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Estelle: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren MyracleThe Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 336
Target audience: Mature young adult
Keywords: high school graduation, summer before college, sex, friendships, secrets
Format read: ARC Paperback from BEA via Elena at Novel Sounds!

Summary: Post-graduation life brings Wren and Charlie together the summer before each of them go off in separate directions. Wren is wrestling with making a choice that (for once) her parent’s did not make for her, and Charlie isn’t sure he’ll ever be able to move on from his past and put himself and his needs first. It’s a summer of first love, discovery, heartbreak before a new life journey begins for each. Will their relationship survive?

The summer before I left for college was pretty intense. Between getting used to the idea of leaving my childhood home for college and falling pretty desperately in love with someone who was not going with me, it was quite a summer.

The Infinite Moment of Us really encapsulated so many of those emotions I remember feeling. Fear of moving forward (with a little bit of excitement thrown in), how difficult it was to break away from my parents (and vice versa), and most prominently, how addicting and all-consuming falling in love for the first time could be.

Wren and Charlie come from totally different worlds, and have led vastly different lives up until the moment events seem to naturally fall together and they become inseparable. Suddenly, Wren has someone to share her dreams with, someone who will encourage and support her without laying down the rules for her, and Charlie has someone in his life who truly truly cares for him and makes him feel loved. Their relationship couldn’t happen at a better (and worst) time, really. Throughout my reading, I kept wondering how it would all end in three months. Would they go in their own directions or would their love for each other cause them to realign their futures so they could be together?

Myracle’s writing style is so unique in this book; it seesaws between beautiful euphoric passages and the rawness of sexuality. But she relies on telling the reader most of these characters’ feelings, instead of showing them and those missing pieces made it hard for me to connect with Wren and Charlie’s story sometimes. It felt a little convenient, a bit too easy and romanticized and I know in my reading I really like my relationships to feel grounded. Wren and Charlie’s story felt so dreamlike; I kept losing my grip on it.

What I absolutely loved was watching a main character unleash her sexuality. Wren felt so brave because of Charlie’s attraction and his feelings for her, and I loved watching this other part of her come free. It was so uncomfortably relatable and I could feel just how powerful Wren’s passion for Charlie made her. She was truly discovering a new part of herself that summer and it was really moving to see them bring their relationship to a whole new level. (Though the use of the word “cock” from Charlie’s perspective was so jarring. Why is that word so harsh?)

While certain plotlines (Charlie’s ex, in particular) and the exclusivity of Wren and Charlie’s love bubble left me a little bit torn over The Infinite Moment of Us, it was really the nostalgia factor that I liked most. Even when it meant remembering some of my own embarrassing and over-the-top experiences and all the blunders that came along with them. Plus I really enjoyed Wren’s best friend, Tess, and her boyfriend, P.G. Seperately they had so much personality, and together, well, they had the kind of relationship I wished I could have had when I was 18.

I think P.G. actually sums up The Infinite Moment of Us best at one point: “Leave the poor kids alone. They’re young and in love. What more do you need to know?” rather be reading borrow from the library icon

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August 28, 2013 - 11:15 am

Alexa Y. - I really adore your review of The Infinite Moment of Us, mostly because you managed to so eloquently express most of my feelings about it. I too loved the way it made me feel, the nostalgia, and the fact I could relate to the characters and their feelings. But I had trouble with the romance (a wee bit anyway) and the way it ends, and that’s where the book lost me a bit. Still, it was worth a read in the end.

August 27, 2013 - 8:57 am

Jamie - SIGH I’m so conflicted on if I should read this one. I have it on my Kindle and was really excited about it but then I only saw pretty bad reviews. Do you think this is a Jamie book??

August 24, 2013 - 6:11 am

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August 15, 2013 - 11:41 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Yes! I think the nostalgic feeling was what really made me like this book. I had major problems with a lot of it, but I think that’s because I have major problems with just similar actions of teens in general – the “why are you choosing them over me?” whining or the angst that comes with dramatic relationships. That being said, I felt Myracle did capture how teens can be, which I felt was a huge plus. Overall, not a favorite… but I did really enjoy it!

August 13, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - My review for this one goes up tomorrow, so you can get a better idea on my thoughts. But I did want to say I agreed with you on the Charlie’s ex gf bits. I felt all of that lost sight from the story. It was a bit too much dramatic. Also, the use of some words through out definitely felt harsh to me, too.

Though I can’t relate to their type of love story, I definitely believed it to be true. I think when you’re young like that, and still so inexperienced when it comes to the world and the way it shapes your relationships, there’s an innocence to it that seems like nothing can hurt you.

August 13, 2013 - 10:33 am

Leah - I COMPLETELY agree that this is borrow-worthy rather than a book to buy. This was my first time reading Myracle and I had pretty high expectations. For the most part I enjoyed it, though that ending… I was seriously turned off by Wren’s actions/selfishness.

August 12, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Thanks for such an honest review, Estelle! I haven’t had a chance to read The Infinite Moment of Us, but I’m excited to get to it now and see what I think of her writing style. I know showing vs telling is kind of a cliched saying now, but it really does change everything about a story when you tell it rather than show it. I’m also excited to read a book that explores sexuality – it’s such a tough age and I think too many gloss over it.

Thanks again for the review, Estelle!

August 12, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Sarah - The book cover is soooo gorgeous!!
After reading your review I had this Brand New song in my head http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDBp2SFIp8
It seems very fitting to the book

August 12, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - This book is so polarizing! I think the people who like it relate to Wren, as I did, and the others are just turned off by her. I fully agree with you about the dreamlike quality of the romantic relationship. I really liked how Wren evolved as well and I’d be curious to find out what happens to her after she leaves home. Her parents killed me.

August 12, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’m really excited for this one because it’s by Lauren Myracle and the relationship sounds like it will make for a good read! I love that Wren is so empowered, too. That’s disappointing about the telling, though. It seems like a lot of people have mixed feelings about it.

August 12, 2013 - 1:59 pm

elean - the cover for this book is SO BEAUTIFUL and so is your review! i agree that “cock” sounds harsh but think of it as the chicken. curious to see what i’ll think of the relationship.

August 12, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I think the fact that I THOUGHT I was going to relate to this book and didn’t really let me down. You had the nostalgia that managed to keep you hooked and connected to the book, but I agree – That dreamlike relationship/feel totally had me just floating away and I could keep that connection going.
I thought I was going to relate to Wren in the sense that she’s always been the good child and she actually likes pleasing her parents because that’s what she does. It’s just how things went. But her parents were sort of nutso in their expectations for her and it kind of just went over the top. The story could have been the same with more.. “normal” parents.

August 12, 2013 - 9:55 am

Cassie - OH this book. So torn on it! I have to review it next week and I have just been THINKING about it and how I feel.

It had a lot of potential and elements I know we both did enjoy, though! and plus — THE COVERRR <3

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