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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Book Review - The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

Title: The Summer of Impossible Things
Author: Rowan Coleman
Release Date: June 2017
Rating: 5 stars

'The Summer of Impossible Things' by Rowan Coleman is quite simply pure perfection. I didn't think there was any way Rowan could produce a book to rival 'We Are All Made of Stars', which catapulted to the top of my all time favourite reads in 2015, but somehow she has managed to do so with ease.

How can I write a review that will do this wonderful, magical book justice? That will convey the many different emotions I felt as I drank in every word of Luna's beautiful and moving story? I don't think I can. But what I will say is this: Read 'The Summer of Impossible Things' and enjoy every word of the journey it takes you on. Allow yourself to be swept along on a voyage of discovery, feel every emotion with Luna as she tries to put right the events of the past. Believe the impossible.

The Brooklyn of 1977 is brought vividly to life, you can feel the heat of that long gone summer and are instantly transported to a different time and place. If you had the opportunity to change the past, to heal the wounds of the people you love, would you? This is the dilemma Luna is faced with, all the time knowing that doing so could rewrite her own future. Is she willing to give up everything for the sake of her family?

This is a book like no other I have ever read. At the same time as wanting to rush ahead to find out what happened, I didn't want the story to ever end. I savoured every beautiful, heartfelt word and felt moved beyond words when the story finally came to an end.

'The Summer of Impossible Things' is a book that will stay with me. It's one of the few books I know I will read again and again like 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee, 'Time and Again' by Jack Finney and, of course, Rowan Coleman's earlier book, the fabulous 'We Are All Made of Stars'. All very different, but all with one thing in common: the ability to move and inspire me.

If I could give it more than 5 stars I would, but it is, without a doubt, the easiest 5 stars I've given in a long time. Outstanding. I can't wait to see what Rowan Coleman comes up with next!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of 'The Summer of Impossible Things' which is available to preorder now and will be out to buy in June.

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