Thu, August 29, 2013

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle Review

 The Infinite Moment of Us book cover

 The Infinite Moment of Us book cover

The Infinite Moment of Us
By Lauren Myracle
Publication date: Aug. 20, 2013
Amulet Books, 336 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

While The Infinite Moment of Us was not my cup of tea, I have to say: I can still really appreciate the realism of what the author did with it.

I read this book with my grown-up hat on – I was definitely under the influence of Old Lady Syndrome. I felt they fell in love too fast and too deep for their age. I wanted to be like “Wren! You have so much to experience still – do not give it all up for the moony emo boy!”

But I used to think like Wren does here when I was younger, only I learned from it. At the time, I thought that type of love was SOOOO romantic. So I can see why teens would get swept away in the story — I just had to try REALLY hard to remember that and not judge the characters too harshly.

Plus, I appreciated the author’s frank, honest take on the physical aspect of their relationship.

Ultimately, I didn’t really enjoy The Infinite Moment of Us, but I still “get” it. If that makes any sense at all…

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    It makes total sense. I think people are too quick to judge this one, simply for the insta-love-crazy-immature-reckless-emo aspect of the story. Even if I didn’t relate to that, or understand it, I don’t think it should reflect poorly on the author. I respected what Lauren Myracle did here.

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  2. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    Haha, I can totally agree with Old Lady Syndrome!! While I appreciated the fact that Infinite was very much how I was in high school (always thinking I was falling in love… It was a crush haha), it was actually kind of hard to read as an adult. I could relate to it, but that’s after years of realizing how silly I was as a teen! I didn’t quite connect with the romance either and I was hoping for just a bit more!

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  3. We Heart YA said:

    Hm, sorry to hear it wasn’t for you (although we value that you’re willing to say that!) but man that’s a gorgeous cover.

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  4. briannasoloski said:

    I totally know what you mean. I have Old Lady Syndrome with books, too.

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  5. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews of this book, but I’m still going to read it. A lot of times these romances seem way too serious way too fast, but you’re right, that’s exactly how it was. I remember having strong emotions over guys I barely even knew. I thought it was love at the time. So I’ll try to remember that when I’m reading this book and maybe I’ll enjoy it more than you did! 🙂

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  6. Kate said:

    Sorry to see you didn’t enjoy this one. I read the first three chapters at the book store this past week and then had to buy the ebook once I got home because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Hope it doesn’t go downhill from there. As an only child Wren’s character really interests me.

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