book review

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

31348237If you could change the past, would you?

Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death.

Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977.

At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?


*Thank you Ebury Press and NetGalley for providing the copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Summer of Impossible Things started off with Luna and her sister Pia, on their way to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to settle the affairs of their recently deceased mother who took her own life. Growing up, they know she’s depressed, but they didn’t know why until after her death. She left a video telling them what happened to her 30 years ago before she ran away to England with their dad. Since then, she never set foot to Bay Ridge. The moment they arrived at their mother’s birth place, something unexplainable, somewhat crazy and impossible and yet magical at the same time, started happening to Luna. She can travel through time, particularly in 1977, the same date, time, and place that she is right now. In 1977, she met her mother, 30 years younger, so full of life, so different from the woman who raised her. What more, she realized she can change the past and in the process, it can greatly affects the future. Knowing what her mother had been through, Luna is determined to save her mother from years of guilt and misery. She knows there is a reason why she can travel to the past and she is willing to do everything to save her mother even if it means ceasing to exist.

This is one of those books that I would pick up without reading the blurb, in this instance requested it because it was recommended by Jodi Picoult which is one of my favorite author, plus that fab cover, of course. It is my first Rowan Coleman book so I didn’t know what to expect, I just know it will be something different as it revolves around time travel, a really fascinating subject if I may say. I love The Time Traveler’s Wife so I’m really excited digging into this. With fantasy, romance, some drama, and history, this turned out to be one compelling read.

It is told in Luna’s POV, who is such an engaging character. She will take you to the past, the present, and the future in one impossible journey of changing a terrible past that will make a big impact in the future. She’ll make you feel the love she has for her parents, especially her depressed mother, for her recovering addict sister and that special someone she met in the past. And because of that love, she is willing to sacrifice her own life to ensure the happiness of the people she loves. But it’s not only Luna you will adore, the other characters, whether they be in the past or present, are pretty much remarkable as well.

The story and setting are wonderful even though I can’t relate to the Saturday Night Fever references. And though the story can be quite unique, it is also predictable at times. Even so, there are still a lot of stuff that will intrigue and surprise you all throughout. Since when Luna changes something in the past, it greatly affects the future, which is one of the good things to look forward to in the book. You always have to wonder about the outcome of one small action she did. I just can’t understand how the culprit change at the last moment when who it is was established early on. But since things constantly change in the story, I guess it’s one more plot twist to throw in for added surprise. There’s a bit of a romance going on as well, but I like how it’s not the main focus of the story. I was hoping to read more about it towards the end but only given a glimpse.

The Summer of Impossible Things is without a doubt a beautifully written tale about love in all its form with great characters that will surely warm your heart. A story that defies the impossible by making things possible. In this case, changing the past. Truly magical, captivating and satisfying read, it will evoked some emotions while you’re reading it and will leave you warm and fuzzy after. I can’t wait to grab another Rowan Coleman novel.

RATING: 4.5/5




(*Photos and synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

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4 thoughts on “The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

  1. The Summer of Impossible Things sounds like a great read but also sad at the same time. I have yet to read a book that takes someone back in time this way. I really like the elements of surprise and time travel because they seem to work well with the storyline. That cover is stunning as well. Lovely review!

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    1. Thank you! Time travel is such a fascinating topic. Just need to find a good story for it to work. The Summer of Impossible Things is a good read, but yeah, it can be sad at times. 🙂

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