For the first time this year we’re offering a book that even we haven’t read yet!
“This Impossible Light” by Lily Myers will be published on June 6 and we’ll be reading it for the first time along with all of you this June.
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.
Fifteen-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 Her dad has moved out, her mother is withdrawn, her brother is off at college, and her best friend, Anna, has grown distant.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.
We will have discussion questions up on the blog on Wednesday June 14, and that evening there will be a live online discussion through Live Story on Instagram with @caseyrosereads at 6:30 PM EDT.
June will deliver another great publication with Roxane Gay’s “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” coming out on June 13, and that will be our July book pick, so feel free to start reading that early if you so choose!
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