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The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

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The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us
by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us

By: Lauren Myracle

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Rating: 3 stars

Summary: For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now… not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them…

Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.


Review: 2 for first half & 4 for latter half – It started out rough but ended up being one of those books that you stepped back and think, “Hey, it’s actually pretty good.”

I wasn’t crazy about the book at first because Wren and Charlie were your typical, cliche characters – nothing special. I didn’t care for Wren in any way, and even though I totally understand what she’s going through, the way she was portrayed made meunsympathetic to her case. And I think Myracle tried way too hard to make Charlie a classic mess, but I did feel some of Charlie’s thoughts didn’t feel as if they came from a guy – whether Myracle tried too hard to make him sound like a guy (i.e. regarding sex) or if he made him overly sappy.

And the insta-love? It didn’t work. I think either 1) Myracle write in that one of them was new to town or 2) introduce us way in advance that they had longtime crushes on each other or 3) make it like the “you’ve been in front of me the whole time and I’m just now noticing what I’ve been missing this whole time” scenario or 4) force them together through a class, a project or even work where they can start liking each other and building on that. The way it was written in this book just felt too abrupt and unreal – you know, with “the look” and then they fall in love. No.

I think a lot of people are going to be turned off by the intensity of their relationship and even the sex. I mean, their “love” came to the point of neediness and obsession. And once they passed the first time, it was like they couldn’t keep their hands off of each other. Yes, I know some people are going to roll their eyes or be offended. Well, that is the reality these days, and I think Myracle really captured it well. Think back to your high school days. There were couples like Charlie and Wren whose world revolved around each other, and all they could think about was being together. Young love for you. I’m not saying this is all couples, but the reality is, their relationship (sans foster care and ex-drama) is pretty realist for some. And I truly felt Myracle captured that quite well, regardless whether or not we approve.

All in all, this book wasn’t bad. I really do think that Myracle could have done a few things differently to make the book start as strong as it ended. But I really do think it puts a lot into perspective regarding young love.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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