The Impossible Boy

The Impossible Boy

This is not your average love story.Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. He’s a tattooed, badass, wannabe rock star, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and he’s totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.Stan isn’t your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels s...

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Title:The Impossible Boy
Author:Anna Martin
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ISBN:1635332052
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:204 pages

The Impossible Boy Reviews

  • .Lili.
    Dec 30, 2016

    After I had finished

    , I was on the fence about the rating. The time lapses in the story seemed abrupt, and it kind of bugged me, so I decided to think about the story for a few days and before writing anything. The more I thought about it, the more I appreciated its message and importance.

    This story is about Stan and Ben. Stan is genderfluid. He's a man and a woman. In the beginning, he has just moved to England to begin a new job. He works in the fashion ind

    After I had finished

    , I was on the fence about the rating. The time lapses in the story seemed abrupt, and it kind of bugged me, so I decided to think about the story for a few days and before writing anything. The more I thought about it, the more I appreciated its message and importance.

    This story is about Stan and Ben. Stan is genderfluid. He's a man and a woman. In the beginning, he has just moved to England to begin a new job. He works in the fashion industry and loves being a part of it except he would never model because he knows it puts to close to an old demon- anorexia. He was happy working in the background of the industry and determined to live a healthy lifestyle.

    One night Stan ventures to a bar and meets Ben. Ben is bisexual; he's open and kind. On a whim, he leaves Ben his number and what ensues is beautiful romance. I'm going to stop here and go into the highlights even though my brain and fingers are itching for a full-on summary of the book.

    -Relationship development. We were on this journey with them from the first moment they met. The progression it took felt natural, and it blossomed exquisitely.

    -The characters. All of them- the main characters and supporting ones.

    -The plot. I always love slice of life stories best. There's no evil villain lurking, no crime that needs to be solved. It's a story that is real. I loved that Anna Martin brought a spotlight to gender identity and eating disorders. She treated both subjects with the importance and understanding.

    -Narration. It's told from a dual POV.

    -Chemistry. These two were lovely together- no doubt they were meant to be.

    -The end. It was realistic and left me feeling that everything will be ok. Ben and Stan are in it for the long haul.

    My rating... I was initially going to go with 4 Stars<---which is by no means bad. But after thinking about it and as I typed my review I'm going with 4.9. I won't get preachy, but I believe that stories like these need to be told. Well done, Anna Martin!

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    Dec 27, 2016

    Stan (short for Stanislav) is a boy. And a girl. He's not transgender; he's gender fluid. He's a feminine man who rocks dresses and high heels and has bins full of makeup. A creative director at a fashion magazine, he turns heads wherever he goes.

    Stan is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. But beauty can be a curse. Always different, always apart, Stan controls what he can: his body and food.

    Stan (short for Stanislav) is a boy. And a girl. He's not transgender; he's gender fluid. He's a feminine man who rocks dresses and high heels and has bins full of makeup. A creative director at a fashion magazine, he turns heads wherever he goes.

    Stan is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. But beauty can be a curse. Always different, always apart, Stan controls what he can: his body and food.

    Stan is anorexic, his illness a beast lurking in the corners of his mind.

    Ben, a bartender and guitarist, is an ordinary bloke with an extraordinary heart. When Ben first sees Stan striding into his bar, he thinks Stan is a "long-legged goddess" but he's not even remotely disappointed when he realizes Stan is a boy.

    Ben takes Stan as he is; even when Stan tells him he's anorexic, Ben doesn't falter.

    Stan and Ben's relationship is thoughtful and sweet. They take walks in the park and cuddle on the couch. They kiss and make love. Ben is so completely in love with Stan, it shows in every gesture, every moment. Even when Stan falls, Ben doesn't give up.

    My heart hurt for Stan, who has always struggled so hard to be accepted, whose own mother knew he was starving and didn't say a word. And it hurt for Ben, trying to keep it all together even as his world is falling apart.

    When Stan buys Ben a black "rocker" bunny so Ben has something to hold when Stan's not there, I about cried. And that bunny comes round. At one point, Stan, who doesn't like to depend on anyone, needs the bunny more than Ben does.

    I loved the secondary characters, especially Tone, Ben's friend and band mate who blurts out whatever's on his mind and whose wild beard and sloppy clothes belie a sensitive heart. Tone even gets into Stan's "yoga malarkey"; he's awesome like that.

    ends with a lovely HEA, a HEA all the more believable because it's not sugarcoated.

