We've seen Lainey's story in The Art of Lainey, but now we'll hear Micah's tale in this digital novella from Paula Stokes.
Seventeen-year-old Micah Foster is looking forward to the return of his girlfriend, Amber. She's been away in Los Angeles recording an EP with her band, Arachne's Revenge. But when Amber returns home on the anniversary of Micah's dad's death, everything has changed. Over the next few days, as Micah tries to repair his relationship with Amber, he relives the events of the past few years and recognizes a pattern. His friends and family are right—Micah self-destructs every April. Will Amber be this year's casualty? Or can Micah escape his past in time to fix his present?
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About the Author
Paula Stokes is the author of Hidden Pieces; This Is How It Happened; Girl Against the Universe; Liars, Inc.; and The Art of Lainey. Paula lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find her online at www.authorpaulastokes.com or on Twitter and Instagram @pstokesbooks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's always hard to review a novella. And I think had I read this first I would not have enjoyed it so much. But I didn't, I read it after the first book in the series. And I think this was why I liked it even more. The book is from Lainey's POV. But this little star is from Micah's POV and it was so great to be in his head. He's broody and loyal and loving. He has so much to give and this just shows it. I loved seeing the events that lead up to the first book. How his relationship with Amber becomes such an important part of his relationship with Lainey. And I absolutely adore Micha's relationship with his sister, Trinity. They compliment each other so well. You can tell that they lean on each other and it's sweet and heart warming. She kind of mother's him a bit, but in a solidly loving way. And he needs it. It helps that Stokes has such a fabulous writing style. It flows and it's fast paced and easy to read. And while she touched on romance, it was not the center of this novella. The point of this novella was Michah figuring out what he wanted and what he needed and how he could go about getting it. There are sad parts, and sweet parts, but mostly there are parts where you see the hope in Micah, where you see him beginning to understand what he needs to feel whole. And the flashbacks to when he was younger and the events that lead him to his delinquency are really great. As a whole, I really enjoyed this novella. I would love to see more of Micah. He is such a fantastic character and not at all what he seems on the outside. This rough and tumble boy will steal your heart!
A while back, while Team Lainey was up and running, the amazing Paula Stokes ran a publicity contest--the prize being able to design characters in her next book. Stacee @ Adventures of a Book Junkee and I were both winners of the contest and so we got to design characters (both under our own names) in INFINITE REPEAT, and that's just more incentive to buy this amazing book. I loved this book. Not only did I get a better look into Micah's mind, the things he went through and how he got to the point that he did to get to THE ART OF LAINEY, but I also got a better look at Lainey and Trinity especially. INFINITE REPEAT provides an in-depth look at many of the minor characters in LAINEY and fleshes them out more, which is exactly what a novella should be. It didn't feel too short, an issue I oftentimes have with novellas. In fact, it did feel a little long, but I didn't mind that as much due to the ending finishing off pretty well. I'll be perfectly honest. There were times in THE ART OF LAINEY where I really disliked Lainey, but that was okay. It was okay because Lainey grew so much over the course of the story. In this case, it wasn't that I disliked Micah from the start, but I came to appreciate him a lot more after seeing what he went through and how he had to get over his dad's death and his own guilt. I have to say I did feel that what happened in the end with Amber was brushed over a little bit. As for Amber and the music itself, I wasn't a huge fan of Amber by the end of the story. I thought that she wasn't put in a very positive light for me by the end of the story because I understood Micah's point of view completely and their inevitable break up made sense to me, but I didn't love it because I felt like there was still more for Amber. When it comes to the music, I love the playlist for this book. Pearl Jam, The Killers, Nirvana, now that's where it's at. I think I understood a lot more about Micah and his affinity for music by the end of INFINITE REPEAT. I also really liked his descriptions of the music that Lainey eventually listens to in THE ART OF LAINEY. I've never been able to fully put into words what I love so much about music (a problem that I'm trying to fix while I'm writing my contemporary) but Stokes does it perfectly. Overall, I thought this book was an amazing companion to THE ART OF LAINEY and for anyone who loved LAINEY, I really recommend reading this awesome story. I was also really happy with my character and it was really cool to see Stacee's. 4.5 stars.