The Infinite Moment of Us

The Infinite Moment of Us

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by Lauren Myracle
     
 

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  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?
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Overview

  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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Myracle is no stranger to having her work challenged on the basis of “inappropriate” content, and this love story between two high school graduates may attract similar attention. But underlying some explicit and erotic scenes in which Wren Gray and Charlie Parker open their bodies to each other—along with their hearts, minds, and souls—is a rewarding account of two young people whose insecurities and personal histories weigh on the romance they work to build with each other. Poised and accomplished, Wren has always done what her parents have expected of her, while Charlie is a foster child, self-conscious about his often unpleasant upbringing, but fiercely protective of his current family. Will some readers be unable to see past the sex in the book? Yes. Will they be adults? Probably. 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. Ages 14–up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Aug.)
VOYA - Rachelle David
Although this novel is about young love and its difficulties, it is in no way romantic or innocent. Instead, it is vulgar and unrealistic. The plot is not well developed and is uninspired. While the different points of view are the most interesting part of the novel, they are erratic and inconsistent. Ultimately, this reviewer would not recommend this novel to anyone, even people who prefer reading romance novels. Reviewer: Rachelle David, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Ed Goldberg
Wren Gray and Charlie Parker "connect" across the high school parking lot on the last day of class. She, a product of domineering parents, has secretly withdrawn her acceptance at Emory, where her mother works, to join Project Unity and teach English to underprivileged Guatemalan children. He is the product of multiple foster families and an unhealthy liaison with Starrla, another student. Their eyes meet once more over the field at graduation, and they finally meet at a graduation party. The attraction, both physical and emotional, is immediate, and the bond and love they form seems ideal. Wren, however, must deal with telling her parents about her change in plans and Charlie's total devotion to his disabled brother (sometimes to her exclusion), while Charlie must distance himself from Starrla, who becomes increasingly jealous and needy. In addition, the inexperienced Wren and the somewhat experienced Charlie grapple with their sexual desires and initial sexual encounter. Myracle typically breaks new ground; however, The Infinite Moment of Us is a reasonably standard coming-of-age story. Wren's and Charlie's insecurities about a new relationship and sexual desires are real; the descriptions of their sexual encounters are a little more graphic than in many books. The ancillary characters, particularly Wren's best friend, Tessa, and her boyfriend PG, are just too good to be believable. Myracle's portrayal of overbearing, domineering parents is right on point. All that aside, the name Myracle will make this book fly off the shelf. Reviewer: Ed Goldberg
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 10 Up—Wren Gray has spent her first 18 years pleasing her parents, earning perfect grades and early acceptance into the school and program her dad was hoping for, and, of course, keeping clear of boyfriends. Charlie Parker has spent his first 18 years navigating through foster homes and maintaing his position under the radar. He has loved Wren since the first time he saw her. When chance brings them together for their first conversation, it's electric, and they both know that neither one of them will ever be the same. Wren just might have the courage to look for what she wants out of life-and Charlie just might finally know what true love is. 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. The abrupt ending feels out of sync with the rest of the book, but readers should be pleased with it nonetheless. Myracle does not remove the physical aspects of two teens in love, bringing to mind Judy Blume's Forever. A romantic read that doesn't shy away from steaminess.—Emily Moore, Camden County Library System, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
A sweet and sizzling love story from Myracle. Wren and Charlie are just about to graduate from their Atlanta high school when their eyes lock and everything changes. Single-child Wren is beginning to take her first baby steps away from her loving but overprotective parents, eschewing freshman year at Emory for a gap year in Guatemala with a service organization. Foster-child Charlie is struggling to separate, too, but from a long-standing toxic relationship, not his supportive family; he's got a scholarship to Georgia Tech. Alternating chapters that move between Wren's and Charlie's third-person perspectives describe their gorgeous summer romance, capturing each as they work to define themselves as individuals and as part of a couple. Myracle applies a light touch even with heavy issues--Charlie's life has not been an easy one--allowing readers to discover the characters even as they get to know each other. She wisely restrains herself from a potentially melodramatic foreshadowed meltdown, turning what could have been a narrative disaster into another opportunity for the characters to grow. 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. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613125403
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Publication date:
08/27/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
63,455
File size:
20 MB
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Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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