Almost Impossible by Nicole Williams: the perfect summer read!

Summary

Fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han will delight as the fireworks spark and the secrets fly in this delicious summer romance from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.When Jade decided to spend the summer with her aunt in California, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But nothing could have prepared her for Quentin. Jade hasn’t been in suburbia long and even she knows her annoying (and annoyingly cute) next-door neighbor spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

And when Quentin learns Jade plans to spend her first American summer hiding out reading books, he refuses to be ignored. Sneaking out, staying up, and even a midnight swim, Quentin is determined to give Jade days–and nights–worth remembering.

But despite their storybook-perfect romance, every time Jade moves closer, Quentin pulls away. And when rumors of a jilted ex-girlfriend come to light, Jade knows Quentin is hiding a secret–and she’s determined to find out what it is.

Review

I’ve been given an ARC of this book and it has no influence on my willing and honest review.

4 stars.

 

Almost Impossible is the perfect book to read alongside the pool on a summer day. It is easy to read filled with lovable characters and under the light tones some heavy topics as shouldering responsibilities, making the right moral choices even if the road is hard are skillfully broached.

 

This story revolves around Jade and Quentin, two people meeting in the summer before entering their last year of high school.

Jade is the definition of a level headed and responsible girl.
She’s been raised by her single mother who happens to be in a famous girl’s band. Jade may be the daughter but she was the one taking care of the band’s schedule. She was mothering the other members.
I loved the opening scene with Jade feeling bad to let her mother fend for herself. What if she lost her phone charger for the Nth time? She had packed her two extras to get her through the summer but you never known… And what if…

I could feel the love and care between these two. It was also time that Jade had some healthy distance with her mother to discover the world by herself and know what she would really want.

The role reversal with her mom telling her to find some trouble was a fresh idea.

 

Jade asked her mom to spend the summer at her aunt’s house to experience the world as a “normal” teenager but she also has a hidden goal. One she did not tell her mother but is really determined to reach. A secret vital to help Jade know who she really was and what she wanted in life.

 

Jade’s aunt and uncle are opposite to her mom and she won’t have much freedom living with them. That’s why she applied to a summer job as one more experiment and some time out of the house.

Of course knowing Nicole Williams there is a romance. And the hero will come wearing a life guard attire. Meet Quentin. Head life guard at the pool. Nice abs wide shoulders. Responsible but Jade’s key to find some trouble.

Quentin is the boy of your dreams but he hides a secret. A big secret.

Quentin will push Jade to live her life as another underlying theme is “live your life and don’t regret”. Do. Don’t live vicariously through books. That’s quite ironical for us bookworms but true nonetheless.

I loved Quentin as he was just perfect: handsome, sweet, responsible, wearing his heart on his sleeve…everything you should wish in a YA book hero.

The banter between Quentin and Jade was funny with a sarcastic undertone that I so love in my books.

This is a sweet story about living your life as a teenager. About being responsible. About parenting and raising kids alone. About making the right moral choices as difficult as they might be.  Taking responsibilities for your mistakes instead or turning your back and walking away when life got hard and you didn’t want to deal. The characters are likeable, good people at their core. The pace is right. The writing is smooth and sass is present giving a nice shake to the story.

If you are looking for one more book to add to your summer list don’t look further you’ve found it.

 

Now have you read or do you plan on reading this book? Do you enjoy books with the children mothering his parent?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

 

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7 Replies to “Almost Impossible by Nicole Williams: the perfect summer read!”

  1. Oh lovely review, thank you so much for putting this book on my radar! I hadn’t heard of it until just now, but it sounds like my kind of sweet, summery read for sure 🙂 Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. Great review! Sounds like the perfect summer read! Thanks Sophie! ♥️

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Dani!

  3. This sounds like my kind of book! I will definitely have to give it a try myself. 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Fingers crossed that you love it!

  4. Great review, Sophie! This really sounds like a great summer read! I’m adding it to my TBR! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Raven! Oh and by the way I finished Pestilence today (bought it after having read your review) and I so loved it!!!!

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