    We know Stan has a long road ahead of him (anorexia is a mental illness; it doesn't just go away). But now Stan isn't alone. He has a support system. He has Tone buying him chocolate. And he has an amazing boyfriend who would do anything for his princess, his imperfectly perfect boy.

  • Ele
    Dec 28, 2016

    Stanislav Novikov is many things. He's a fashion journalist. He's self-made and independant. He's stunningly beautiful.

    . He's anorexic.

    Ben is bisexual, and works as a bartender/ guitarist/tutor. He's all tattooed and badass on the outside, but soft as a marshmallow inside.

    Stan's genderfluidity doesn't scare Ben off. On

    Stanislav Novikov is many things. He's a fashion journalist. He's self-made and independant. He's stunningly beautiful.

    . He's anorexic.

    Ben is bisexual, and works as a bartender/ guitarist/tutor. He's all tattooed and badass on the outside, but soft as a marshmallow inside.

    Stan's genderfluidity doesn't scare Ben off. On the contrary, he loves every part of Stan; the long, blond hair, the high heels, the make up. Ben practically worships Stan.

    This is not just a simple story.

    . It felt unique and amazing and I loved it so hard! The reader gets to experience the first time they lay eyes on each other, the first phonecall, the first date, the first kiss, the first EVERYTHING!

    The pacing is perfect. The strong feelings between Stan and Ben develop naturally and are never in question. They fall and they fall hard. But Stan's demons are back and testing him once more. The question is, how will Ben react to this?

    Honestly, I cried a lot during the second part of the book. Despite that, the story is not overwhelmingly angsty. It's hopeful and real, sometimes even funny.

    I loved the quiet times Stan and Ben spent together. I loved Stan doing his hair and make up and rocking these high heels like nobody's business! And I loved the characters. The secondary cast shines in this book. Tone, Ben's best mate, means a lot to the story. Stan found a family, people he can rely on instead of being on his own.

    Bottom line, I highly recommend this book. It's my favorite Anna Martin to date, and Stan and Ben are two of my all time favorite characters.

  • Jewel
    Jan 01, 2017

    What a perfect book to end one year and start the next. Gorgeous story telling. Characters that felt so real. I was absolutely captivated from the moment I picked it up.

    Stanislav Novikov is a beautiful beautiful gender-fluid man. He wears makeup and feminine clothing and has long silky hair. He's a boy. He's a girl. He's Stan, and Ben loves all of him. Stan is a fashion writer, but he could easily be a model. However, Stan has battled anorexia since he was a young teen and he does not want anyon

    What a perfect book to end one year and start the next. Gorgeous story telling. Characters that felt so real. I was absolutely captivated from the moment I picked it up.

    Stanislav Novikov is a beautiful beautiful gender-fluid man. He wears makeup and feminine clothing and has long silky hair. He's a boy. He's a girl. He's Stan, and Ben loves all of him. Stan is a fashion writer, but he could easily be a model. However, Stan has battled anorexia since he was a young teen and he does not want anyone to idealize that. Plus, he's trying to live a more healthy lifestyle and modeling would likely put him smack in the middle of his eating disorder.

    Ben Easton bartends and tutors and plays in a band. Ben doesn't exactly conform, either, having a mohawk, tattoos and wearing black, ripped up clothing. Ben is the kind of guy that wants to be who he is and also wants others to be who they are. He's a nurturer, through and through and Stan is beautiful and gorgeous and perfect to Ben, from the very start.

    Ben and Stan's romance was gorgeous. It wasn't typical and there wasn't a bunch of unnecessary drama and angst. They're an ordinary couple who love quiet nights at home, cuddles on the couch, making love and just being with one another. That said, it wasn't always an easy read. Stan's anorexia is a serious issue and it's something he'll likely fight for the rest of his life. It isn't glossed over and it isn't treated flippantly, at all. And that is part of what makes

    just so good.

    Also, In a year where gender identity has hit a high in the media,

    explores a different aspect of gender identity than what we commonly see. When Stan explains what being gender-fluid means to him, how it can be confusing, and not only learning how to express it, but also to accept and embrace it, we see another piece of the gender identity puzzle come into play. And never does it feel preachy or didactic.

    And I know it is a little early in the year to say this, but I will be shocked if

    doesn't make my top 10 of 2017.

    Definitely recommended.

