Title: The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauren Myracle
Publication: August 27th 2013 by Amulet Books
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
"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."
First line: "It was all ending: high school."
Thoughts: Part of me wants to give this book five stars, but another part of me doesn't think it was worthy of five stars. Not yet anyway. THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US definitely proves that a lot can happen in one summer. Two months can change your life forever, especially when there's love to be discovered. First love, self discovery, independence, and more. That's what you'll find in this novel and for adult readers, you'll most likely come upon a bit of nostalgia as well.
Starting off, I must confess that I'm usually not a fan of instalove. I genuinely like to read about the build up and little sparks of connection before the couple actually gets together. In this case, though, I truly adored Wren and Charlie's relationship. While it wasn't love at first sight for Wren, it undeniably was for Charlie. Over the course of the school year, Wren focused on her school work while Charlie tried to steer clear of drama and catch glimpses of his crush. All it took was this one ironic encounter and both were head over heels for each other. The chemistry between them flew off the pages, and I found myself easily speeding through the novel. It was fan-freaking-tastic.
With all of this said, there is a part of me that wishes they were each more independent. That's not to say they weren't great together, but I couldn't help but be annoyed by Wren's neediness and (at times) lack of regard for Charlie's feelings especially when it came to his family. As someone who loves him, she should be more understanding when it came to his brother and how close he was to his adoptive parents. Charlie is a loving guy and when he decides to share that love, he can't help but be loyal and helpful. Wren's relationship with her parents should have helped her to understand this, but I guess not.
Charlie wasn't perfect either. Don't even get me started on Charlie and his destructive not so "relationship" with Starrla. We could be here for days!
Alas, with all of these feelings put aside, I do have to admit that first love can be overwhelming. Throw in an expiration date (college, life, etc), and it's beyond staggering. We all need to feel loved, and I think Wren and Charlie felt as though they only had each other. I'm really grateful Wren didn't abandon her friends, and I'm even more glad Charlie stood his ground when it came to his family. Wren did become more understanding towards the middle/end of the book, however, I still can't help but wish she had grown more as a person. Still, I just kept telling myself this book spans within the course of three months and someone can only grow so much in that short amount of time.
The ending of the book...wow. Some people will hate it (I can already tell), but I personally loved it. Although it was a bit rushed, I couldn't help but find it charming and just perfect for this novel. So many feelings, too little time.
Overall, this book is a solid four for me. I recommend it to fans of contemporary YA and contemp novels in general. Though it seems to be targeted for an older crowd, I do think some younger teens need to read it as well. After reading Myracle's letter at the beginning of the ARC, I fully understand what she means by educating teens early so they won't be shocked later. There's always meaning behind Myracle's books, and I revel in it.