02 December 2013

The Infinite Moment of Us; Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of UsThe Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A little more mature than earlier Myracle books like TTFN and Peace, Love and Baby Ducks, more like a Sarah Dessen or Stephanie Perkins but with sex (and sexting!).

Told over the space of one summer, this is the story of Wren and Charlie and their falling in love. We open during their last week of high school, where they know each other by sight but not more than that - but there is a connection. Through some coincidences and the help of friends, they end up together and slowly falling in love even as they know that their time together is limited before they head off to college (or Guatemala).

The starts and stops of the relationship felt real, and Myracle has a real ear for the language real teens use. It was also nice that Wren's life seemed perfect from the outside and yet was stifling, reminding readers that not every unhappy teen has to have severe trauma to live through and that sometimes, it's caring parents that are the problem. Charlie was a little more problematic in that Dev's disability felt slightly unnecessary. The secondary characters, who should have been more fleshed out given their roles, were flat; suddenly, Tessa, Wren's BFF, and Tessa's boyfriend are giving sex advice and watching out for the two of them? Didn't feel at all natural. The ending was very rushed, with one of those "surprise!" moments that was very forced.

Still, for teens looking for something somewhat older than YA (not quite sure if this fits the New Adult label, or what NA really is) and who love the previously mentioned Dessen and Perkins...

Copy provided by publisher.

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