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  • Karen
    Jan 16, 2017

    I had my reservations on this one because the first line in the blurb said 'This is not your average love story.' and of course my response to that was...but is it? Is it really even a love story? So I read on and I became intrigued, curious and ultimately interested...so of course reading the book became inevitable. I needed to find out for myself...was this a love story and yes, we're going with my definition of love story vs romance because hey, it's my r

    I had my reservations on this one because the first line in the blurb said 'This is not your average love story.' and of course my response to that was...but is it? Is it really even a love story? So I read on and I became intrigued, curious and ultimately interested...so of course reading the book became inevitable. I needed to find out for myself...was this a love story and yes, we're going with my definition of love story vs romance because hey, it's my review.

    I knew from the blurb that I wasn't getting your average couple. Stan is gender fluid and while he did indicate in the story that he essentially identified himself as 'male' it was also clearly and beautifully evident that he acknowledged and even embraced the side of himself that so obviously identified as 'female'. Stan is gender fluid and wonderfully so. While Stan's life has for so many reasons not been easy neither has he wallowed in pity over the hand he's been dealt. Stan has for all intents and purposes made the most of the opportunities that have come his way and turned himself into a fashion blogging success. His looks are stunning and he could easily rule the catwalks of Europe, but Stan's no fool either, he sees the pitfalls that the fashion industry holds and especially for someone who's already dealt with anorexia so he's quite happy with his life in fashion behind the scenes.

    His personal life though that's another story. He's never known anyone who loved all of him...

    Ben's a tattooed, badass, wanna-be rocker. Who gets one look at Stan and he's a goner. He just doesn't know it...yet.

    As much as I wanted to give this story 5 stars, in the end, I settled for 4 because for a fair chunk of this book I had a disconnect...not from Stan or Ben but from the actual story itself. There were moments when for want of a better word I was 'bored' I'd put the book down and wander off to other things but then I'd pick it back up and start reading and wonder 'why the hell I'd ever put it down?' and after awhile I'd put it down again and wonder off...so I'm really not sure if it was me or the book. Maybe it was just my mindset at the time and if this had only happened once or twice I probably would have attributed it to that but it took me 3 days to get through a book that I easily should have read in considerably less time so I'm sticking with the 4 stars and I'm also unrepentantly happy that I stuck with the book...because in the end it was a beautiful story that I'm glad I read.

    'The Impossible Boy' wasn't a story about two people falling in love...well, ok it sort of was but the story also told so much more. Loving someone is just the beginning, it's the making it work and how you fit into each other's lives and how and when you make the compromises and how and when you can't or don't. There was so much depth to this story, so much more than a typical romance or even those rare love stories that make me sigh so contentedly at the end because I'm left feeling like what I read was real and tangible and enduring.

    For me the biggest difference...the only real difference between a romance and a love story is how the story makes me, as a reader, feel, so you see it's a very personal thing...subjective, if you will. There's no right or wrong or good or bad here. Just a simple matter of opinion and in this case 'The Impossible Boy' felt like a love story. A well told love story of two people surrounded by a cast of wonderful characters.

    There were so many beautiful moments in this story. Moments that spoke to the heart of how much Stan and Ben cared for each other without ever using the words I love you. But the one that stayed with me was Ben's and ironically it did involve the word love, but it was the totality of what he said that brought home to me, the depth of his feelings for Stan...

    'The Impossible Boy' is more than just a story about falling in love. It's about finding love, making it work, fitting it into your life...in the good times and the bad, it's about fighting for it and believing in it. It's about the kind of love that gives meaning not just to the big moments but the little ones as well and it left me feeling like what I read was real and tangible and enduring.

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    An ARC of 'The Impossible Boy' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Garrett Leigh
    Dec 30, 2016

    I absolutely adored this book. I don't often get around to reading the books I design covers for, despite my best intentions, but boy am I glad I made time for this one. The image the author sent me for Stan fascinated me from the start, and the book itself did not disappoint.

    As a cis woman, I can't comment on the authenticity of the trans elements, but I was utterly captivated by Stan and mesmerised by Anna Martin's hypnotic and beautiful writing style.

    The Impossible Boy is a book that will sta

    I absolutely adored this book. I don't often get around to reading the books I design covers for, despite my best intentions, but boy am I glad I made time for this one. The image the author sent me for Stan fascinated me from the start, and the book itself did not disappoint.

