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Posted August 26, 2013
Title : The Infinite Moment of Us
Author : Lauren Myracle
Genre : YA Contemporary
Published Date : August 27th, 2013
Publisher : Amulet Books
Pages : 336
Source : Publisher, in exchange for an honest review
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I really tried to like this book. I did. Actually I went into it thinking that I would love it because I loved the authors Internet Girls series when I was younger and was anticipating a new book from her. Unfortunately this book turned out to be a huge disappointment.
"Charlie's heart told him that Wren was still Wren, that he still loved her, and he would always love her. If she would have him, he would have her - forever."
— Charlie Parker
In this Contemporary Romance by Lauren Myracle, recent high school graduates Wren Gray and Charlie Parker quickly fall for one another, the though never talking much before hand even though they went to the same school, and explore their love and future in the summer between high school and college.
Honestly, I think this story could have been formed so much better. It spent way to much time focusing on the wrong things. I would have liked to see them get to know each. If this is supposed to be “true love” I want to know WHAT makes them so compatible but I just didn’t get that.
Another theme that bothered me was that people, boy or girl, could fix each other. What I'm saying is, both Wren and Charlie are a little broken for very different reasons and then once they are together they expect for everything to be okay, but It just doesn't work like that. In my opinion you have to love yourself before you can love someone else, and you can support and help someone but they have to face their OWN demons before they can be apart of a health relationship. And I thing its dangerous to say otherwise, especially in a Young Adult book.
Don't get me wrong I like Lauren Mryracle and have nothing against her but this.... It's not even that the writing was overly bad. The problem was the message that it sent out. I found the characters, especially Wren, to be selfish and overall bad for each other. Yet the author was constantly tell the readers how wonderful they and their relationship is. And trying to make it so emotional and deep. When it just wasn't. Honestly I found it to be a little obnoxious.
God there were times when I really hated Wren. And just when I started to feel for, with all the pressure that was put on her by her parents and how she felt like she had no choices and had to be perfect. I started to like her a little. Then she had to go and ruin it.
I mean the girl didn't want her boyfriend to go help his foster parents and little brother (who is in a wheelchair by the way) when he got sick or was in the hospital. What a horrible, awful, self-cantered person. Then tried to justify her jealousy by say that she felt like Charlie is choosing them over her. REALLY? You know most normal people would think having a sense of loyalty to family is a good thing. Not to her apparently.
And then there's Charlie. I didn't really like him all that much either. But compared to Wren? He was a lot better. I'd say his biggest fault was falling in love with Wren. I mean why. Just why?
I couldn't really understand what they loved so much about each other. It was very much an insta-love, which I cannot stand. Yes, we were TOLD that they were smart, even though I did not see them make very intelligent decisions. They are supposedly kind, and again no prof, more so in Wren's case.
The only time I wasn't annoyed with them was when I felt bad for them. Charlie who had a really rough childhood, so it helped understand him more and the decisions he made. And I thought the book would have been I a lot better if we'd seen Charlie take more time to accept what happened to him.
Secondary characters were...well just that secondary on there when they were need. It didn’t appear as if to much time was spent on their personalities. I liked Tessa but only because she told Wren, that she was being selfish.
Not much. Not much at all.
In my opinion Wren and Charlie's relationship wasn't sweet, or loving or any other special crap that the author tried to sell us. It was more destructive than anything.
First of all, any connection they had was mostly based off of sex. And no I am not that naive I know teenagers have sex, as an 18-year-old, I know. But I also know that is isn't healthy, mature or smart to have a relationship that is based off of sex and think its anything more than that.
And when they weren't doing it they were talking about random crap that did nothing for the story, Wren was throwing unnecessary tantrums for no reason. And instead of talking things out like a normal person she just stopped answering his texts. Not like that's immature or anything. If anything I thought that Wren made Charlie's life worse. Not better which, an idea that was constantly being shoved down my throat
I just really wanted them to break up, but we can't always get what we want.
My Final Thoughts
It was really hard for me to rate this book. It was almost a 1 star but I gave it 2 because I did not want to be harsh and there were one or two things I liked. I sure that there are people out there that will absolutely love this, and I say more power to you. However, I cannot possibly recommend it.
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Posted September 27, 2013
When I picked up this book, I honestly thought I was in for a mushy romantic story. That is not the case. Instead, this book is further than love.
Plot: Two seniors getting ready to graduate find each other in what is supposed to be the best moments of their lives. This plot starts off slow then begins to moves fast with drama in the family and drama between friends. It riled up my emotions enough to make me put the book down since so much was coming at me at one time. I didn’t particularly like the decisions the characters were making.
