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The Infinite Moment of Us

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  4,420 ratings  ·  855 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 316 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Amulet Books (first published August 20th 2013)
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Gillian
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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
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Rainbowheart
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
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♥Rachel♥
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
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Patty Dohle
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
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Cara
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
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Aug 30, 2013 Tiff at Mostly YA Lit rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16+, mature young adults
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
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kari
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
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Lucy
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
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A.C. Gaughen
LOVED THIS BOOK.

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
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Katy
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
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Jen Ryland
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
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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
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Jenn
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
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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
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Heather
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
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Kelly
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
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Crystal
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.
caren

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
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Trish Doller
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.
Silvia
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
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Meg
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
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
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Sarah
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
Isamlq
Yeesh, the real miracle is in me actually finishing this one. I feel like I’ve read a variations of this story lot’s of times already. She’s the good girl trying to find her own way. He’s the good guy with a shitty past, trying to be the good guy. They’re made for each other but doubting the same. So many doubts along the lines of:

She’s too good for him or him for her, at least that’s what they both say; She’s bound to let him down, he thinks… and so does she; She’s got her future before her… a
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Heather
Sep 11, 2014 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014, ya
Oh to be young and feel the thrill of experiencing love, lust and miscommunication for the first time. Bitterness hasn't taken hold, nor have the lessons learned from past mistakes as those mistakes have yet to happen. It's an awkward, exciting and vulnerable emotional/mental state...and it has the tendency to make us more than a little stupid. I'd like to say it gets better with age, but adulthood does not remedy the idiocy of love's keen sting.

The Infinite Moment of Us does a great job of disp
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Lydia Presley
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.
Karen zi
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ero indecisa se dare addirittura 1 stella, visto la storia davvero scontata e priva di carattere. ma poi ho pensato a Dev e Tessa e nn potevo nn premiarli. giuro, solo il pensiero di poter leggere di loro mi ha spinto a terminare il libro (vabbè è una bugia, xk nn potevo abbandonare le ragazze del PABInfRA e nn condividere con loro qst infausto destino, quindi l'avrei finito lo stesso!).
insipido libro
ciao ciao sn contenta k qst pena sia terminata!
Kalla
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
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Sarah
Note to self: Bookish Blocks Challenge -- Published in 2013.

All right. Before I get to the actual review, let me tell you a story.

When I was younger, maybe 10 or 11, I loved Lauren Myracle. She was one of my favorite authors, and I purposely read every single one of her books because I loved her writing so much. Every time I found out she was writing a new book, I grabbed it as soon as it came out and devoured it. Lauren Myracle was one of most prominent authors of my childhood, right behind peo
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Nicole
As seen on The Quiet Concert

I'm just going to come right out and say it - this love story paled in comparison to many others that i've read. The tagline claims "Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life" but I am regretful to admit that I wasn't really feeling any of that.

I couldn't connect with Wren or Charlie and I didn't fully believe in their connection to each other. At the book's beginning, Wren and Charlie already have an interest in each other, but one created from a distance and based on
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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.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books
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