The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an advanced reading copy for review.
3.5 stars. Wren has always done just as her parents have asked. She’s worked hard for good grades, been accepted into a good college and now she’s graduating from high school. For once, her heart’s just not in the same place as where her parents want it to be.
Charlie has a sad and troubled history but his life is better with his foster family. His life finally seems to be going somewhere. From afar, Charlie has admired Wren, her beauty and everything about her.
Now that both have graduated from high school, life seems to be changing for both of them. Wren and Charlie meet and it’s an intense and emotional experience for both of them. They want nothing more than to spend nearly every waking moment with each other.
Of course, life gets in the way at times. Wren has applied and been accepted into a Peace Corps like organization to spend a year in Guatemala, instead of enrolling at the prestigious college where both her parents both teach. Charlie is still trying to figure out his relationship with an old girlfriend who can’t seem to leave him alone. He feels emotionally obligated to respond to her calls of need.
Lauren Myracle perfectly captures how crazy first love can be as a teenager. How the whole world and relationship can seem to come crashing down when there is some miscommunication. There were moments where I was frustrated with how reactionary Wren was with Charlie and I wanted to strangle Charlie for some of his stupid mistakes. Then I reminded myself, they are the perfect examples of teenagers and how irrational teenagers can be.
Wren and Charlie’s relationship is emotionally and sexually intense. At times, the sex scenes were more than I expected for a YA novel. Myracle has pushed the envelope and I thought I was reading a steamy New Adult romance novel than a teen novel. I’m sure there will be a few upset parents whose 12-year-old daughters pick up this book at the library presenting the perfect opportunity for a serious discussion with mothers and daughters, which most likely won’t happen.
Read July 29 to August 12, 2013
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