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The Infinite Moment of Us

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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 pain
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Amulet Books
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Apr 02, 2014 Rainbowheart rated it did not like it
This is quite possibly the most sexist and anti-feminist YA romance I’ve ever read, and that’s saying something. Such a disappointment, and so totally not what I would have ever expected from Lauren Myracle.

Bear with me, ‘cause this is going to be long, but I think the author’s regressive treatment of gender and sexuality warrants serious examination. There’s so much wrong with this book that it’s hard to even know where to begin. There’s a lot wrong besides all the sexism, but since I can't add

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

The cover: ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIMOUS. I wish my ARC had this cover! It's the reason I wanted it in the first place.

The story: I don't really know what to say about this book. I loved its frank and honest portrayal of teen sex; I hated its flat, boring, and unlikable characters. I liked Myracle's prose, though it was extremely tell-y at points; I disliked the insta-love. In the end, my dislikes far outweighed my likes, even though this is a book that could
Mar 28, 2015 Julie rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-books
His fingers, splayed against the stars, seemed . . . more than. More than fingers. More than a part, or parts, of a whole. Just as one plus one is more than two, she thought, not knowing where the idea sprang from, or why.


Ladies and gentleman, step right up. Hand in your tickets, grab your popcorn, grab your crucifix, and grab your happy drugs, because you are about to enter The Infinite Moment of Us. Sweet title, right? Hahahaha - WRONG. Fun fact! Did you know The Inf
Jul 09, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.

The Infinite Moment of Us was a dreamy sort of romance, and yet, one that felt a little bittersweet to me.

Wren Gray has been living a life mostly carved out by her parent’s dreams. She has been a model daughter with excellent grades and a focus mostly on school. Yet, Wren is done with that, she doesn’t want to live a future molded and decided on by her parents. Instead of going onto the parent approved college, Wren’s applied to and been accepted into a Peace Core type of group, volu
Patty Dohle
Jul 28, 2013 Patty Dohle rated it did not like it
Here’s the good news. I read it all the way through, and it read easily, and from a teen’s perspective will get you hooked in no time.

But. When it comes to the target audience, I found myself a bit confused.

It’s written for young adults, but it should definitely come with some sort of disclaimer or parental advisory sticker. There was a somewhat flippant note by the author explaining that there’s sex in it, and hey-ho, kids nowadays will be kids (of the sexually curious and active type). And w
Jun 04, 2014 Cara rated it it was ok
This book is a giant cheeseball. You know the puffy chip kind that try to act like Cheetos? It looks like it's gonna taste so good but it only last for a little while and then you realize it's just full of air, no nutrients, and disappointment. I'm sorry to admit that reading this book felt like that to me.

So premise first. Wren Gray has always done what her parents has told her. But now she is wondering if what her parents want for her, and want she wants for herself actually matches up. It fe
Aug 16, 2013 Lucy rated it did not like it
A brief summary of The Infinite Moment of Us:
Girl decides to stop living for her parents. Girl meets guy. Girl decides to start living for guy instead.

In a brief foreword by the author, Myracle promises that The Infinite Moment of Us is a love story exploring “true intimacy and vulnerability” and “the mingling of Charlie and Wren’s souls”. Unfortunately, I found the love story forgettable and the connection between the two main characters weak.

There’s little else to the story other than the roma
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Aug 30, 2013 Tiff at Mostly YA Lit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16+, mature young adults
Shelves: romance
This is a good summer read - and not just because it's set IN the summer. Myracle captures that hazy summer, perfect-life feeling you get when you first fall in love and nothing matters but you, your significant other, and being together all the time. I was taken back to my first relationship and to the innocence of thinking that everything would be perfect - and that's a beautiful thing to feel in the summertime.

No review would be complete without mentioning that this is a sexy book - there is
Jan 12, 2014 kari rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books, ya, 2013
If you read my updates, you'll know where this review is going and it isn't good.
I have to start out with the actual writing style. It is very choppy with so much thought and memories during conversations that I'd lose the train of what was being said and when the dialogue finally picked up again, I'd have to search back to where this particular derailment began to find my way back to the thread. I don't know if this is particular to this story or if this is typical for this author as this is my
Dec 27, 2013 Crystal rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fiction
If I had to read one more time about how hard the main character's nipples were, I would've tossed the book across the room. Awkward sex scenes for a YA novel, plus the characters of Wren and Charlie just weren't believable to me. And a cop-out ending.
May 27, 2015 Lexi rated it did not like it
this is one of the worst books i've ever read in my life
A.C. Gaughen
Jun 02, 2013 A.C. Gaughen rated it it was amazing

I waited (happily!) in line at BEA to get this ARC, and it was the first book I read upon leaving the Javits. I was excited for it, and I was absolutely not disappointed.

