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
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherClarion Books
GenreMusic, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Disability, Teen, Cultural, Australia, Health, Mental Health, Fiction

Reviews Impossible Music

  • Rebecca
    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
    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 ...
  • Sylvs (NOVELty)
    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 ...
  • Kathryn
    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.
  • Gabrielle (
    From'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:
  • Marti
    Read full review here: 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
    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...
  • Lexi // libraryoflexi
    DNF page 130 (ish)It’s unfortunate but I just couldn’t get into it. Didn’t enjoy the characters.I picked it up because I really liked the idea but overall it just wasn’t for me.
  • Isaiah
    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...
  • Meghan
    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
    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...
  • Kasey Giard
    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,...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    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.
  • Erik Fazekas
    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
    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
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  • Em The Reading Challenge Challenge
    “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
    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
    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)
    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
    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
    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...
  • Bridget
    I was talking to some students at school about this book today, I told them the premise, that a young man who loves music, making it and performing it, loses his hearing overnight. He wakes up in the morning and is totally unable to hear. This book is about his adjustment and him trying to work around the tragedy that has befallen him. He goes to a group for young people, meets a girl who is also deaf and they begin to form a relationship. I coul...
  • Sarah
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • Destiny Bridwell
    I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Musis is a lot of things to a lot of people. We each have our own loves, dislikes and playlists. The music for Simon is everything. It could be all slip right through his fingers because of the stroke that he suffered. He his having trouble dealing with the aftermath of the stroke that could be taking his hearing. He dealing with be deaf and he thinks that is going to make his identity ...