Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 6, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: ARC, Kindle Edition
Source: Review Copy
Ash Gupta is having an amazing senior year, hanging out with his tight circle of friends and cranking out the grades his wealthy, immigrant Asian-Indian parents expect. A model student in every way, Ash is on track to earn every school honor there is... except one. It looks as if valedictorian will go to the anti-social, foul-mouthed girl who has been a thorn in his side throughout high school, and that’s just not a part of Ash’s—or his parents’—plan.
Eden Moore’s biggest goal is to escape the poverty that haunts her family. When she’s not babysitting a special needs boy, managing the high school website, or attending classes, she’s studying her ass off. Her perfect GPA should be enough to win her the class valedictorian title, and with it, an endorsement for the full-ride Peyton Scholarship. Eden’s sure this is her chance to get out of her dead-end town and her trailer-park life for good, until she discovers that the arrogant, rich Ash also wants the title and the scholarship that will come along with it—for the prestige.
To both of their surprise, when Eden and Ash are forced to work together on a school project, sparks fly. As they spend more time together, antagonism changes to romance. They start a secret relationship, even though they’re on opposite sides of nearly every social hierarchy their friends and families can imagine—race, class, social status.
Can they put all that behind them and start something real?
Oh, where to even begin with Julia Day’s The Possibility of Somewhere?
I wanted to like it, I really did. The cover is gorgeous, the summary sounded like every contemporary YA love story that I’ve fallen for repeatedly…it should have been instalove. Instead, I found myself giving The Possibility of Somewhere the stank eye more than once as I was reading, and it left me with a sour taste in my mouth when all was said and done.
Warning, there WILL be spoilers ahead.
Eden, an incredibly smart girl with ambition and a big (albeit hidden) heart is actually a really great main character at times. She’s foul-mouthed and determined, and having grown up on the “wrong side of the tracks” poor and lacking the finer things in life, you want her to succeed. Her goal is to work with autistic children, she’s absolutely wonderful with the boy she babysits…honestly, what’s not to like?
Generally, what’s not to like is her relationship with Ash. I’ll be honest here, he’s kind of a tool. And because of that, I was completely turned off by The Possibility of Somewhere as a whole. I’ve never rooted against a relationship more than I did with these two, only because they are so obviously wrong for each other. One, there’s no chemistry whatsoever in the beginning and then BAM! they’re in love and fighting the racial and economic injustices of high school dating. It’s instalove at its worst. Two, Ash is constantly blaming Eden for things outside of her control. Date gone bad? Eden’s fault. Disastrous meeting with the parents? Eden shoulders the blame. Everyone finds out their dating? Eden should have done something more to keep the secret relationship a secret.
I don’t know if there was supposed to be a point where I liked Ash, but I never found it.
Honestly Eden, you should have stayed far away from that airport and let Ash and his pretentious little self fly right off into the sunset.
What I did like about The Possibility of Somewhere was the relationship between Eden and her stepmother, Marnie, as well as her budding friendship with Mundy. (Seriously, Mundy is amazing.) It’s during her time with these two character’s that Eden really shines with her potential as a person outside of Ashe, and I couldn’t wait to get to passages in the novel that involved these females. I liked the way their personalities mixed and clashed and melded into a solid bond. Seriously, girl power for the win! I just wish it was enough to salvage my opinion of the novel as a whole.
Basically, The Possibility of Somewhere left me wishing for the possibility of a better read.