Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ARC Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
336 Pages

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.

Such a pretty cover... I wanted to really like this one, and for a bit, I thought that I would fall head over heels in love with it. I was ‘oohing’ and ‘awwwing’ pretty much through the first few chapters. Then somewhere, about halfway through it, I realized we were just going to have a ‘like’ relationship. 

Feelings are like three-year-olds. They’re not rational. They’re just there.

The Infinite Moment of Us is the love story of Wren and Charlie. Wren is an only child who comes from a life of privilege and overbearing parents who have her entire life planned out Charlie lives with his foster family and works hard for everything. He has a past and it’s not pretty. Perfect and imperfect. They both feel as if something is missing in their lives, and then they find each other.
In the beginning, I liked Wren. I liked that she knew she wanted something more, that she didn’t want this cookie cutter life that her parents wanted for her. She wanted to do something on her own. But as the story progressed, Wren didn’t. She remained extremely immature. In fact, I felt like she digressed back to all the stereotypes she was trying to rebel against. And God was she needy. For someone who wanted to be independent, she complained an awful lot about Charlie not being there or wanting her every moment of the day. 

Charlie, on the other hand, I loved. He was the shining beacon of this story. His character was so much more realistic than Wren and I felt his emotions so much more. Being a female writer, she certainly tapped in to the male perspective very well. He loved his family and he loved Wren and he felt torn about where his loyalties lie. He generally didn’t want to let anyone down. Even his psycho ex. He wore his heart on his sleeve and I just wanted to hug him. A strong character that made mistakes and owned up to them. 

I enjoyed the writing style of the author, especially her male POV’s. This was a nice love story about two different people coming together and figuring out how to grow. I liked that it shined light on the difficulty of falling in love with someone right before going off to college and the challenges you face when you don’t want to leave that person. What I didn’t like was the excessive drama that filtered throughout. The blatant lies, the drunken phone calls – these were to be expected, although not new and very predictable. What I could have done without was the confrontation toward the end with Charlie’s ex. What started out as a showdown you saw coming, turned into something worthy of the OC or 90210. *cue eye roll* It wasn’t needed and took me out of the moment. 

Also, one other thing that bothered me. This didn’t feel like a YA. I think it should be classified as NA. The sex was a little too graphic for YA. All in all, a nice story, even if it’s a little frustrating at times. A good telling of first love and I would like to read more from this author.
I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment :

  1. The cover is so pretty, I never expected it to have so much drama!


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