The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Posted February 23, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren MyracleThe Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Published by Amulet Books on August 27th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 316
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars

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.

Main Points
Writing Style:
I liked the writing! I especially liked the alternating POV in each chapter. I feel like it added A LOT to the story.
Plot:
This book was really sweet and the romance was almost perfect. The plot was also super realistic. One of the biggest questions in a teenager’s life after high school is what to do next, and often how to incorporate a romance into the next phase of life is an issue. 
This book is really about finding a soulmate, and it captured all the feelings and problems associated with this perfectly, in my opinion. It was almost a cheesy sort of romance, but that kind of made it a fun read.
The problems with Starrla, Charlie’s needy ex, were also not very unusual, but they certainly made things dramatic and interesting.
Concerning Wren: I liked her, but I had a few issues with her. She reminds me a bit of myself. Her situation is not common at all, so I was happy to see that in literature- by her situation, I mean she’s a very good student, doesn’t party or have boyfriends, always tries to please her parents who keep her on a very short leash. No mind of her own, until now.
As a person, she lacked a lot of self-confidence. That was her main issue. And she let things get to her too much, and when she knew she was overreacting or being unfair, she still couldn’t stop. But at the same time I admired her for charting her own path.
As for Charlie, I really couldn’t find anything wrong with him. He wasn’t perfect, of course, but I feel like he always made good decisions in the end.
The ending…could have gone a few ways, and either would have been fine with me, but I did like the way it went. I think it was the best possible option, although it ended sort of abruptly. 
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • plot
  • characters
  • writing
  • ending
  • romance
Less than perfect:
  • kind of cheesy? in premise
Bottom Line
This book was a really fun, mostly light read. It was dramatic and sweet and the romance was perfect. The plot may not have been the most original but it was certainly enjoyable. I loved it. It captured my attention. Would I read more by this author? Yes. Would I recommend this to others? Yes!
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About Lauren Myracle

auren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA’s “Best Books for Young Adults” for the year 2004. It was named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten Youth Romances” of the year, as well as one of the “Top Ten Books by New Writers.” Her middle-grade novel, Eleven, came out 2004, followed by its YA sequels (Twelve, Thirteen, Thirteen Plus One) .

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Romance
four-half-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Ending
five-stars
Overall: four-stars
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