August 2, 2018

The Impossibility of Us Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

The Impossibility of Us
Author: Katy Upperman

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Publisher: Swoon Reads


The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?

She is beautiful like shattered glass— 
sharp, asymmetrical, unique.

She is soaked in seawater, 
and smells of salt. 
She is shades of pomegranate and peach. 
She struggles to breathe, 
as if the air is mud-thick, 
too viscous to inhale.

I know the feeling.

She is exhausted, because of me. 
My swim-gone-wrong. 
My naiveté, my foolishness.

She falls, falls, falls to the ground, 
nestling into the sand like a seashell.

She peers up at me, 
eyes hard, expression hostile. 
She wants me to go.

Instead, I sink down to sit beside her.

“What the hell’s wrong with you?” she rasps. 
“You could have drowned!”

She could have drowned, 
and I would have been responsible.

She wrings the ocean from her long ponytail, 
then pulls her shirt, drenched and transparent, 
from where it clings. 
I am tired and I am troubled, 
but I am mesmerized by her movements— 
I am mesmerized by her.

She glares, flagrant, and I shrink into myself. 
I avert my gaze; my face sizzles with shame.

A dog bounds over—her dog. 
It is discordantly cheerful, 
covered in wet, wheat-colored curls. 
It licks salty water from her face. 
She gives its head an amiable pat, 
while scowling at me.

Finally, she snaps, “You’re welcome.” 

As if I have thanked her.

I should. I should say something. 
Instead, I shiver against harsh wind, 
and commit her features to memory.

She is a heart-shaped mouth. 
She is slick caramel hair.
She is bottomless brown eyes. 
Even in anger, she is dazzling.
Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. KISSING MAX HOLDEN is her debut novel; her sophomore novel, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US, will be available summer, 2018.



  1. The writing is amazing and powerful. The cover is romantic and makes me want to start reading this book now.

  2. Thanks for being on the tour! :)