August 17, 2013
Title: The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauren Myracle ♥ @LaurenMyracle
Published: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Abrams/Amulet Books
Source: Net Galley
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Average Goodreads Rating (as of 08/16/2013): 3.27
- Christina thought this title was… sadly underwhelming. I hate when pretty covers & swoon-promising summaries build up my expectations only for the book to let me down.
**Special Note:** An e-ARC of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review an any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this galley and not from the published version.
Initial Thoughts and Rating: Why don’t I love this book as much as I love the cover?! Fooled again. Actual rating of 2.5 stars! I really wanted to love this book, but the only reason this is getting rated the half star is because I loved Charlie.
The Lowdown: Wren Gray is an only child and hellbent on living her own life, one free from her parents. It’s not that they don’t love her, but possibly that they love her too much. They love her so much that they’ve planned her life, kept her sheltered, and have basically made themselves an extension of herself. While she understands she’s lucky to have parents that care so deeply, she also knows that they’re suffocating her and she can’t take it anymore. But now that she’s eighteen and recently graduated, she decides she’s finally going to take over the reins of control- see who she wants, go where she wants, live the way that she wants to live. All that includes falling in love with her first boyfriend ever, ditching the prestigious Emory doctorate program and instead helping teach underprivileged kids in Guatemala with Project Unity, and finally breaking out of her shell and figuring out exactly who she is.
But with first relationships and freedom come responsibilities and lessons– some hard to learn, others too easy to fall into– and out of all that comes impossible complications. Through dual POV’s, we follow Wren and Charlie as they try to navigate a new and simple, yet wholly complex relationship and their unimaginable, yet easily attainable future.
My Thoughts: I’ll just get this first part out of the way. Charlie, yeah, I loved this boy. Even with his troubled past and despite his sometimes terrible decision-making and lies, I wanted to squeeze the stuffin’ out of him and just… love him. Aside from his “brother,” Dev, he was my favorite character of the book. I loved being in his head because he felt the most real, which is a great testament to Myracle’s writing because I usually find males written by females to be lacking in their “three-dimensional-ness”. They usually come out portrayed as a flowery guy who has a male body, but not a male “voice.” (God, I’m rambling, sorry. Basically, I’m just trying to say he thought like a guy, talked like a guy, acted like a guy. Not thought, talked, acted like a girl thinks a guy does. I digress…) Though I never quite understood the story behind how he first came to love Wren, I never doubted for a second his sincerity in his feelings. It was easy for me to believe he knew what he felt; and his thoughts, spoken words, and feelings all felt very organic and tangible to me. I believed in his love, in him.
Now Wren… This girl. She was a whole other story. I was always under the impression that she hated be categorized by her peers as acting like an “only.” But to me, she adopted every single one of those only child stereotypical ways in the book. I thought she was a selfish brat who threw a toddler-like tantrum every single time something didn’t go her way and, to be honest, I disliked her. I didn’t enjoy being in her head– which often read as off-the-wall crazy nonsense– and I didn’t think she deserved Charlie.
Now, put both of them together, and I didn’t like that either. I get that they’re young and new to love, and perhaps I’m getting jaded in my twenty-seven-year-old age (HA.), but I expected them to be more grown up. There was a lot (SERIOUSLY. A LOT for a YA novel.) of sex in this book, and they handled that like two perfectly capable semi-adult kids should, so why was there a breakdown of childish decisions and behavior in other scenarios?
Lastly, when everything was heightened and that pivotal moment came to fruition that caused the major riff between our two MC’s, I literally rolled my eyes. Even though I hated the ex-girlfriend and her “ghetto speak” with a fiery passion, her role in their breakup almost caused me to strain an eyeball I rolled my eyes so hard. It was way too over-the-top and I don’t even really want to touch on it besides saying it felt like a big ‘ole theatrical scene that was more laughable than heartbreaking. So yeah…
Verdict: I guess the only way I could recommend this book to anyone is for two reasons. One, it’s sex-positive in a young adult book and they’re very safe about it, which made me super happy. I think it’s stupid that sex isn’t in a lot of more young adult books because if teens are having sex (AND TRUST ME, PEOPLE, THEY ARE!), then they can certainly read about it in books and learn about the need to protect themselves. It can be a useful tool, just saying. Two, you get a great guy POV and Charlie was swoony and sweet… when he wasn’t being a stupid ass.
Lastly, I feel like I should tell about how aggravated I was with the ending… or lack of one. It left off in a place that frustrated me because although we have a general idea of where the relationship is headed, it would have been nice to have a little more definitive clarity in the case of these two. I felt like I needed it after their feelings had been dragged through the mud that last portion of the book; it’s only fair.
♥ A very special thanks to Abrams and Net Galley for allowing me to preview a galley of this title.