Wednesday, August 14, 2013

ARC Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauren Myracle
Publication: Amulet Books (August 20, 2013)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US was a excellent story of first love with all the glittering moments and all the heart-breaking ones too. Charlie Parker, insecure foster kid with an abusive past, has loved Wren Gray since the first moment he saw her. But it isn't until they are getting ready to graduate that Wren sees him. They meet again when Charlie comes to the Emergency Room where Wren is volunteering with a hand injury.

They begin dating and find that they have loads in common despite their different backgrounds. Wren is an only child who has grown up the focus of her parents' attention. She has finally decided that she doesn't want the path they have set for her. She wants to do something to make a difference now. She chose to sign up for Project Unity and spend a year in Guatemala teaching English. Charlie is set to attend Georgia Tech in the Fall.  Their romance seems to have a built-in expiration date.

And, while Charlie is Wren's first boyfriend, Charlie has a past relationship with Starrla. He had ended their sexual relationship a year ago but he is still available when she needs a friend. Starrla is both needy and manipulative. She doesn't want Charlie but she doesn't want anyone else to have him either. 

This story was incredibly romantic. Because the main characters are just out of high school, their romance includes sex. None of the sexual scenes are explicit but, just by being there, they make this a book for older YAs. Since my media center serves students from sixth through twelfth grades, I won't be putting this one on the shelf. I will be directing my older students to it though because it was remarkably written and realistic. The romance was touching and heart-warming. I think I fell a little in love with Charlie myself. 

Favorite Quote:
When Charlie couldn't be with her, he ached from missing her. When he was with her, he felt as if all was well with the world. He smiled without meaning to. Stroked her hair. Talked with her about friends and movies and books, and talked about how lucky they felt to have found each other. 
I got this ARC at ALA. You can buy your copy here.

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