    As a cis woman, I can't comment on the authenticity of the trans elements, but I was utterly captivated by Stan and mesmerised by Anna Martin's hypnotic and beautiful writing style.

    The Impossible Boy is a book that will stay with me for a long time.

  • Judith
    Jan 05, 2017

    4.5 Stars.

    When I read a friend's review of this and saw the blurb I just knew it was my kind of book.I adore

    men,I love the heels,the make up,the long hair,the clothes.And add into the mix a man who is the opposite and I'm in book heaven.

    I make no apologies for the fact I like my men to be dirty,really dirty.I'm talking about men being manhandled and pushed around in the most deliciously filthy ways-and this

    4.5 Stars.

    When I read a friend's review of this and saw the blurb I just knew it was my kind of book.I adore

    men,I love the heels,the make up,the long hair,the clothes.And add into the mix a man who is the opposite and I'm in book heaven.

    I make no apologies for the fact I like my men to be dirty,really dirty.I'm talking about men being manhandled and pushed around in the most deliciously filthy ways-and this book is nothing like that.

    These two men don't

    These two men

    And it is quite beautiful.

    Stan is 22 and has just moved to London to start a job working for a fashion magazine.He's stunningly beautiful and has loads of offers to become a model but that's definitely not an option for him due to his past.He had the opportunity to go through transition but couldn't as he doesn't identify with being transgender.I didn't really understand fully what being

    was and thought the Author explained it well,especially in the conversations Stan had with Ben and Tone.

    Stan meets Ben one night in the bar Ben works in.When Ben first sees Stan he is blown away by his beauty,initially thinking he's a girl.However,when he realizes Stan is a man he's not fazed in any way.

    This book was not what I expected at all.It's romantic and sweet.These men don't rush into bed,they go on dates,they hold hands and their relationship develops at just the right pace.Ben is completely unfazed by Stan's past,he just sees a beautiful man he wants to be with.On Stan's part,he's never had the kind of attention Ben gives him from any other man.

    It's not all rainbows and sunshine,though,when Stan's demons from the past resurface.However it wasn't unnecessary drama and played an important part in these two men's relationship.

    Highly recommended.

  • Sabrina
    Jan 20, 2017

    Anna Martin was right when she said that this isn't your average romance.

    was so much more than that and a story that will have you captivated from the very first page. Stan is neither a girl, nor a boy, instead he's what you may call gender-fluid; identifying as neither gender. Ben is the unicorn of a man that accepts him for how he is and loves him all the more for having the courage to live his life however he wants. But Stan also has issues that he's kept hidden

    Anna Martin was right when she said that this isn't your average romance.

    was so much more than that and a story that will have you captivated from the very first page. Stan is neither a girl, nor a boy, instead he's what you may call gender-fluid; identifying as neither gender. Ben is the unicorn of a man that accepts him for how he is and loves him all the more for having the courage to live his life however he wants. But Stan also has issues that he's kept hidden from those around him and when they come out Ben will have to be the strong one in their relationship if he wants to keep Stan.

    I really liked that this wasn't your typical story and I'm not even honestly sure that I can shelve it as an MM, though I will just to keep organized. Instead of just getting the usual MM story, we're delivered this book packed full of everyday issues that many people out there face, and we're forced to see life through their eyes. I love that this author wasn't afraid to go in this direction and I liked the book all the more for that reason.

    As much as I liked the book, though, I did have my issues. I felt that the relationship between Ben and Stan went from dating to serious rather quickly and it gave me a bit of whiplash to where I felt like I missed something. I liked them together, I just wish we had seen more of it, especially when it got around to Ben having to be there for Stan in a big way. Since I didn't see too much of a connection between them up until that point it kind of took the emotions out of the second half of the story.

    Near the end it got to the point where I felt like we were more

    how Stan struggled rather than shown. I wanted to see that pain and how he started to grow from it rather than be told that it was happening.

    Bottom line, I was very intrigued by this story and I'm glad I gave it a chance. Even though I had my issues with the characters I still enjoyed getting their story and it is definitely a book that I would recommend to anyone willing to try something a bit different.

