Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: 20th August 2013
Edition: e-book, review copy
Other Titles by this Author: Ttyl, Ttfn, l8r g8r, Kissing Kate, Bliss, How to Be Bad (with E Lockhart and Sarah Mlynowski), Peace, Love and Baby Ducks, Let It Snow (with John Green and Maureen Johnson), Shine and more
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 realisation: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now...not so much. Wren needs to honour 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’s greatest fiction writers.
Everything about The Infinite Moment of Us appealed to me: the title, the cover, the synopsis, Lauren Myracle’s reputation for awesomeness. And yet, I don't really know what I think about it.
At first I was struck by how distinctly I felt like I was being told a story. I wasn’t watching Charlie and Wren’s summer unfold naturally; I was being told what had happened between them that summer. Sometimes that works beautifully but this time it didn't seem to fit the story right. Luckily that feeling dissipated fairly quickly and I flew through the rest of the novel with ease. I never fell in love with though. I wanted to, I really did. We just didn’t click.
I will say that I was surprised and impressed with Lauren Myracle’s approach to Charlie and Wren’s sexual relationship. It was fairly involved for a YA novel but it was tasteful, sexy and it felt authentic. She didn't cut any corners and I loved that there was no doubt that Wren had a sexual appetite which is something that still only just making its way into awareness in YA, and literature and general.
Speaking of Wren; I really wasn’t a fan. I know that she was flawed and human and all that jazz, but man she was annoying. And rather selfish and self-absorbed at times as well. Her reactions to things where she had no idea what was really going on or the history behind the moment thoroughly irritated me. She was a brat, really. I didn’t entirely believe that her and Charlie were destined for each other and that idea was a large part of the novel.
So yeah. A mish-mash of thoughts about this one. I’m a bit disappointed as it did have some great moments and it could have been amazing.
Thanks to NetGalley and Amulet Books for the review copy.