this impossible light | review

Are you a Button Poetry fan? Do you sometimes come accross their videos? Have you ever seen Shrinking Women by Lily Myers? I am. I do. And I have. Shrinking Woman has had more than 5 million views and Lily has now written a novel in verse called “This Impossible Light”. And guess what? The book is just as great (if not better)! If you love slam poetry, there’s a great chance you’ll like this!¬†ūüėä

This Impossible Light

Title: This Impossible Light

Author: Lily Myers

Publisher: Philomel

Publication date: June 6th, 2017

N¬į of pages: 352 pages

Genre: Poetry, YA


From the YouTube slam poetry star of “Shrinking Women” (more than 5 million views!) comes a novel in verse about body image, eating disorders, self-worth, mothers and daughters, and the psychological scars we inherit from our parents.
Sixteen-year-old Ivy’s world is in flux. Her dad has moved out, her mother is withdrawn, her brother is off at college, and her best friend, Anna, has grown distant. Worst of all, Ivy’s body won t stop expanding. She’s getting taller and curvier, with no end in sight. Even her beloved math class offers no clear solution to the imbalanced equation that has become Ivy s life.
Everything feels off-kilter until a skipped meal leads to a boost in confidence and reminds Ivy that her life is her own. If Ivy can just limit what she eats the way her mother seems to she can stop herself from growing, focus on the upcoming math competition, and reclaim control of her life. But when her disordered eating leads to missed opportunities and a devastating health scare, Ivy realizes that she must weigh her mother’s issues against her own, and discover what it means to be a part of and apart from her family.
This Impossible Light explores the powerful reality that identity and self-worth must be taught before they are learned. Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins.”


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Review | It’s not very easy to review a book that ended up affecting you more than you thought it would. I have nothing but positive things to say about this book.

The Impossible Light is a novel in verse that follows a 15 year old girl named Ivy. She just went through what could be the worst summer of her life where her parents’ divorce made her see another version of her mom -silenced and ready to crumble-, which is a very sad thing. She also lost her¬†best friend¬†that came from Paris a totally different and changed person and her brother Sky moved out on top of it all. So she was left all by herself to face all of this, alone. Poor Ivy just wanted to get back the “Before” version of her life but she knows that it¬†can’t happen and that it’s not really up to her. She knows she has no control over what’s happening to her¬†and so try to¬†imagine the aftermath of losing this much so fast and not being able to do anything about it. Horrible, right?

I couldn’t put it down aside from the times where I needed a pause to retrieve myself, to feel and to think. (No, you’re the one who’s been crying!) It was very captivating from start to finish. This book is definitely not your go-to light read. It tackles lots of difficult subjects such as the relationship between us and our body image and how it could deeply affect us, eating disorders, depression, broken families and friendships and the scars we inherit from these last two.

Before getting into this book, I didn’t understand eating disorders that much. Of course, the book didn’t deliver a textbook¬†definition of what an eating disorder is but at least, I got a little bit more familiar with it and I got to know what it’s like and how it can destroy a person. I haven’t personally experienced suffering from an eating disorder so I can’t really say whether it’s accurate or not but I am familiar with depression and anxiety and I know what It’s like to lose control and to try to¬†get¬†it back by controlling a very specific thing that will give you the illusion of control but in real, is just breaking you. It’s probably why I felt a lot for Ivy and a great part of this book felt very relatable. It happens to be a great sign because my main problem with novels written in verse is the fact that I can’t get attached to the characters and therefore can’t feel empathy towards them. But let me tell you, Lily Myers just knows how to choose the right words to describe in a very realistic way the mind of a 15 year old teenager going through divorce , an ED and a need of control. And this is what the novel is all about: Ivy’s journey.

This wasn’t my first novel written in verse but this is definitely one of the very few¬†that I loved so I was pleasantly surprised. It is divided into six “chapters”: Unknown Variables, Compression, Half-Life, Limits, Discontinuous Function, Exponential Growth. I love how these chapters were given titles related to Ivy’s favorite class: Calculus. I know that¬†Compression¬†and Half-Life are more related to Physics but I guess Smart Girl must’ve had a thing for Physics too or Science in general. I also love how at the end of the book, a list of additional resources were given about eating disorders along with body-positive blogs and websites. It’s genuine.

