Title: The Infinite Moment of UsTHE INFINITE MOMENT OF US attracted me by the beautiful cover at first. When I discovered it was a contemporary YA romance I was immediately pushing request. Sign me up, this is exactly my taste!
Author: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
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THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US is a dual-perspective novel told from Wren and Charlie’s point of view. Wren and Charlie have an opportunity to connect the summer before college and spend that time slowly falling in love with each other. Charlie is a broken boy, someone who comes from a line of foster parents and a troubled past. Wren is portrayed as a perfect child with rebellious intentions. As the blurb puts it, it’s an incredible look at first loves.
For what it was, this book was good. Charlie and Wren are solid characters with developed backstory’s and believable situations. Even though I enjoyed reading about Charlie and Wren, I think Wren’s BFF, Tessa, was my ultimate favorite character. She brought the humor and tension-breaks between Charlie and Wren’s personalities, which are both a bit more serious in nature.
Because this was a dual perspective book, I thought Charlie’s and Wren’s voice and intentions were really well done. There were times where I considered that Charlie was sometimes *too* feminine, but it didn’t bother my reading experience. The only thing that did make me think some scenes were unbelievable was the over-the-top romance between these two. Charlie’s overly romantic and takes Wren on picnics with champagne and fancy appetizers and sometimes calls Wren instead of texting. I was like, don’t kiddos these days Facebook stalk people they like to learn more about them?! I thought these antics would be more believable if this book was set in, like, 2001. But there were other times when Charlie and Wren were text-frightening and having electronic miscommunications that I was like, okay well this is definitely set in present time. I just wished that part could have been a bit more balanced, because then it would have been more believable.
Because this is a romance, I thought Myracle did a fantastic job at bringing up that first love steamy, I-want-you-now tension. Let’s be real, teen’s hormones are out of control with lust at this age, especially when you find someone you really love. That part to me was realistic and portrayed really well.
There isn’t really any major plot twists or turning points, but this book doesn’t require that. It gives you this undeniable romance between to characters and provides realistic tension and problems that teenagers can relate with. I also enjoyed that the ending was very open. If you read it, you’ll know what I mean!
For fans of YA romance and first loves, THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US is for you.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review