Impossible Music

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....

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Title:Impossible Music
Author:Sean Williams
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:054481620X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:310 pages pages

Impossible Music Reviews

  • Lynn
    Jun 25, 2019
    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 ex...
  • Barbara
    Jul 24, 2019
    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 ...
  • Lexi // libraryoflexi
    Aug 26, 2019
    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. ...
  • Denese Anderson
    Feb 04, 2019
    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 ...
  • Adriana
    May 30, 2019
    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 t...
  • Bridget
    Sep 09, 2019
    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 tryin...
  • Gabrielle (TheYoungFolks.com)
    Jul 20, 2019
    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
    Jun 23, 2019
    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. ...
  • Carrie
    Jun 03, 2019
    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 ...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    Nov 02, 2018
    So uh.. this was one of my biggest fears for a long time so this novel intrigues me so much BUT it has so much potential to be harmful and I think it's not ownvoices? ...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 14, 2019
    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...
  • Isaiah
    Jun 21, 2019
    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 ...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    Aug 15, 2019
    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 mus...
  • Kathryn
    Jun 27, 2019
    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. ...
  • C.G. Drews
    Jul 09, 2019
    I'm always hone in on books with disability rep because I feel it's way way underdone in YA! Impossible Music features a profoundly deaf teen. Simon is an ex-wannabe-rock-god who has a stroke and wakes up profoundly deaf (it's a very rare brain damage) and the story is basically him tr...
  • Sarah
    Jun 19, 2019
    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 hi...
  • Rachel
    Jul 02, 2019
    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 ...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Jun 18, 2019
    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Impossible 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 somethin...
  • Kasey Giard
    Jul 15, 2019
    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 g...
  • Em The Reading Challenge Challenge
    Aug 05, 2019
    ?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 ...
  • The Bookish Austin
    Jan 14, 2019
    Review is here: https://thebookishaustin.tumblr.com/p... ...
  • Leah
    Jun 24, 2019
    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...
  • Keisha
    Sep 15, 2019
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I began this book a long time ago and DNF at first. I liked the premise of the book and I am always interested in stories where people must learn to push through tragic changes in life. I like to see how...
  • Meghan
    Nov 20, 2018
    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 an...
  • Sylvs (NOVELty)
    Aug 05, 2019
    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 ...
  • Amy
    Jul 19, 2019
    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...
  • Marti
    Jun 16, 2019
    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 dancin...
  • McKayla Moors
    Apr 04, 2019
    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...
  • T.D.Kuchel
    Sep 12, 2019
    Music was Simon?s life, until a midnight mini-stroke left him with cortical deafness. Anguished by his resulting condition, Simon reluctantly yields to his mother?s efforts to help him adapt, while his father offers distractions. When Simon?s final diagnosis comes with the ...
  • Lainy122
    Jul 25, 2019
    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 l...