This book was provided to me by Philomel Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


REVIEW: The Unseen World by Liz Moore

Helloooo! ‚̧ I’m really sorry for the absence and God knows how much I’ve missed the community and blogging in general! I was away for some time to get ready for a debate competition and to prepare some exams I had to take. ūüė¶ It was my first debate ever. I was really interested by them for quite some years now. Of course, I did horribly¬†because even though I was ready, like everyone, my anxiety came to prove me wrong once on stage. Buut, I managed to challenge myself and stand in front of people without fainting and I attended a social event that lasted for¬†days¬†so that definitely is a victory for me and I’m so looking forward to getting better at it. It’s really¬†a great experience!

Now about The Unseen World! I’ve talked about this book in my February wrap up, saying that it was one of my favourites for this year and so now is the time to finally review it. I had my notes ready and was just waiting for the perfect time to start the writing of this review and also for my thoughts to be “processed” better because it isn’t exactly the easiest book to review. And, you know, I’ve finished this book quite a while ago and I’m still obsessed so we can only assume that this book isn’t like any other book, that it actually has great impact. So without further ado, let’s start.

Image result for the unseen worldTHE UNSEEN WORLD¬†‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź

Published July 26th 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company

SYNOPSIS:¬†Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David’s colleagues. Soon after she embarks on a mission to uncover her father‚Äôs secrets.
THOUGHTS: I loved this book. Now I know that I’m usually pretty “sentimental” but aside from some very rare books, I don’t find myself crying at random books. This one managed to make me cry several times throughout the book and I seriously don’t know from where to start. Well, I guess from how I’ve heard about it! I think I’ve mentionned it¬†in previous posts but if you didn’t know, two of my favourite booktubers are Regan @peruseproject and Max @welldonebooks¬†so it was only natural for me to add this book to my wishlist automatically when they both recommended it and praised it. I had high expectations when I delved into this book and I wasn’t disappointed. I can hardly imagine anyone disliking it.
Basically, this book is about family and how humans are able to hurt people and the process of how the pain of it heals and how it can take so many years for it to finally happen. It’s also about friendship and hidden truth. It’s about growing up in a world where you don’t exactly fit. It’s also about science and¬†technology. It has a bit of everything and on top of it: a very beautiful writing. I think that’s what does it for me in a book, along with the characters. There are many books with really great plots but that were orchastrated in such a bad way and written in a poor style and that just ruins it.
Our main character’s Ada. She lives with her father who raised her all by himself and who taught her for a good part of her childhood. She was homeschooled up until her father’s disease evolved, Alzheimer’s, and he wasn’t able to teach her anymore. She had a very special bond with her father and with his colleagues at the lab where¬†David worked. Her father. He is brilliant and even though Ada was just 12 years old when the story has started, he was already teaching her a lot more than what a normal 12 year old’s supposed to know. At the age of 12 years old, Ada was already participating in the “lab life” so that only can be an indicator of how smart she was for a 12yo. She was mainly surrounded by adults and had very little contact with children her age. She relied on her father who was everything to her so you can only understand that with her father’s disease she will soon be obliged to rely on herself, or on someone else that isn’t David. In other words, her life will change. But then some things will happen that will make this “transition”, if I dare call it so, even more difficult for Ada. What things? That is for you to find out. In addition to David, Liston, which is her father’s best friend from the lab, was also one of Ada’s favourite people besides her father. They both worked on a project called ELIXIR which is a ¬†language processing program who was created with the aim of having a program that would talk and think like a human. Ada was told to talk to it quite often so that the program absorbs her words so that it can be able to formulate “human sentences” by itself. We’ll also accompany Ada through her time in the lab, her first days at school¬†and will get to know about her first crush etc…
I know I haven’t exactly been homeschooled or taught by science masterminds but in some parts of the book I found myself relating to Ada, a lot. Especially when she first had contact with “the real world” and got in school. She found herself unfit, like she didn’t belong. She knew nothing about boys and fashion and couldn’t relate to anyone around her. Also, I love the character development in this book. Liz Moore has done an amazing job and I really can’t wait to read more books by her.
The book is set in Boston and since we get to meet Adult Ada too, we get chapters set in ¬†both 1980 and 2009 which is really interesting because we see how people around her have changed and how she, herself, and her way of thinking and seeing things have changed and evolved. It is told in 3rd person. Throughout the book, I¬†thought that it would’ve been better if told in 1st person but then when I got to the last pages of the book, I understood why the author did it. And Liz Moore, you’re brilliant girl! Now I just don’t think that it could’ve been better any other way. It’s perfection the way it is. The writing is not really quotable material but it fits the story so well!¬†The mystery around David is really compelling and the story¬†slowly unravels and is so touching. It’s how she writes about the bond that’s between Ada and David and human relationships in general¬†that made me really emotional along with the bullying that some characters got to experience. ¬†The writing has managed to make Ada and David stand out. I really adored the characters, like, really! And the ending! The ending is so perfect, it made me sob! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with a perfect and neat ending to be honest so this, by all means, deserves 5 stars and is the best book I’ve read this year.
I would recommend it to everybody, even those who read the plot and found it boring so PICK IT UP! You’re in for a nice ride because this book won’t let you down. (If It did, I’d be really interested to know why!)
Aaaand that’s it! I hope this has encouraged you a little bit to read it ūüėÄ Would love to know your thoughts on the book if you¬†did already and I’m really glad to be back! ‚̧
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2016 IN MATTERS OF BOOKS: Books I Loved

