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Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Book review
By Suze
India is the most popular girl at school and she's confident things will stay this way. She has clear goals for the future and knows exactly how she's going to achieve them. Her mother has other plans though. She informs India that they'll move from California to Boston to live with a wealthy lawyer and his daughter. India's mother has managed to spend time with her boyfriend and his daughter for months, but never told India about them. India has to move in with two strangers and she'll be transferred to a new school. She also has to learn to adjust to being wealthy, because her mother's boyfriend is rich. India spent years of her life in a trailer and has trouble fitting in.
India has to go to the same school as Eloise, her stepsister-to-be. Eloise is cold and distant and her friends seem to dislike India as well, especially Eloise's boyfriend Finn. It's obvious India isn't wanted, but she's been through worse, so she steels herself and tries to make the best of it. Things improve when she discovers that Finn and Eloise are hiding something. Because of their secret India gradually forms a connection with them and life at school becomes a lot better. However, secrets often come out. What will happen when the truth comes to light?
India is strong, but damaged and closed off as well. She had to grow up quickly and is wise for her age. She had an awful childhood and never knew unconditional love. My heart ached for the frightened little girl she once was. However, she's turned into a confident, courageous and kind teenager. She doesn't tolerate bullying and always stands up for both herself and those who are being bullied. I admired that about her. She fakes it until she makes it and that attitude is usually getting her far. When she finally starts to understand Eloise she helps her instead of holding a grudge because of the chilly welcome she received. India's forgiving and has a big heart. She isn't afraid to choose the difficult path if she believes it's the best way to go. She's an interesting main character and she's beautiful both inside and out.
Samantha Young's writing has a nice easy flow, which made it possible for me to completely focus on India's story. India doesn't have an easy life and Samantha Young describes her problems in a raw and empathic way. She doesn't stay away from heavy topics and is very good at writing about emotional impact. She fully understands everything her main characters are going through and that greatly impressed me. The Impossible Vastness of Us is both moving and fascinating at the same time. It's multilayered with plenty of surprising twists and turns. It's a fantastic compelling and original story with a gorgeous unexpected bittersweet ending. I highly recommend this very special book.

If you love reading stories about complex love and family dynamics with plenty of emotional depth you will definitely like The Impossible Vastness of Us.

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About Samantha Young

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 Hero. On 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.


“You’re a great photographer, Finn.”

He leaned against the counter by the sink, seeming surprised by the compliment. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

Silence stretched as we could do nothing but stare at each other, and my skin started to feel tight and hot, as if I was seconds from bursting out of it.

“Uh.” I stepped back, suddenly needing more space between us. “So we should probably arrange a time to meet up for the presentation. That’s if you’re not planning to stand me up.”

He frowned. “What are you talking about?”

“You said to meet you after school today even though you work at the Chronicle.”

“I don’t always come to the meetings. I only decided to come work here because you said we couldn’t meet,” he explained, and if I wasn’t mistaken he sounded a little annoyed.

“Oh.” I refused to feel guilty for thinking badly of him. Refused. “Okay. Well, we need to meet up some time soon.”

“Yeah.” He agreed, looking at his feet now.

“I’d suggest Theo’s but it might be distracting for you with Eloise there.”

Finn looked up at me. “Theo’s?”

Confused by the question I raised an eyebrow.

“You said ‘Theo’s.’ You didn’t say ‘my place.’”

“Because it isn’t.” It was my turn to cross my arms over my chest.

Sensing I wasn’t going to elaborate on my feelings about the house I was living in and the people I was living with, Finn eventually nodded. “Okay. My place, then. Tomorrow.”

Glad we’d finally organized a time but not so glad it meant spending more alone time with Finn, I just nodded and stepped back toward the door. “Okay. I’ll meet you out front after school.”

“Do you need a ride home tonight?”

I looked back at him, surprised by the offer, but not surprised to find him staring at his feet rather than at me. “Eloise’s director has upped her rehearsals so she’s still here, too. Gil’s picking us both up in an hour.” I would’ve thought he’d be fully aware of Eloise’s schedule.

“Right.” He straightened and turned his back on me.

There was something about it that was vulnerable. Something about him that was vulnerable. I was probably insane to even think that about him—this beautiful, rich boy—but he was getting to me.

Nobody got to me.


“But thanks,” I found myself saying quietly.

He glanced over his shoulder. “You’re welcome,” he replied just as quietly.

Crap, crap.

My fingers slipped around the door handle as I tried to get out of there at superspeed. 
One very lucky winner will receive a signed hardback copy of The Impossible Vastness of Us, an Umbrella and Raindrop Necklace and a Bubblegum Blue Fuji Instax. Four runner-ups will receive a signed copy of The Impossible Vastness of Us.


  1. Is this going to get me to feel all the feels? XD

  2. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

  3. I'd love to read this. Her books are amazing and I agreatm looking forward to reading this.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  4. I'd love to read this, thanks for the review & giveaway!