Tuesday 27 June 2017

❤ The Impossible Vastness of Us ❤ Samantha Young ❤ #YA ❤ #Giveaway & #Excerpt ❤

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From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity, and acceptance that will break your heartand make it whole again. Order your copy of THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US today!

• release day: 27 June 2017
• standalone Young Adult
• 384 Pages
5 Stars
I know how to watch my back. Im the only one that ever has.

India Maxwell hasn
t just moved across the countryshes plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. Its taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now shes living in one of Bostons wealthiest neighborhoods with her moms fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsisters clique of friends, including Eloises gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India
s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the schools golden couple, arent all they seem to be. In fact, everyones life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, whats left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever

From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity, and acceptance that will break your heart
and make it whole again.

India has kind of accepted her place in life. She's in high school. The most popular girl in junior year. She's nice to everyone - every clique. She works hard at all the extra curricular stuff, because she needs to get into a good college - she wants to be a District Attorney one day - to lock bad guys away forever!
But everything she shows to the world; all that power and control, is just a facade. She's only existing. She's not really happy, she's not tough and confident. Every positive feeling towards people has been killed years ago.
And then suddenly her superficially perfect life gets even more complicated!
Her mom moves her from California to Boston! To move in with mom's new mega-rich lawyer fiancé Theo and his private-school daughter Eloise.

... standing in cheap clothes in that big, expensive house, I suddenly felt this overwhelming fear that I would never find my power here, my control. I felt awkward. Unsophisticated. Uncultured.

Let the fun times begin! Because now she is so not the most popular girl at school anymore. And it's also not really good for making new friends when she's falling for her new sister's boyfriend!
But also ... everything is not really as it seems with all those new people!

What will happen with India in Boston??
Will there be a Happy End??

I really had no idea what to expect - I was afraid that the story was a bit too young for this old blogger. But pffft. I didn't care!
You immediately like India. You know she's been through a lot and she had to fight for her place in life and school. But now she's in Boston and it gets even worse. She's not the only person with a past or with secrets.
You can't stop reading - you have to know what happened to everyone, what their secrets are, what they are trying to hide. Who is in love with whom? I loved it.
The story has shades of Gossip Girl and 90210 and so many other tv shows! It all really feels like you're watching it on tv - on the edge of your seat because it's all so mysterious and sad and heartbreaking and sweet and touching and romantic and funny and secretive and ugh. I just loved it!
The story touches some very serious and tough real-life problems. This book should definitely be on the reading lists of highschoolers!
But of course it's not all sad and problematic. There are sweet and adorable and funny and even sexy moments too!
Perfect YA romance! I loved it!
I hope we - or rather Sam - will come back to this story again one day! I would love to hear how  their life is like at college or even later!

THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US was such a heartbreakingly beautiful and adorable Young Adult story. After fighting and hiding for so long, India and her new friends, are this close to finding their places in life ... and love. Run to your nearest amazon to find out if they do - and also - get your own Finn - this one is MINE! ☺

ARC received for an honest review

Not going to lie, I was a little bit wary when I picked up this book - nothing to do with the book or the author, just because it is YA and I am an old fart.
But it is Samantha  Young,  and she has never steered me wrong yet.  And she still hasn't with The Impossible Vastness of Us.

From the first moment we meet I was hooked.  We learn she has been through hell, but she has found her place in the world and is rocking it. When the rug is pulled from under her my heart broke a little bit more.

It is like she walks into the middle of Gossip Girl - rich, entitled mean girls and the guys who just want to get some from her.  But things aren't always what they seem.

As we delve into their stories and scratch beneath the surface there is so much more going on.  They are dealing with real problems, fighting their own very real battles.  However it is not all mean girls and heartache, there are plenty of light, sweet, funny moments too.

 The Impossible Vastness Of Us had this old blogger reminiscing of high school (god I hated high school so so much) and cheering on India, Eloise and Finn as they navigate their way.

I would love to revisit these characters some time down the track


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“This is Jay,” I said, crossing my arms over my chest in defiance at the stern look on her face.
I hated when she acted like she gave a crap.
“I don’t care who he is.” Hayley tried to fry his ass with her eyes. “You can leave.”
Jay stared back at her with as much defiance as I did, making me like him more. He turned to me and pressed a slow, intimate kiss to the corner of my mouth. “See you at school, babe.”
He laughed at the mischief in my eyes.
I waited until he’d brushed by Hayley without a word and I heard the front door close behind him. “Nice. Thanks.”
Hayley’s dark eyes narrowed into slits. “Don’t talk to me like that. I’m tired, it’s been a long day and now I come home and find my daughter being mauled by some walking hormone. Am I supposed to be happy that you’re dating some guy who looks like he’s seen the inside of prison more than once?”
“We’re not dating. We’re just fooling around.”
“Oh, well, then, why am I so upset?” She threw her hands up in exasperation.
She flinched, like she always flinched when I called her by her name (so she flinched a lot). “Don’t ‘Hayley’ me. I have a right to be upset about this.”
“Don’t be. I’m not serious about him. And I’m not getting pregnant. Anyway, you’re home early.”
“They put me on a shorter flight.” She dumped her purse on the couch as she moved farther into the room. “We’ll discuss Jay later. I need to tell you something.”
I tensed. “Yeah?”
She stared pensively at me for a few seconds before finally taking a seat by my side. “I’ve met someone.”
Dread instantly filled me.
Scrutinizing me for a reaction and getting none, Hayley smiled reassuringly. “He’s wonderful. His name is Theo and he has a daughter who’s actually your age. He lives in Boston. We met on one of my flights out there.”
My stomach churned. “How long?”
“Several months ago.”
“I knew something was going on,” I muttered.
“I’m sorry I kept it from you for so long… I just wanted to make sure it was real between us.”
“And is it?”
“Very much so. We’ve fallen in love.”
“That’s some long-distance relationship.”
“I stay with him when I fly out there. I see him as often as possible.”
I snorted. “And you think he’s faithful all the times you’re not around?”
“Don’t.” She cut a hand through the air. “Those are your trust issues, India. Not mine.”
My blood boiled with indignation. She was completely naïve if she thought for one second this guy wasn’t’ a loser. She had chosen badly before, after all. I had a right to the dread that was making me feel sick.
“I just wanted to give you a heads-up that it’s serious.”
“What does that even mean?”
“It means that if this is going where I think it’s going, then that might mean a big life change for us.”
Oh, hell.
I stared at her in horror.
Hayley sighed wearily at the expression I wasn’t even trying to conceal. “I’m going to make a cup of tea. I’m tired so we’ll talk about Jay another time.” She turned but then stopped to stare at me sadly. “Thanks for being so happy for me, by the way.”
That didn’t even deserve a response.
There was a time Hayley couldn’t give a damn about my happiness. I felt it only fair that I feel apathetic now about hers.


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Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017
Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.
Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.