgalley for allowing us to read a digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
So we had no clue what to expect going into this novel as we have never heard or read any other novels by Samantha Young previously.
Although, we can honestly say we were really surprised with just how much we quite enjoyed this novel. We just couldn’t put this novel down which is one reason why we read it in one setting!
‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ follows the leading female character India who is the so called ‘popular girl’ at her California school. Despite what many of you may be thinking from reading that last sentence, no one would call India a ‘mean girl’ or a ‘bully’. She has a past that allows her to embrace everyone and to see things more clearly which includes seeing the good in everyone.
India and her mother don’t have the best relationship. So, when her mother tells her that they are moving across the country to Boston, all India can do is refrain herself from freaking out! Her mother decided to marry a rich attorney which alternatively causes them to move.
When India arrives in Boston, she has no clue what to expect as she is not only moving in with a man she doesn’t know but also with a step-sister named Eloise who turns out to be the same age as her. Working her way around the school, India becomes close with her step-sister’s friends. In particular, a guy named Finn. They come from totally different worlds but bond over similar circumstances.
We honestly really loved how the author was able to combine two families from totally different backgrounds in particular between Eloise and India. We also really enjoyed how the characters grew from personal experiences whilst also managing to show compassion and forgiveness to those around them.
The characters were also amazing! Although there were a lot of characters, the secrets that consumed them definitely kept the novel really interesting and intriguing!
We felt so weak at the knees throughout this novel as we loved the romance that was involved between Finn and India! Although it wasn’t perfect, they just understood each other so well!
Oh, we really loved this novel and we did tear up many times! The author’s message within this novel proves that everyone of us is loved and that we are capable of more than we ever imagined! We just loved this YA Contemporary read, so we definitely recommend it to you all!
‘I get through everyday because I remind myself that I have things that other people don’t, and I have love in my life, but most importantly I have hope, India’.
Book Rating 4/5 Stars ⭐️