ARC Review: The Infinite Moment of Us

August 13, 2013 Review 51 ★★★½

ARC Review: The Infinite Moment of Us
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
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Publisher: Amulet
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 336
Release Date: August 20th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
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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?

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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

alise

My feelings about THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US are so conflicted. On one hand, it is an excellent contemporary novel about love, but on the other it is a mature romance with unnecessary drama.

Wren has always made her decisions in favor of what her parents wanted for her and Charlie has had a hard go at life so far. When the two collide, it seems like it meant to be, but they only have one summer together before Wren leaves the country and they part ways.

The cast of characters had to be the best part, Myracle can write such a wide variety of personalities and I loved every single one of them.

Wren and Charlie will make you remember your first love all over again, and the story will definitely make you smile. If the novel was just about Wren and Charlie’s romance and their lives as they grow out of adolescence, I would have given this a perfect 5/5. However, there were some things thrown in just to make things more dramatic, one was in the form of Charlie’s seriously messed up ex-girlfriend.

Lauren Myracle has a content warning at the beginning of the book and I find it absolutely necessary, the content in this one is nothing I have ever seen in a YA book so far, and would be considered more New Adult. If that does not bother you, then you will love THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US. However, I can only recommend it to older teens.

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Overall: 3.5

51 Responses to “ARC Review: The Infinite Moment of Us”

  1. Tanja

    I see this book every time I log into NG. I have heard only great things about it too only I assumed it’s more YA, than NA. I’m not sure will I read it as I’m taking a break from romance drama for a while. Anyhow I’m glad you enjoyed it overall and the romance sounds amazing. Great review :)
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    • Alise

      Same, because it’s on the most requested sections :P I can understand wanting to take a break from romance, for sure. Thanks!

  2. Bookworm1858

    I’ve seen a couple of reviews mention that there’s a lot of drama in this book, which makes me nervous because I don’t tend to like super dramatic books. Still I have a copy of this and plan to at least give it a try.
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    • Alise

      Drama is alright with me as long as it isn’t unnecessary drama, you know? I am looking forward to your review, then!

  3. Eve

    I requested this on NetGalley but didn’t get approved :( I so wanted to read it! I don’t mind the more serious content and it’s nice that the author has taken the time to put the warning ( a lot don’t even bother ). I’ve read a few positive reviews and now that you’re saying that she creates diverse characters ( which is one of the most important things for me in a book ), I’m definitely going to read this!
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    • Alise

      Aw :( Yeah, the warning was nice but I still thought it was a bit much to market as YA. I love diverse characters too. Hope you like it!

    • Alise

      I would say this is a bit more explicit than Pushing the Limits and the Mara Dyer series. That cover is gorgeous, so I can’t blame you :)

  4. Heather@The Flyleaf Review

    Unnecessary drama- YES. I was not a fan of this book. I liked Charlie well enough but Wren was not a favorite of mine. I could not for the life of me understand what charlie saw in her–so I just couldn’t get behind their relationship, unfortunately. But it looks like you maybe had an easier time with this one–although yes, it’s pretty darn graphic for YA–so that’s a good thing:)

    • Alise

      It was an alright read for me. I could relate to Wren because of her parents but otherwise she was a bit hard to pin down.

  5. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    Ugh UNNECESSARY drama sucks! Why did this book had it D: First off, that cover is freaking beautiful. I think I’ll still give this one a try though. I just hope the drama won’t bother me and that the romance does justice. There are those contemporary books that have amazing romance, and there are the sucky, insta-love ones. Great review (:

    Leigh
    Little Book Star

  6. Diamond

    Like someone said above, I see this book everytime I log into netgalley, lol. For so,e reason it never really caught my eye like whoa, I gotta read this! It just sounded meh to me.
    Now that I know it’s more New Adult than YA maybe I’ll give it a shot– I mean I love YA but if it’s a love story sometimes NA is better.. *shrugs*

    Thanks for the review, Alise <3
    Dee @ Dee’s Reads
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    • Alise

      Never caught your eye-have you seen that cover?? :D Yeah I don’t always care for YA romance because it usually has insta-love…

  7. Maida

    I love contemporary books and I agree with you, sometimes I want a contemporary to be just about love, there is no need to add unnecessary drama. To bad that this one does that. But I LOVE the sound of the characters and the romance. I am very much looking forward to seeing how Wren and Charlie not only evolve as individuals but as a couple also. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Alise! Lovely review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 
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    • Alise

      Yeah, the character development was one of my favorite parts, and it was nice to see how their relationship was a stepping stone for them growing up. Thanks!

  8. Romi Foster

    Ah, I’m sorry this one wasn’t better- it’s always difficult when you don’t like a book as much as you like others, especially when the things that needed to happen/be altered to make you like it so much more are obvious. At least it was good, though- just not spectacular.
    I’ve only ever tried one piece from Lauren Myracle- her short story in Let it Snow- and I didn’t like it. I’m not particularly drawn to her other work, either, so maybe we’re just not suited.
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    • Alise

      Thanks. This was my first Myracle book too and I might try more but with lower expectations. I actually hear great things about Let it Snow but since you didn’t like it I may avoid it.

    • Alise

      *slaps* Ignore the cover!
      In all seriousness, it’s an okay book, just had a lot of mature content. So hard to categorize.

  9. Charlotte Eve

    It’s always disappointing when things are just added to the story just to add more drama to it. And really, a seriously messed up ex-girlfriend? How is she messed up? Is she just really mean or actually has some mental issues?

    I do like the sound of Wren and Charlie’s relationship. It sounds very sweet and realistic :) The only book I have read by Myracle is TTYL and wasn’t very impressed with it. But if her characters are great in this one, I will have to check this book out!

    Great review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      I honestly don’t know, I think both. Think of the craziest scorned ex-girlfriend stereotype and that’s her. She even goes so far as to physically harm others. It just seems unnecessary and unrealistic.

      I haven’t read that but isn’t it in chat form? I feel like I wouldn’t like that just for that reason.

      • Charlotte Eve

        That sounds sort of ridiculous… Why must there be so many mean (and sometimes crazy) ex-girlfriends in fction? Many of them in real life aren’t so jealous that they will go out of their way and make the girl who is dating their ex-boyfriend miserable.

        Yes, TTYL is in chat form. And that is one of its flaws, I think. Some of the chat conversations felt forced (and there are some really weird things said by one of the characters).
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