The Possible

The Possible

by Tara Altebrando


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Another twisty psychological suspense from the author of The Leaving, where a teen searches for answers about her mother's dark history, telekinesis, and the power of will.

What if . . . a teenage girl could move objects with her mind?

What if . . . someone turns up at her door asking questions she doesn't want to answer?

Kaylee lives a normal life with her adoptive parents, and almost never thinks of her birth mother, Crystal, who is serving a life sentence in prison. But the woman at the front door is producing a podcast about Crystal that is about to blow Kaylee's forgotten past wide open.

What if strange things have been happening Kaylee's entire life, things she could not explain? What if she's more like her mother than she ever imagined?

What if the podcast is about to put her on a collision course with Crystal-and her darkest self?

This gripping psychological thriller from the author of The Leaving explores the strength of our minds, the power of will, and how our histories define us . . . or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681197005
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 194,723
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tara Altebrando is the author of several middle grade and teen novels, including The Leaving and Roomies, an ALA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, co-written with Sara Zarr. She lives in New York City with her family.


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The Possible 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
The Possible is a short novel, but it’s packed with intrigue. Kaylee’s birth mother, Crystal, is serving life in prison for killing her little brother. Crystal has professed to have telekinetic powers that started when she was a teenager. When Kaylee is approached by a woman doing a podcast series on Crystal’s case, she cannot resist getting involved. It opens Pandora’s box for Kaylee. Suddenly everyone things she’s a freak. People are questioning her softball pitching abilities, wondering whether she too has mind powers. I loved how contemporary this book is. The whole podcast aspect was pretty fascinating. Kaylee also had an adorable boy best friend. Not to mention the interesting popular jock love interest. This story had me wondering right along with Kaylee whether telekinesis was possible. I couldn’t put this book down, just like Tara Altebrando’s last book. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"What if life was all about letting go?" Kaylee doesn't remember much from when she was really young. She knows her biological mother is in jail but the details of her arrest for killing Kaylee's brother and the trial are memories from another life. Kaylee is happy now with her adoptive parents and her perfectly normal life. She's a rising star on the school softball team and she is working on a plan to attract the attentions of her longtime crush. Simple. Until a woman shows up at Kaylee's house wanting to interview her for a podcast investigating Crystal.The Possible podcast is going to spend a season looking into the telekinesis claims that made Crystal a media sensation as a teen, her trial after her son's death, and what she's like now in prison. Kaylee is desperate to be special. To be noticed. Being involved in the podcast seems like the perfect chance to see if maybe, just maybe, she might have some of Crystal's powers. As the podcast starts to air Kaylee gets exactly what she wants. But she does't count on the bitter taste of notoriety or the secrets that begin to surface when she looks into her own past in The Possible (2017) by Tara Altebrando. In her latest thriller Altebrando taps into the wide popularity of investigative podcasts as she and her characters ask a simple question: "What if?" Kaylee is a totally reliable narrator but she's also eager to be swept away and believe that some of the hype surrounding Crystal, and by extension herself, might be true. Kaylee is athletic, a little self-centered, and striving for that elusive better, more popular, and generally more appealing version of herself. In trying to embrace telekinetic powers and familial connections that may or may not exist Kaylee realizes that she has to let go of what she wants other people to see when they look at her and focus on being herself in whatever form that takes. The Possible is a tense, fast-paced story focusing squarely on Kaylee and the podcast. Most of the novel is narrated by Kaylee with pieces of the story being told in newspaper articles, podcast excerpts, and interview transcripts. While Kaylee reaches some conclusions for herself by the end of the story, the narrative stops short of actual answers leaving readers to decide the truth for themselves in this gripping story. Perfect for fans of psychological thrillers, true crime, and anyone who's ever asked themselves "what if . . . " Recommended. Possible Pairings: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller, Breaker by Kat Ellis, The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee, My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Soulprint by Megan Miranda, Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud, Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten *An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration* Be sure to check out my interview with Tara!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I had read The Leaving and really enjoyed it, so I was pretty excited about this book. I struggled with Kaylee right away. She's bratty and self-centered and kind of a jerk to her friends. She gets obsessed with the podcast idea and in allowing that to take over her life, she doesn't realize how she's treating people. I'm 100% on board with this attitude if there's some growth; however, by the end of the book, it didn't feel like anything had really changed. It was hard to root for her. Plot wise, I loved the synopsis. I'm all over this sort of unreliable narrator type of plot and this one sounded promising. However, as things started to unfold, it was more of a hot mess than actual, planned layers being revealed. And the constant page breaks drove me absolutely insane. I kept reading because I did want to know what happened. Yet, I could have easily set the book down, not finished, and been absolutely fine. Overall, I loved the idea, but the execution was a bit lacking. **Huge thanks to Bloomsbury for providing the arc free of charge**
tpolen More than 1 year ago
This author's previous book, The Leaving, was so compelling I immediately requested The Possible when I saw it on NetGalley. The cover is beautiful and the mention of telekinesis really caught my attention. Is Crystal's claim of telekinesis a hoax? Does Kaylee have telekinetic powers? A few twists caused me to change my mind several times throughout the book. And I loved the idea of a granny pod. Although Kaylee's best friends are likable, level-headed teens, I didn't care much for her character at all - which isn't a deal breaker for me - but I wondered why her friends stuck around. She undergoes a change by the end of the book, but for the better part of the story, I found myself searching for some characteristic to warrant the loyalty of her friends. The gradual building of the climax kept me hooked, but the events really require a heavy suspension of disbelief. The Possible didn't grab me like The Leaving, but I'd recommend this book to readers fascinated by unexplained events and the questionable effects and reliability of media coverage. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.