  • *Lynn*
    Feb 18, 2017

    Stan.... my poor sweet impossible boy, Stan. I just adored him. He was just so damn sweet! I loved his strength. I am awed by his 'give no shits' when it comes to what people might think about his appearance. He's gorgeous and people can't help but stare at his beauty. Including, Ben. Ben is all heart. I cannot express how much I wish there were more guys (just people) like him. He doesn't see Stan as a girl or a boy. He just see's Stan. A beautiful person who he

    Stan.... my poor sweet impossible boy, Stan. I just adored him. He was just so damn sweet! I loved his strength. I am awed by his 'give no shits' when it comes to what people might think about his appearance. He's gorgeous and people can't help but stare at his beauty. Including, Ben. Ben is all heart. I cannot express how much I wish there were more guys (just people) like him. He doesn't see Stan as a girl or a boy. He just see's Stan. A beautiful person who he accepts with all his flaws included. He doesn't even blink an eye at Stan's confession of being anorexic. He accepts it and they continue on. They are a true definition of what it is to be in love which they show with the simplicity of their relationship. I loved how normal it was. They snuggle, talk, and watch TV. They hang out with their friends. They laugh, love, and live. Even when tragic strikes you never feel the love between these men falter. The love just grows stronger.

    Tone.. I would read this mans book. MF, bring it on. I fucking

    him. He was by far one of the best side characters in a book I have read this year. His relationship with Stan was fucking precious. Stan needed a friend like him. He says and does things that makes others cringe but entertains Stan to no end. He's just a big old teddy bear and I adored him. <3

    Although this book is surrounded by this romance, it also deals with some heavy issues of body image and eating disorders. It doesn't make the book feel heavy though. There is no angst and no real drama. Just a lovely story of how two people fell in love.

    I highly recommend this one. It will for sure steal hearts like it did mine. <3

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    Jan 26, 2017

    That's the best descriptor I can come up with for

    . There are no dramatics or angst. I literally just floated through it with the stupidest grin on my face.

    Stanislav, born in Russia, quickly discovered his love for fashion and made a name for himself, has worked all over the world from New York to Milan and is now in London. Stan is beautiful. Not just regular beautiful but the drop dead gorgeous kind. He could've been a model, but instead has committed to fashion journal

    That's the best descriptor I can come up with for

    . There are no dramatics or angst. I literally just floated through it with the stupidest grin on my face.

    Stanislav, born in Russia, quickly discovered his love for fashion and made a name for himself, has worked all over the world from New York to Milan and is now in London. Stan is beautiful. Not just regular beautiful but the drop dead gorgeous kind. He could've been a model, but instead has committed to fashion journalism.

    In part one he meets Ben- part time bartender, tutor and lead guitarist for Ares, an indie band.

    Their relationship evolves in the most natural and authentic ways, making it a joy to read. It's the simple things that make me happy. I like tactile couples, demonstrative couples, couples who don't hide how much they

    to be together because they like the other person.

    I watched them fall in love through Martin's narrative and it was beautiful and pure and simple in all the best ways.

    Part two gets a little grittier giving weight to their relationship when they come face to face with Stan's mental illness. I really have to hand it to Martin because ordinarily this book would not have worked for me because it contains mental health issues, rock stars and gives a lot of sartorial details all of which I

    either avoid or get fussy over.

    Let me give a little more explanation on why these 3 things worked for me.

    I usually avoid because day job. But Martin handled Stan's condition well as far as treatment and exposition go but also, how it makes he and Ben so perfect for each other. Their characterizations are strong yet subtle and as the narrative evolves it becomes clearer just how protective and possessive Ben is without being an alphahole. That it's part of his personality and therefore isn't likely to change which is good because Stan's

    going to have this illness. And there will be times when he needs help, needs something to fight for, someone to fight for and that's ok because not only is he Ben's person but he's seamlessly incorporated into the merry band of misfit indie rockers, so he not only gains a partner but a family.

    I also LOVED that there was never any doubt that they would make accommodations and adjustments for each other forever.

    Meh. It's just not my gig. I think what worked for me here was there was less concerts and more back of the house rehearsals, creating music and band shenanigans. I also loved loved loved Tone! Tone is the jam. Everyone needs a Tone.

    Too much outfitting normally has me skimming, but Stan's outward appearance gives insight into his gender fluidity that day so it's an important part of who he is and his characterization. I have to say

    is the only other author that explains gender issues not only this well but also without becoming didactic.

    The sex is more intimate than explicit but Stan did don a pair of panties once *pupils dilate* and there's a size difference between them *squeaks* and Stan tends to be vocal. *growls* So... I ain't mad at it!

    Also, it ends. I didn't want it to. I would not be upset were there to be a sequel. At all.

    Recommend to all romance addicts far and wide.