Impossible Music by Sean Williams

Impossible Music

Music is Simon’s life—which is why he is devastated when a stroke destroys his hearing. He resists attempts to help him adjust to his new state, refusing to be counselled, refusing to learn sign-language, refusing to have anything to do with Deaf culture. Refusing, that is, until he meets G, a tough-as-nails girl dealing with her own newly-experienced deafness.


Details Impossible Music

TitleImpossible Music
ISBN9780544816206
Author
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherClarion Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreMusic, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Rating

Reviews Impossible Music

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-14
    ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.Nope. Thumbs down.As a hearing impaired person, I am all for HOH/Deaf rep. I want it. I will read any and everything with a HOH/Deaf character in it. I will give pretty much anything the benefit of the doubt but most of the time, they stink. 1. This isn’t own voices. Which super bugs me because no matter how much research you do, or how many HOH/Deaf people you know ... you won’t ever get it right. ...
  • McKayla Moors
    2019-04-04
    I have a lot of complicated feelings about this book. On the one hand, Williams's use of language is excellent. He crafts some beautiful poetry around the ideas of Deafness, loss, change, personal growth, anger, love, creativity, etc. Sometimes I would get lost in the words, words that sang off the page. On the other hand, the story was incredibly slow, and even though very little happened, it was difficult to follow.To start on that note, there ...
  • Kathryn
    2019-06-27
    Utterly brilliant story of a young musician who experiences a rare form of hearing loss & his journey toward understanding the hand he has been dealt. A longer review will appear on my blog, Kathryn's Inbox in early July 2019.
  • Sylvs (NOVELty)
    2019-08-05
    Look, I just finished this and I still have NO idea what just happened. Everything just passed by my head and I barely can even recall the plot or anything. In fact, I was so lost that I thought Rain was another character instead of the main character's last name. Whatever you say I'm blaming the fact that the book starts in the middle of the story and I had to piece things together, something I don't necessarily enjoy doing. I thought this book ...
  • Marti
    2019-06-16
    Read full review here: https://bookishtreats.wordpress.com/2... Music can be transmitted through words. Not just music, but noise as well. If you find the right words and put them together, you will be able to hear a horse galloping through the green, windy mountain. Flowers dancing at the beat of the wind, bees buzzing from one bloom to the next. It is a beautiful thing to hear sounds through words, using past experiences and imagination as prim...
  • Adriana
    2019-05-30
    I haven't fully processed this book to give a full review but here are some thoughts I have for now:Impossible Music was able to get to the emotional side of me. I felt Simon's anger and pain. Waking up and not being able to hear would be devastating. His connection to music made this point come across well.The going back and forth between a couple of months at a time felt off putting. It just confused me and messed with my reading experience. Th...
  • Meghan
    2018-11-20
    This book was received as an ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.This was such an inspiring story that it brought me to tears. The story behind Simon and G and how they are so musically talented suffering from this illness that costs them their gift of hearing and still strive for their dreams. This is a story that teaches a...
  • Rachel
    2019-07-02
    I received this e-ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I found myself enjoying this book far more than I expected to as someone who rarely picks up contemporary novels and knows next to nothing about how music is actually made. I thought the premise of Impossible Music sounded interesting and relatively unique, and I feel I was proven right in those respects.I have already seen many reviews criticizing Impossible M...
  • Isaiah
    2019-06-21
    To read more reviews check out MI Book Reviews.I got an ARC of this book.I am not too sure how I feel about this book. It isn't the worst book I have ever read, but it is far from the best book. It feels like it is lacking some depth, but I can't say from where exactly.The characters are almost 3D. Instead they have a lot of emotions, but it was easy to pinpoint every reason and action before it happened. I wasn't left with a lot of mystery. Ever...
  • Kasey Giard
    2019-07-15
    The concept of IMPOSSIBLE MUSIC totally hooked me. I love books about angsty musicians, so I knew I’d like Simon. I like fierce female characters, so I suspected I’d like G and Simon’s little sister, Maeve, also stole my heart. She’s strong and sometimes pushy, but you really get the sense that underneath that is a lot of love for her family.In terms of the plot, this must have been a tough book to write. I felt like it dragged sometimes,...
  • Gabrielle (TheYoungFolks.com)
    2019-07-20
    From TheYoungFolks.com's review by Leigh-Ann Brodber: For Simon, music is life. He’s the lead guitarist and vocalist in his band and life is looking good, until he wakes up and everything is eerily silent. Read more: https://www.theyoungfolks.com/review/...
  • Erik Fazekas
    2019-06-23
    DNF at 30% I didn’t feel anythimg reading it. Just words with no feelings in it, thus no connection with character. Such a great opportunity that got lost.
  • Leah
    2019-06-24
    The fact that this was a hearing writer doing a whole book about how deafness/hearing loss is terrible and messes up a life (even if Simon does eventually come to terms with things and isn't entirely derailed from his plans) bothered me, but even leaving that aside I felt like the book was more about being interested in music/performance theory than it was about telling a story. So much more time and effort was put into describing the Impossible ...
  • The Bookish Austin
    2019-01-14
