Friday, August 16, 2013

Review | The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

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The Infinite Moment of Us | Lauren Myracle
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Published By: Amulet Books
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

 

What I Thought…

This book had me sucked in from the very first line.  I find myself struggling to write this review because of all the emotions I felt as I read the story of Wren and Charlie. The Infinite Moment of Us is an intoxicating story that leaves you hanging on to every word that is said between the two. And on a more personal level, this story took me back to my senior year of high school when I fell in love with the boy who would eventually become my husband.
While this book may come off as heavy in sexual content for some, I thought it was real and mostly true to the feelings most high school/college aged ‘kids’ are feeling and/or experiencing. It’s a story of self-discovery and searching for your purpose in life. Wren, who has always been sheltered and protected by her overbearing parents, is finally learning to step out on her own and chase her own dreams. Charlie, who has been tossed around, is afraid to find comfort in a real relationship, but finds that he can love and that it is okay to love and love completely and whole heartedly.
This book is full of passion and honesty, something I believe we all need a little bit more of. I loved how real it was, showing that relationships are difficult no matter where you come from or what you’ve been through. And besides Wren and Charlie, I loved Tessa, Wren’s best friend. She may have come off loud and obnoxious to some, but when she let her guard down, she became someone who spoke words of wisdom when Wren needed it most.

Perhaps is the hopeless romantic in me, but I loved the whole “home is wherever you are” idea. I truly believe that and I love that Wren and Charlie realized that as well, no matter where their lives take them.
One thing though, that ending! Oh my goodness, I didn’t want it to end! I need more of their story, I want to know what happens! Oh I hope there will be more, but if not, I will be left to imagine my own ‘ever-after’ for Charlie and Wren.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Happy reading!

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