Love: I really think that this love is all about getting your priorities straight. You see, I’ve been in this kind of relationship. Where the guy is ALWAYS picking up after someone else’s mess. At first, it’s noble and nice, but after awhile it gets old and tiring. So being in Wren’s shoes is something familiar to me. I get her feelings. And when that guy is always going after to help someone else… well you can’t help but think what if there is something between them, it drives you crazy. Charlie is struggling as well. He wants to be with Wren but he is too soft. He can’t say no and trusts the wrong people. He has one of those moments where he has to think what HE wants to do and not what everyone else wants.
Drama/Ending: After all the crazy back and forth drama between Charlie and Wren, decisions are FINALLY made! I’m happy with the way that it ended, just not happy that I got dragged through all of the unnecessary drama had someone set their priorities straight. If you truly love someone, then you will stop letting other people control your actions.
This story is one that is not easy. The reader is faced with lots of emotional drama and decisions that in the end will affect the outcome of relationship. Lies and half-told truths do not make for a good relationship. The Infinite Moment Of Us is painful romance that must fight for its love. It all boils down to what you want. The Infinite Moment Of Us is good.
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Posted September 6, 2013
This story was a fun little escape back to childhood. I decided to preview this before giving it to my teenage niece and found myself in love with this young-adult romance.
It was easy to like Wren and the way she fell innocently and passionately in love with Charlie. This good girl has insecurities despite being beautiful, and although appears to have it all together, has to face her teenage challenges with her parents, friends and first-time love. I felt a little guilty for enjoying the passion and sex scenes of a teenage romance, but the author managed to keep it tasteful enough for a teenager, without skimping on the sexy details and sexual tension. With Charlie having a rough background and being more experienced (sexually and otherwise), I was skeptical of the characters being a good match, but found his work ethic and dedication to family balanced him out. I do wish he had been a little more protective of Wren when it came to Starla's misbehavior, but otherwise I found him worthy of Wren.
My favorite character, though, was Tessa. She was one of those friends every teenage girl should have--fun, yet sensible. She helped keep Wren from being stiff and added great energy to the story.
I'm surprised to have enjoyed story geared toward a younger crowd, but this was complex and sexy enough for this adult. I recommend it.
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Posted September 27, 2013
Posted September 7, 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.
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Posted September 2, 2013
After seeing so many mixed reviews for this book, I definitely went in with some hesitation. I definitely didn't love this one, but I didn't hate it either. In fact, I really am rather middle of the road about it.
Let me start off by saying that the book had a rather slow start. The first 25-30 pages of a book are so important because if it doesn't start out strong or engage the readers, you're going to lose them. Once I got past that point, I found myself more engaged than I was- but still not to the point where I'd have a hard time putting it down.
I think this book had A LOT of potential as a great transition, coming of age story. Wren, our main character, is just finishing up high school and is planning on taking the next step in her life's journey. All her life she has been the good girl- always doing what her parents asked, staying on top of her grades, forsaking the opposite sex. They have her future mapped out- she has earned a merit scholarship and early acceptance to Emory University. Her parents are above the moon about this. However, Wren doesn't feel half as elated as they do about it. In fact, Wren actually has other plans in store for what comes next. You really wanted to dislike Wren's parents, because they were a bit overbearing and controlling. Wren is at a crossroads in her life and this is when she should have the freedom to branch out and make discoveries and mistakes on her own. While her parents don't have to agree with her route, I wish they would have been more supportive of her choices.
However, I feel like that is a minor storyline to the major one- which seems to be Wren and Charlie's relationship with one another. I love a good romance, don't get me wrong, but I feel like theirs overpowered some really awesome side storylines that I would have preferred to be more centralized. I feel like Charlie's past and his foster situations were really glossed over and I personally felt it should have played a larger role because of how much it defined him and really showed us the type of person he was. It also really explained why he was so reluctant to cut Starrla loose- he could identify with her on a level Wren couldn't understand because he refused to discuss it with her. Naturally, she would be hurt after realizing he had run to Starrla's aid because she 'needed' him. I also would have liked to see some more development with Charlie's current foster situation. Again, both of these situations are discussed, just not to the extent that I would have liked.
Charlie and Wren's relationship is really the driving force in this book. I liked both of their characters, but I didn't feel a connection to them. They were rather awkward together and their conversations were very strange. (Nothing like I would picture two high school graduates to be) I didn't see them connecting on that emotional level, either. Wren is such a naïve, innocent character who is learning what it's like to have these feelings for a boy for the first time and I found her fits of jealousy to be a bit out of character for her. I can see her being hurt by some his actions, but to flat out refuse to answer his calls or texts irritated me a bit, though it did give me a good idea as to her maturity level. It's almost as if she had all these preconceived notions of how a relationship should function. Now, I definitely can relate to her feelings on Starrla. Charlie was not Starrla's boyfriend and had no obligations to her. If Starrla's intentions weren't purely selfish and for her own gain, I would have no problem with Charlie running to help a friend in need. Yet, that wasn't the case, and leaving Wren to feel self-conscious and insecure for another girl wasn't right.