My gut reaction to the first half was this unbelievable YES. Yes--Myracle gets it. She gets love, she gets teenagers, she gets sexual attraction and the way love is different than that, but complementary, incendiary, and intense when combined with love.

She gets the way girls think--I heard so many of my own th
Aug 22, 2013 Katy rated it liked it
2 for first half & 4 for latter half - It started out rough but ended up being one of those books that you stepped back and think, "Hey, it's actually pretty good."

I wasn't crazy about the book at first because Wren and Charlie were your typical, cliche characters - nothing special. I didn't care for Wren in any way, and even though I totally understand what she's going through, the way she was portrayed made me unsympathetic to her case. And I think Myracle tried way too hard to make Charli
The Infinite Moment of Us is about a summer romance between two recent high school graduates, Charlie and Wren.

This sounded like the kind of character-driven realistic YA fiction I love but I wasn't crazy about the dynamic of the romantic relationship.

Wren's been accepted early decision to Emory and won a merit scholarship, but doesn't want any of that, because that's what her overbearing parents want her to do. So she lies to her parents and turns Emory down and applies for a volunteer program
Lucy (Queen of Contemporary)
You can read more of my reviews at Queen of Contemporary

It really does pain me to write this review because I was so hopeful that this book would be something special and sweet. Sadly, I was very disappointed and I couldn’t finish the book. For that reason, my review will only reflect the 33% of the book that I did read.
The Infinite Moment of Us is about a girl called Wren whose life is commanded by her parents. Tell her to jump off a cliff, and she’ll go do it. Wren was so infuriating and I jus
Jul 23, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
2 stars seems harsh, this one would be more like 2.5 maybe even 2.75 in some parts.

This was my first Lauren Myracle book, and although I have heard so many wonderful things about Shine, The Infinite Moment of us was a disappointing read for me.

If I had to pinpoint why exactly, I think it would be lack of connection to the main characters. This book is not plot driven. It's character driven, the story of two unlikely people meeting and forming an emotional and physical relationship. It is told i
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

Wren and Charlie meet at an inopportune time. They are both graduating high school and heading separate ways. Charlie will be attending Georgia Tech and Wren will be headed to Guatemala to volunteer for a year with a Peace Corps type organization. This book follows their summer spent together – falling in love and questioning when will it end, or can it really be infinite?

Okay, this is a solid 2-star book, but I’m giving it an extra half star just for the title and cover. Shallow, much
Jul 02, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Remember what Judy Blume did in Forever? Imagine that in a new era.

Myracle's book is an honest, touching story about a girl discovering what love is for the first time and learning what it means from the inside out. But what takes this book a step further is that it's also about a boy discovering he has many capacities for love, too. It's a book that is frank and authentic about sexuality and what it means to be a person who has challenges -- be them big ones or small ones.

Longer review to com
Jul 29, 2015 Leahxx rated it it was ok
Where was the depth to this book? I didn't think there was any real meaning to it at all. It was just, I don't want to say dumb but I'm going to say it, just a dumb love story. I wasn't taken away by this book at all. In fact, I was disappointed.
Everything happened much too fast. There is no way you fall that madly in love with someone for real in that short amount of time, the loose ends were sloppily tied at the end of the book. I didn't like the two main characters. Wren was selfish. She was
Such a pretty cover... I wanted to really like this one, and for a bit, I thought that I would fall head over heels in love with it. I was ‘oohing’ and ‘awwwing’ pretty much through the first few chapters. Then somewhere, about halfway through it, I realized we were just going to have a ‘like’ relationship.

Feelings are like three-year-olds. They’re not rational. They’re just there.

