Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
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.


Publishes in US: August 20th 2013 by Amulet Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Series? no.

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    The dual narrative worked out well, although it took me quite a bit to get used to the third person point of view. I wish that I could've been 1st person, so I felt even more connected and in their heads. I still got a good impression of who Wren and Charlie were and what they were thinking and feelings as well as their motivations, and eventually it became flowing and flawless so that I didn't notice it wasn't in 1st.
    At its roots, The Infinite Moment of Us is a story about acceptance, and it has an awesome romance, and friendships featured as well. I like Wren and Tessa together, they are different enough but share enough of the similarities that their friendship feels authentic. 
    The story is multi-layered because Wren is finally figuring out what she wants to do with her life and who she is outside of her parent's expectations and high pressure for her to follow the plan they think is best for her. It is a dysfunctional relationship, and I went through the story hoping they would open their eyes to the strong and brave young woman that Wren turned out to be. 
     Charlie is so well written and being in his head was a joy. Although he has a really rough past, he is now in a supportive and loving foster home with a foster brother that feels closer than blood could be. I love his protectiveness and gentle but teasing nature with his brother Dev, and it was a high spot of the story for me. 
     Speaking of high spots, the chemistry between Charlie and Wren is awesome, and it was great watching their souls collide and getting closer to each other while discovering with the other's help just who they are inside and how they should be valued and viewed. There is sex in the story, but it isn't there just to be there, it has a deeper purpose, bringing them intimately together and it shows they are realistic teenagers in love, and driven by raging hormones. 
    I think though that it addresses something that I don't come across more often, having heart to heart conversations about hurt feelings and when silence hurts. 
     The ending is perfect, wrapping things up and leaving things just open enough that I can picture their future--they are on the edge of something huge and I think that knowing the exact path they took would have taken away from things for me. 

Bottom Line: Well written and addictive love story.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Did your parents have high expectations for you? How did you feel about the expectations they had?
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  1. I'm so excited to read these! I've had my eye on it for ages and I'm glad the ending is a nice open one rather than a cliffhanger that'd leave me like this: O.O haha.

    As for my parents: they've always been really cool. They have high expectations but not in a way where it puts pressure on me. It's not like they expected me to get perfect grades, but more like they had faith that I was capable of it, you know?

    They've always been really supportive and just generally awesome. I'm quite lucky (not that I'd tell them that :P)

    - Allie x (Little Birdie Books)

  2. Hmm, because of the third person point of view I'm not sure this is one for me. Still, never say never, as you rightfully say this is something that you can get used to. Great review, thanks.

  3. I have been really curious about his one. Sounds like one that I should really pick it up. Great review.

  4. I have this one on my list. As soon as I finish the other 15 boos I have on Kindle, I'll read this one.

  5. This book sounds lovely. I am glad you enjoyed it. I am not sure that I have heard of this book before now. I am glad you put it on my radar.

    Great review.

  6. This sounds really good! As for the question, my parents never really had high expectations. They just believed in me. :)

  7. They always say, "just do your best" and lately, I've found myself saying the exact same thing to my kids. What else can we say, right?

    I'm dying to read this book and I'm glad you enjoyed it quite immensely.

  8. So glad you enjoyed the book, it sounds like a wonderful, coming of age sort of book. The dual points of view sounds interesting, and Wren and Charlie sound like realistic teenagers- which I like. Thanks for sharing(:

  9. This sounds like a great coming of age book without too much drama. I love the focus on friendships and talking over things. Yes, my parents had very high expectations for me and I worked my tail off!

  10. I enjoyed the ending as well, I thought it was perfect. I thought the chemistry between the two characters was awesome too!

  11. I had considered this one but thought there would be too much drama. It actually sounds pretty good. I'm going to have to check this one out.

  12. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, and I adore the fact that there was an emphasis on talking things out. Not enough YA books mention it at all, so it's a refreshing change to see that.

    I think all parents have expectations for their kids. My parents have always had high expectations for me, and in turn I have high expectations for my kids. But I try to make sure they know that I love them no matter what.

    Laureen @ Ms. Bibliophile.

  13. This sounds like a warm and fuzzy romances despite the pov and don't we all need more messages about acceptance. Wonderful review Brandi :)

  14. Love when the characters have great chemistry. This ones scares me a bit cuz it seems emotional.

  15. Charlie sounds like a great character :) Great review, I've been seeing a lot of this book.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  16. I love Lauren Myracle and really want to read this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much, it's already on my wishlist!

  17. "At its roots, The Infinite Moment of Us is a story about acceptance, and it has an awesome romance, and friendships featured as well." I am completely sold! I am a sucker for stories like this one, and I am excited to meet Charlie and Wren. I'm so glad the romance was great and realistic. And that this was wrapped up nicely. I'm looking forward to checking this one out. It sounds fabulous! I'm glad you enjoyed this, Brandi! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  18. Thanks for sharing why you found this an addictive love story! I think I'll enjoy the character development - adding this to my wishlist now :)

  19. I've seen some good things about this one! The chemistry sounds great and I love great endings!

  20. Yay! Glad to hear this was a hit with you and there is great chemistry between Wren and Charlie. I'm definitely adding this to my TBR. Lovely review!

  21. I feel so stupid for not requesting this book at NG. It sounds like a great read and I'm so happy you enjoyed it. great review :)

  22. I've been hearing a lot about this book and I think I'm definitely going to give it a read. I always appreciate books that present a realistic view of intimacy.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  23. Aw, glad you loved this book :) I do think it sounds sweet, but think it might be a bit too much drama for me. But so happy you enjoyed it :) Thank you for sharing <3
    Thank you for commenting on my blog. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

  24. it sounds like a nice one and I don't think I know this one but I like the sound of it.

  25. This sounds like the most adorable story :3 Will definitely be adding this to my wishlist! Great review :)

    Laura @ What's Hot?

  26. I really enjoyed this story, too Brandi. I thought sex was dealt with in an appropriate way and felt realistic for the character's ages, as well. Wonderful review. :)

  27. My parents had ridiculously high expectations. I kinda got used to it though.

  28. I'm really excited to check this out-I like Myracle's writing and though I've seen a lot of mixed reviews, I'm hopeful I'll be on the positive side when I do read it.

  29. Yay! I wanted to read The Infinite Moment of Us for a while and I tried to read another one of Myracle's other books but couldn't connect, but I wanted to try again especially after I've been hearing such good stuff.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books


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