Book Review | These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany

Thank you to Leanne and Trapeze for sending me a proof copy of These Impossible Things in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

They recognized that they were all existing in a perfect moment, and eventually it would have to end. Other times it felt like it would always be this way. 

These Impossible Things charts the dreams and disappointments of a group of British Muslim women; Jenna, Kees and Malak. They have been friends for years: the three of them together against the world.

Yet one night changes everything between them and they are left adrift, marooned from each other as their lives take different paths. Without the support of each other, nothing seems to go quite right and in the wake of heartbreaks, marriages, new careers and new beginnings, they need each other more than ever. Will they be able to forgive each other in time?

These Impossible Things tells the story of three women coming to terms with the choices we make, of reconciling love, loss, faith, womanhood and friendship, and how one moment, in a life where everything feels at odds, can change everything.

Review

These Impossible Things is an honest and open coming-of-age story navigating friendship and faith, amongst much more.

The story is told through the perspectives of Malak, Kees and Jenna in alternate chapters. Each of them speaking to the reader in their own manner, dealing with their own issues.

The alternate perspectives provide a really wide overview of the girls’ and their personalities. Each one is battling with their own take on their religion, on love, on friendship and everything in between. I found them to be realistic characters who had a lot of charm between them. Salma El-Wardany ensured their personalities came through strongly which made their respective chapters clear and engaging.

Many ‘modern day’ coming-of-age dilemmas and issues are lived though. Ordinarily relatable, I found them more educational. The addition of the Muslim faith and the girls’ personal struggles and battles make’s it a really open read. I found the raw discussions and the plain-spoken religious beliefs extremely informative. There were a lot of things that I wasn’t fully informed on and found eye-opening.

There are a number of sensitive topics discussed within the novel, domestic violence and sexual assault alongside family politics/rifts. They were tough to read but, I felt, handled in a respectful manner.

These Impossible Things is out now from Trapeze. You can purchase a copy using the link below, and also help to support independent bookstores.

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Until next time,

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