Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Review: The Infinite Moment of Us

The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauren Myracle
Published: August 27, 2013
Hardcover, 316 pages
3 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

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...

I'm not going to lie, I judged this book by its cover. The stars in the night sky, the couple silhouetted kissing, everything about it screams magic! The title is beautiful and the font sprawls across the cover, enticing me in. So I took hold of this book and dived in, but right off the bat I knew it wasn't going to meet the exceptions I had put on it. The writing sounded juvenile and nothing about the plot stuck out in my mind. I don't want to sit here and beat up on this book, it's just not what I expected it to be.

Wren and Charlie are from two different worlds. Wren has a bright future ahead of her: she's been accepted to a good school, she just got a new car, and her parents will do anything for her - that is, as long s it fits into their schedule. So when Wren decides she wants to take a year off and do some community service in another country, she doesn't know how to bring it up to her parents, knowing they will disapprove. Charlie has had a rough life. Moving from foster home to foster home, he never thought he'd belong anywhere until he found his newest family. Scared to get to close though, he keeps his distance. He's noticed Wren forever and one day, she finally notices him back. Over night, suddenly, their lives collide and the summer before either of them have to make any decisions becomes the best summer either has ever had. They fall in love fast and hard, a whirlwind romance just asking for disaster. With both of them set for different paths, how will they find a way to make this love last?

If I've ever read a story of insta-love, this is the biggest one. A fleeting look across a school hallway is the beginning of something that turns into everything in a matter of days. What starts out as sweet observations between them quickly becomes R rated when there is mention of things stirring. Their sweet kisses quickly become making out in the backseat of a car. It was only a matter of time before their relationship went full spin and the author didn't leave anything out. The story itself is reminiscent of The Notebook, a crazy fast love story that seems like it may not have a happy ending. Unfortunately, I was much more drawn towards Allie and Noah than Wren and Charlie, but I still read the whole thing through and the ending was satisfiying. It was an easy read, and there were quiet moments where I smiled. A nice read that I'm sure many will enjoy more than I did. 

“He leaned in and kissed her, because now that he knew he could, he planned on kissing her every chance he got.” 

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