The Infinite Moment of UsHardback
- Publisher: Abrams
- Format: Hardback | 316 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 33mm | 522g
- Publication date: 27 August 2013
- ISBN 10: 1419707930
- ISBN 13: 9781419707933
- Sales rank: 228,700
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. Praise for "The Infinite Moment of Us" STARRED REVIEW "The scenes of sexual intimacy are described with innocently erotic frankness, offering an ideal (if not idealized) model for readers on the cusp; this is Forever... for a new generation, offering character depth Cath and Michael never achieved. Summer love has never been so good." --"Kirkus Reviews, "starred review "In contrast to unhealthy depictions of sex and relationships that teenagers (and adults) are often exposed to in media and entertainment, Myracle offers up a passionate romance built on a bedrock of love, respect, and trust. And it's difficult to see that as a bad thing." --"Publishers Weekly ""Two mature recent high school graduates fall in love and bring out the best in each other in Lauren Myracle's thoughtful exploration of an intimate relationship...the relationship between Wren and Charlie always remains realistic and involving." --"Shelf Awareness" "This charming romance has multidimensional characters, straightforward sexuality, and a pace that lets readers fall in love with the main characters. Myracle expertly captures the intense connection of first love, from the need to spend every moment together to trying to figure out how to communicate with one another." --"School Library Journal" "The single-focus intensity of Wren and Charlie's feelings is spot-on for the age group... chapters move between both their perspectives as they grow into the relationship, offering readers of both sexes a rather compelling example of the how-to's of intimacy." --"The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books"
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Lauren Myracle is the author of the "New York Times "bestselling Internet Girls series ("ttyl, ttfn, "and "l8r, g8r"), "Shine," "Rhymes with Witches," "Bliss," and the Flower Power series, among many other books for teens and young people. She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado. Visit her online at laurenmyracle.com.
By Sarah Elizabeth 30 Jul 2013
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to ABRAMS, and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Wren has decided that instead of going straight to college after she graduates, she's going out to Guatemala to do aid work. Now she just needs to break the news to her parents.
18-year-old Charlie is going to the tech college after he graduates, and he plans to continue looking out for his younger foster brother too.
Charlie and Wren have always had feelings for one another, but finally they act upon them, and quickly fall in love.
What will happen in August though? Will Charlie follow Wren to Guatemala? Can they survive a long-distance relationship? And will Charlie's ex get in the way?
This was a good YA/NA contemporary romance, about two teens discovering each other, and exploring their sexuality.
I liked both Wren and Charlie in this story, and I liked how they both let themselves be taken outside of their comfort zone. I liked how Wren finally found the courage to stand up and say 'This isn't what I want to do.' and then found what she did want to do, and I liked how Charlie always looked out for his family, even when it didn't make him popular.
I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked how the author wasn't afraid to portray 18-year-olds who have sex. I get so sick of all the 'I'm waiting 'til I'm married' rubbish that you find in YA novels, 18-year-olds have sex in this day and age, and the fact that Wren and Charlie had sex was just realistic for me. I liked the romance in this book, it was really sweet, and the book wasn't purely about the sex.
The book that this book most reminded me of was 'Forever' by Judy Blume, which also tackled a similar subject, although I have to say that we got a much better ending in this book than in Forever.
Overall; this was a good YA/NA contemporary romance, that wasn't afraid to portray 18-year-olds having sex within a loving relationship.
7.75 out of 10.
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 22 Jul 2013
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.