The Infinite Moment of Us is the love story of Wren and Charlie. Wren is an only child who comes from a life of pri
Cassandra Curiel
Mar 17, 2016 Cassandra Curiel rated it liked it
Lauren completely took me by surprise. I had geared myself up to read a typical YA novel but I soon found out that it was more New Adult than YA... and it was pretty fantastic! It was an amazing surprise, one that I hope happens to me more often.
Anyway, this book follows Wren, an 18 year old who has parents that dictate about every part of her life. Her insecurities have taken over her life and she's trying to detach herself from her parents' hips by moving away after summer. I was okay and symp
Mar 06, 2014 Silvia rated it did not like it
This book taught me 2 lessons: 1- Titles can be deceiving. 2- Books about teenagers can be still terrible.

I don’t know what I was expecting with this book, since so many YA contemporary books are so good, but this is one of the biggest disappointments I’ve ever had. The way it was written was terrible: childish, pathetic, the use of description poor and slow, it was mostly dialogue and I just don’t understand how this was published since it seems like it was written by a 13 year old. No, wait, I
Aug 03, 2013 Meg rated it it was ok
Where is the depth of intimacy and intense soulful connection between the two teen lovers the author promises in her "disclaimer"? It's not just about the sex, she is saying. Yeah, it seems it kind of is, since the whole plot of the novel is "when are they gonna get it on??", building up to some steamy interludes. That is the entire plot, with maybe a little action thrown in at the end, which seemed tacked on for no reason. Wren really annoyed me, too. She's a perfect little miss thing, but can ...more
Jul 13, 2013 caren rated it it was ok

In Lauren Myracle’s The Infinite Moment of Us, we meet Wren. A senior in high school who’s about to graduate. She’s lived a pretty sheltered life, and up until now, she hasn’t even had a boyfriend. Now that school’s over, though, she’s decided her life belongs to her and nobody else. She’s finally going to make choices on her own, which include deferring college for a year and setting off to Guatemala as a volunteer for Project Unity, where she’ll be teaching English to young children.

Those choi
Lydia Presley
Aug 28, 2013 Lydia Presley rated it did not like it
I'm going to be unpopular with my opinion of The Infinite Moment of Us because, frankly, I thought it to be rubbish. I'm all for pushing the envelope with young adult books and do not think that all books are created equal (i.e. a book written for an older audience should also cater to the younger audience by censoring itself) but this one just went over the top for me.

Read the rest of this review on The Lost Entwife.
Trish Doller
Jun 30, 2013 Trish Doller rated it it was amazing
I have a lot of thoughts. Good ones. But they're all jumbled and I'll have to think on this before I write a real review (and maybe I never will) but I do think Lauren Myracle did something brave and important here and my hands hurt from clapping.
Mar 26, 2016 McKenna rated it it was ok
Eh. There were some parts in this book where I seriously was like, This deserves three solid stars.

But about 60% of the book kind of annoyed me. The synopsis seemed so promising; light, happy, emotionally evocative. It all just fell kind of short for me. The initial conversations between Charlie and Wren were incredibly awkward and stilted, and while the rest of their relationship got much better, I still felt vaguely uncomfortable during most of their interactions.

The characters were interest
Kalla [A Bookish Nerd]
When I first finished this book, I thought it was deserving of three stars. Now, however, after I've had a couple hours to reflect on it, I've decided that it's a one star book. Sorry, Myracle, but that's just how it goes.

I'll admit, my expectations for this book were not high. To me, it has a rather low rating on GR. I like to see a 3.8-4.5 average. But that's not to say that I haven't liked a book with a low average rating.

Either way, I went into this book thinking that it was going to be rea
Liza Wiemer
The intensity of love, finding your soulmate and fumbling through that deep connection. This is a novel about the confusion of what it takes to get to know a person whom you not only find attractive, but touches your soul. Trust, faith, true love, sex. A forever relationship.

This was a strong story from the perspective of what it takes to fumble in a relationship and to forge the bonds emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically. In order to forge those bonds to have a forever relationshi
Jan 11, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
This is just not my thing at all. It's probably well-written for the style, but not in a style I enjoy (dual third person, which is weird style; I'd prefer either dual first for more traditional third person like Sarah Rees Brennan uses). I ended up skipping ahead, hoping it just was off to a tedious start, but it never worked for me. I was also bothered by the way one character was treated, as others have been as well. I also did not finish Myracle's Shine, so I suspect her style is just not fo ...more
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Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

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