Hello everyone! ‚̧

I hope you’re all doing okay and that you’re enjoying your holidays (if you have any at the moment)!¬†It’s time to go back through all the books read in 2016 and reveal the compilation of my favorite reads. I still don’t really know which books I’m going to choose because I have so many titles pop in my head right now but we’re talking favourites, not the whole list, which is kinda stressful. Narrowing down the favorites of the year has always been stressful, let’s be honest here.

2016 has been pretty good for me in matters of books. Even though I’ve practically read the same number of books this year (or actually less, 93 as opposed to 94) as I did last year, the content I find richer and better and¬†longer too! (I might have read more than 93 because I don’t add all books to Goodreads, will update later) Now big bricks don’t scare me as much as they used to, which is a very good thing for me because as soon as I finished Harry Potter, I was very reluctant when it came to big books because I didn’t feel like any book could make me as committed as I was with Harry Potter. I know that 93 might not be a big number but I’ve decided not to really care anymore :P. Yes, I was always very excited to set up a new Goodreads challenge but I don’t think I’ll be doing that for 2017. That’s a topic for another day though, now we are going to get down to business!

2016 in matters of books will be a series of posts where I’ll talk about the books I loved, the books that disappointed me¬†and the wrap up of my 2016 reading goals. Oh, and just to mention it: The books listed here are not all published in 2016 and are in no particular order because I don’t make favorites with books I love.


Homegoing РYaa Gyasi

The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

You – Caroline Kepnes

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo


Milk & Honey РRupi Kaur

The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

Crime and Punishment –¬†Fyodor Dostoyevsky


The Vegetarian –¬†Han Kang

When Breath Becomes Air –¬†Paul Kalanithi

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

Salt to the Sea –¬†Ruta Sepetys


The Shadow Of The Wind –¬†Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n

Ruby –¬†Cynthia Bond

Illuminae –¬†Amie Kaufman +¬†Jay Kristoff

Between The World and Me –¬†Ta-Nehisi Coates


¬†And that’s it for the favourites of 2016. The books I’ve reviewed on the blog were linked to the blog posts and those I didn’t to Goodreads. Sadly, I haven’t done much reviewing of the books I’ve loved and that’s mainly because most of the books I’ve really enjoyed (8 books) were read during the last of November and December so I’ll probably review them later on when I’ll finish with my exams that are taking all of my time right now.

Overall I’m really happy about my reading this year and some books I’ve read completely changed my views on some genres. Now I’m reading more Non-Fiction, more Poetry (I’m currently reading Elizabeth Bishop’s Poems that I’m really enjoying), more Adult, more Fantasy and Sci-Fi and I really appreciate the “change”. I also became more picky which is why I’ll probably change my rating system because I gave lots of 5 stars to books that don’t really deserve 5 stars…

Anyways, that’s it, 16 favorites chosen for 2016. Have you read any of these? If not, what’s on your list? ūüôā