Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Won from Riffle Books (thank you!)
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...
Summary from Goodreads.This is going to be a very difficult review to write. Lauren Myracle is an author whose books I absolutely adore and as such I'll read anything she writes; when I heard about The Infinite Moment of Us, I was thrilled. And yet I have such mixed feelings about the book!
So, to start with, the good: I love how honest Myracle is. She tackles the foster system, sex, growing up, families, and other tricky business with such unflinching honesty and it is truly refreshing. Nothing is sugarcoated, but that doesn't mean the prose isn't fantastic, because it is. I read this book in one night- that hasn't happened in ages! (Of course, I got even fewer hours of sleep than I usually do, but that's the life of a bookworm.)
Wren and Charlie are such poignant characters, too. I could really relate to Wren in many ways (though my parents are fortunately much more accepting of my dreams!) and loved the dynamic with her best friend, Tessa. As for Charlie, I just wanted to give the poor guy a hug. Seriously, he has been through so much and he keeps beating up on himself! What makes the characterization so special for both Wren and Charlie is that you get to see them in their family environments which are drastically different but equally defining.
As for the romance itself, it's a whirlwind- their relationship is certainly dramatic and feels like young love from a coming-of-age movie (a lot of people have compared it to Say Anything, which I shamefully haven't seen, but I can't be held accountable since it's not on Netflix... right?). I saw that quite a few reviewers felt it was instalove (which is a HUGE pet peeve of mine), but I didn't think that once. The romance may progress quickly, but it feels established and real.
So, now onto the not-so-good: Out of all the great characters, I wish Starrla's character (Charlie's ex-girlfriend) had been handled a bit better. Some of her plot lines feel forced, especially the ending. In fact, the ending is my main qualm. It just feels so rushed and kind of rough; I reached the last line and turned the page, expecting another chapter. The rest of the pacing is perfect, too, so for the ending to be so abrupt just left me with an unpleasant feeling.
If it weren't for that, I think I would have really liked this book, too. And I still do (!), but I just can't shake that ending.
Other Books by Lauren Myracle: Shine; ttyl; Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks