By: Lauren Myracle
Pub. Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
I received this galley in exchange 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.
The Infinite Moment of Us is one of those books that is so raw and full of emotion that you can't help but feel everything the characters are feeling. Their life is your life, and you want nothing more than for them to be ok. The love story is sweet and realistic, which is something I always love. Some parts of their relationship definitely got intense, but their reactions were so true and real to what a teenagers reaction in real life would be.
Wren and Charlie come from two extreme backgrounds. Wren wants to please her parents, even if that means sacrificing her own happiness. Charlie has wonderful foster parents, but can't seem to get over the negative parts of his life, keeping him from fully moving on with his life. The two of them have always been aware of each other, but they never really spoke to each other until Charlie has to go to the ER after cutting himself and sees Wren, who volunteers there. I thought their first, major interaction was absolutely adorable. Charlie was so cute and had no clue what to say!
I love how the two of them really started to find themselves after getting together. It was like they needed that strength from the other person to be able to face their fears. I would have liked more of a background of Charlie though. We really only get to learn one major thing that happened and I think that alone doesn't really explain why he is the way he is. We know other things happened, but the reader doesn't get to know about them. I felt this took a lot away from the story. At least for me anyway.
My favorite character had to have been Dev! So much to say about that kid. He truly shows you how much one person can overcome. He was young, but a true inspiration.
I look forward to reading what Lauren Myracle comes up with next!