A disclaimer: There is sex in this novel and it is more graphic than most YA novels. There is no fade to black scenes. However, I believe Lauren handled it in a very realistic manner (save for one thing) and I liked that. Wren is on the pill and asks Charlie to get tested beforehand. (She didn't want to have to use a condom. Now, this I don't particularly agree with.) Both Wren and Charlie are 18, so they are technically adults. Lauren doesn't pretty it up and she really hits the nail on the head as to how awkward the first time is. Being in Wren's head was almost funny, because she was literally torn: her body felt pleasure, but her mind was so afraid that she was doing it wrong. She was embarrassed at the noises he elicited from her, but she knew she loved him and that this was connecting them in a way no like any other. I do think this should be classified as Upper YA and I am glad Lauren started the book with a disclaimer.
I also enjoyed Tessa and P.G's characters. Tessa is Wren's best friend, and in the beginning she seemed like that popular, flighty girl- she actually had quite a bit of depth to her and really cared about her best friend. She wanted her to be happy and would make her talk out things even when Wren didn't want to. P.G. is Tessa's boyfriend and even though he's really a side character, I still respected him for treating the girls like they should be treated.
Now, I hated Starrla's character. She and Charlie have a past and even though they are not together and never technically were, Starrla does not want him with anyone else either. She is petty, self-centered, and manipulative. She uses her past with Charlie to get him to come running to her aid at even a moment's notice. Yes, she's had a difficult life, but it isn't Charlie's job to save her either. When he got involved with Wren, he should have cut all ties to her. Yet, the second she cries for help and tells him he's the only one who ever gave a damn about her, he can't help but let himself fall back into her grasp. Not to mention- if I were a guy, and some girl was leaving hateful notes on my girlfriend's car, I would have been pissed! Yet, Charlie does nothing! Grrrr.
Again, I didn't hate nor love this book. It was quite mediocre for me, which is a shame because I saw so much potential in it. I would have loved to see more of both Charlie and Wren's internal struggles with what they wanted in life and overcoming obstacles such as his past and her family. I also wasn't a fan of the ending. It was a bit abrupt and while I don't want to give anything away, I just didn't feel it was realistic for two 18 year olds who are just finding their way in the world (especially of one who wants to live her life free from her controlling parents, seeking out her own independence.) Charlie and Wren's transition from high school to that next vital step in their lives is one of co-dependency and I just couldn't get on board with that, especially at that age.
*Received an ARC of this book from Lit Lushes ARC Tours
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Posted February 22, 2014
I really did not like the story. At first, it was good, but towards the middle, it started going down hill. At first, it was like a lovey-dovey romance between Wren and Charlie, then suddenly it wasn't. The book was weird after they did it for the first time. After their first time it was all about the sex, and it wasn't romantic anymore. Charlie seemed to be a good guy, Wren was selfish and stupid. Starrla is stupid too. Otherwise, the writing was good, just, without all the sex, it would have been better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2014
The cover is beautiful...that's about it. The story is bland. Wren is slightly annoying, but then again all the characters were. The plot is too sporadic (spoiler: a character slices her neck...). And, I don't know if the author was tying to make the story more relatable, but the diction that was used was awful. If I had to hear about how hard Wren's nipples got one more time, I would've burned the book (metaphorically as it was an ebook). I really wanted to like this story--I read it in one sitting hoping that it would get better, but it was so awkwardly and underdeveloped written thinking about it makes me cringe. The love story relied on so much cliche to the point that it was almost obnoxious. I thought Wren was supposed to be intellectual and non-judgmental, that's how she is portrayed in the novel's opening pages, but she's selfish, bratty, and her calling her poorer boyfriend's phone "ghetto" seemed incredibly out of place. Her depiction was insulting...a female writer should portray women better. It seemed like all they did was squeal and cry. The conflict with in the relationship was amazingly shallow---to the point that I wanted to stab Wren myself. I spent most of my time questioning what Wren was getting upset about, why the characters were so immature and cartoonish. Also, the ending was too abrupt, in my opinion. It almost got sloppy and lazy. I still like the cover, it's beautiful...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2014
I really wanted to like this book. I read it quickly but I think I was just reading in hopes that it would eventually get better. Now that I'm done with it, I can't help but feel that it was incredibly under developed. The characters weren't real enough,. The drama, the relationships, the situations- nothing felt totally genuine or real. And I didn't love that it was in third person. The story was enjoyable enough that I finished and decided to give it two stars. Mostly it just seemed like a dull plot that revolved around some sex scenes...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2014
I absolutely loved this book. It such a real book, the characters face real problems that are relateable. Wren and Charlie's love is so beautiful. Its so adorable how protective everyone is of Wren.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2013
Posted December 7, 2013
This book was truly amazing. I thought it was going to be just some normal old sappy teenage love story but it's just so much more. <3Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 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.
Posted October 17, 2013
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