Author: Nicole Williams
Release date: June 19, 2018
(Sub)genres: Young Adult
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I know Nicole Williams mostly for her emotional stories, so when I learned she was working on a different kind of book, my inner book nerd was intrigued. Not that I don’t trust the author with writing another great story, but would I personally like it? Almost Impossible tells the story of Jade, who’s going to spend the summer with family to live like a normal teenager for once. And oh, she falls in love. I’ve enjoyed this sweet story very much.
“I already knew it. I could feel it—from the nervous-excited swirl in my stomach to the buzz in the air around me. This was going to be the summer—my summer.”
Jade is not your typical 17-year-old, she’s living the Rockstar life with her mom who’s touring the world together with her band. Her way of life might be unusual, but Jade has everything she needs, most importantly the love of her mom. With one year of high school left, Jade wants one thing; to live the life of a normal teenager during the summer, complete with a summer job and all. Enter aunt and uncle who live in Suburbia, and all the rules that come with a ‘normal’ household. Jade enjoys it, but when she meets Quentin, everything gets a lot more interesting.
“He kissed me back. Like I’d never been kissed before. Like I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be kissed again. A kiss was magical no matter who it was with—usually—but this was something else.”
I love Jade, she’s a cool, sensible girl, who easily could have been a spoiled, over-the-top brat. But she’s nothing like that. She’s a smart, grown-up girl who has a strong bond with her mom, they basically grew up together. I love that while living with her aunt and uncle, Jade starts to act like a normal teenager, she even falls in love with one of her co-workers. Quinten is the cool, hot guy, but he’s much more then that. Like Jade he’s a responsible kid, who doesn’t walk away from his ‘mistakes’. Of course, the young couple has some issues (otherwise it would be a bit boring), but everything works out in the end.
Almost Impossible is different from the other books I’ve read by Nicole Williams, but I absolutely don’t regret picking it up. It’s a sweet story about a young girl who meets a boy her age. Due to the age of the characters there are no explicit scenes in the story, but I didn’t miss them at all. Jade falls in love in Almost Impossible (Quinten is irresistible), but most importantly it’s about her finding her place in the world, figuring out what she truly wants.
“We sat like that for a while. Not speaking a word but saying everything. He wasn’t going anywhere. I wasn’t going anywhere. We were both right where we wanted to be.”