Much like Cut Both Ways, which I had read around the same time as this book, I found the synopsis rather misleading. But unlike Cut Both Ways, I really enjoyed Fans of the Impossible Life, and think I would’ve been in love with the book had I read it as a teen. The initial synopsis for this book was something like, “this is a book about a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.” So it sounds like “bisexual love triangle”, but it isn’t. It really isn’t.
What it is, instead, is a lovely read for fans of Perks of Being a Wallflower. Because it has Perks‘ slow pace and beautiful, pensive tone, and utterly likable protagonists. The main difference is that in this book, everyone is pretty screwed up, more so than any of the characters in Perks. Because there’s Mira, whose suicide attempt lands her in a hospital. At the hospital she meets Sebby, who tried to kill himself after he was beaten up for being gay.
They become very close friends, and about a year later they meet Jeremy, a painfully shy artist in Mira’s English class, and decided to befriend him. Jeremy begins falling for Sebby, but is hesitant to get drawn into their lives, because caring for others means that it’s harder to keep oneself safe. Overall, this is a lovely book with complicated, vulnerable friendships/relationships that reminded me way too much of high school, (another thing it shares with Perks of Being a Wallflower) and the only thing that I don’t feel satisfied about is how it ends, which I have to admit is more realistic than the end I would have wanted.