    Review is here: https://thebookishaustin.tumblr.com/p...
  • Em The Reading Challenge Challenge
    2019-08-05
    “Silence as noise … I loved it as a concept, never for a moment imagining that one day I would grapple with it for real.” Simon Rain's entire life revolves around music - listening, playing, composing. But when a stroke damages the part of his brain that processes sound, he's left adrift in a noiseless world. Even with support from G, the spunky girl from his sign language classes, his family and the doctors and counsellors helping him adju...
  • Lynn
    2019-06-25
    Unusual and thought-provoking, I found this book intriguing on several levels and it led me down some fascinating pathways that I find myself still pondering. What IS music? How is it experienced? Must you be a hearing person to experience music? can a hearing and non-hearing person experience it any of the same ways?Simon's whole life has been music and when a stroke takes his hearing, Simon's grief and rage consume him. Readers walk with Simon ...
  • Lainy122
    2019-07-25
    This was an interesting read! It flowed between heartfelt despair and teenage rage at the injustice of the world, ticked past some lighthearted whimsy and flirty summer romance before swinging past slightly pretentious academia and settling on...didactic dialogue?Not gonna lie, the last dozen pages or so really didn't sit well with me. (view spoiler)[G's big speech and ultimatum made me really angry - she accused Simon of cheating on her with mus...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    2019-06-18
    Full Review on The Candid Cover3.5 StarsImpossible Music by Sean Williams is an original book about identity and loss. The plot is intriguing as it follows a musician who loses his hearing, and the main character is realistic. This is a great read for those looking for something more serious and meaningful.This book tells the story of a boy who suffers a stroke which leaves him deaf. However, music is his life, so how can he continue to pursue a ...
  • Barbara
    2019-07-24
    Simon Rain lives for music. But when a stroke causes him to lose the ability to hear, he refuses to believe that music can no longer be a part of his life and starts looking for ways to compose music that is not intended to be heard. He steadfastly refuses to become involved with Deaf culture or the Deaf world, but when his path crosses with G, a rollerblading teen who suffers from tinnitus, he falls madly in love and wonders if they could have a...
  • Amy
    2019-07-19
    I really loved this story and I think it’s such an important look on what it means to lose your hearing and having a disability in a world which primarily caters to the able. This was such a captivating read and really thought provoking. I felt the author did an incredible job at showing the reality of the grief and difficulty at coming to terms with suddenly losing your hearing, especially on someone who wanted to become a musician. Whilst the...
  • Sarah
    2019-06-19
    I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Simon's entire life is music, until he has a stroke which takes away his hearing. How can Simon realize his musical dreams, if he can't hear!? The people in Simon's life push him to move on and accept his new life. Simon rejects the Auslan (Australia sign language) classes and can't believe that the counselors he is being sent to could ever understand what he is going ...
  • Denese Anderson
    2019-02-04
    Music is all Simon thinks about, talks about, and dreams about. Making music is the only career he imagines himself doing. Then, the nightmare happens...Simon suffers a freak stroke and wakes up completely deaf. Now, he’s lost between holding on to his dreams, and learning to accept that things will never be the same. Can his family, his doctors, and his new friend, G (who is having her own difficult time accepting her recent deafness), help hi...
  • Carrie
    2019-06-03
    I love the idea of this story, but the execution left something to be desired. Simon is mostly a relatable character with enough depth to make him interesting, his reactions to his sudden deafness and manner of dealing with it are very well written. I was not a fan of the jumping back and forth in the timeline, I understand why it was done and probably would have accepted it a bit easier in a paper book that I could easily flip back in to check t...
  • Lauri
    2019-05-31
    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own. I started Impossible Music several times and was about to argue it was not for me, but something changed this last time I started and I found I did not want to put it down. I won't deny there were moments when the technical terms became a bit overwhelming. But there were just as many times the vocabulary captured my attention.I have st...
  • Fen'Harel
    2019-08-15
    Couldn't even finish this. What a load of rubbish. Did they seriously tell a guy that suddenly waking up deaf was the same as not being white? Wtf? I'm done. Apparently the struggles of suddenly being deaf are the same as being black or genderqueer. That's such crap. You can't just drag in unrealistic comparisons like this to be "woke".Regardless of this - no plot, the protagonist kept saying the exact same things and only seemed to have one inte...
  • Book Bazaar
    2019-05-19
    I enjoyed reading this and think Simon will be a character that people like as we identify with him as he struggles to bring music into his newly deaf world. I have a few hesitations around G and the relationship with Simon, but I will leave that for others to pick at. The writing around music was wonderful and it is good to have representations of characters facing issues like hearing loss as main characters rather than as side notes.
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    2019-08-15
    Regardless of this being an non own voices narrative, the hearing impaired representation was not only wonderfully researched but felt incredibly authentic. Unfortunately the musical terminology was overwhelming. I couldn't grasp the concept of how Simon planned to create soundless music and how the hearing audience would be immersed. Review to come.