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3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  944 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Ever felt as if your life is just going round in circles? Sarah Dessen's thought-provoking short story about moving on will resonate with teens everywhere.

This is a "Pocket Money Puffin" for young adults by "New York Times" number 1 author.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 6th 2010 by Puffin
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Jan 19, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 2011, contemporary, ya
Original post at One More Page

Soon after Sarah Dessen posted the first chapter of her new book up on her blog, I was craving for more Dessen. It's no secret that I'm a huge, huge Dessen fan, so as I was thinking of picking up one of her books for a reread, I saw Infinity on the Amazon Kindle store. What is this, a Dessen book that I haven't read? Gasp! I immediately clicked on "Buy with 1-click", not minding the price. I couldn't wait to read it.

It turns out, Infinity is a very short story abo
Dec 04, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it
“Lately, I don't dream about Anthony. I dream about the roundabout.”

That's the line she starts this incredible short story with.

I have not been able to find this book anywhere, not in any bookstores, not online, not any where. I had finally given up looking and then I come to India and on my first day here, I’m in landmark and I find this one tucked between two Sarah Dessen books (I owned them both). I was shocked and I bought it on impulse. I started reading it on the trip to back where I was s
Aug 25, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A lovely tale about learning to except that your choices are always the right choices and that you shouldn't let other people make them for you. To many people let that happen but it's okay to make your own choices. I love the extracts of Sarah Dessen's other books too Just Listen and That Summer. I can't wait to check them both out!

Indeed a very short story but Sarah Dessen was able to justify the story. She was able to bring out the characters and the plot was simple but meaningful.

It is all about choosing the right path and making decisions.

Readers will be able to relate to the situation and characters.
Good Golly Miss Holly
Jan 09, 2013 Good Golly Miss Holly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Short Stories
Infinity is extremely small in size, I suggest reading it on a short bus ride especially if there is a round-about on the route as this is the main focus of the story for our sixteen year-old unnamed protag. Her mother swore off this particular road hazard many years ago and now goes out of her way to avoid it altogether. The teen is now faced with following her mother's path or stepping out on her own when she completes her drivers license test with the help from her boyfriend, Anthony and ...more
May 13, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
I requested this from the library not knowing anything about it. I'm trying to read all of Dessen's books and this was one more to tick off. When it arrived I was very surprised by how small it was, but was quite happy about the quick read. I guessed it would be about 100 pages, however when I opened it I found that it is a 33 page original short story and then 2 extracts from other books.
This meant that I had finished teh story in just over 10 minutes, extra quick!
You never find out the name o
The Romance Bookie
Like all of Sarah's books, this is so relate able! The character is at that stage in life, where it's time to start making your own decisions. She's a teenager, trying to find herself, and trying to decide if she should let the pressure get to her, or follow her own path.

It's a great easy, short read, and I definitely recommend it! :)
Mar 21, 2014 Jenna rated it did not like it
This short story was so annoying. Aside from having dull problems in her relationship, the main character only talks about bloody roundabouts. Who the hell is scared of roundabouts? And her mother was even worse. It was completely ridiculous. There was probably some meaning in it but it was too boring for me to care about.

Thank god it is only 30 pages long.
Kate (KitKat07210)
Aug 14, 2015 Kate (KitKat07210) rated it liked it
A blink and you'll miss it 30ish page short story. At 100 pages I thought this was a novella, but most of the books is excerpts from other books. Very glad I borrowed this from the library. Definitely don't waste your money buying it. The story had potential, but the size was extremely disappointing.
Jul 11, 2012 Jordyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Really good book!! Finished this is less than an hour! Super quick read!!! Loved the stories except for the second and third story were just from Just Listen and one from That Summer
Jodie Lauren
Mar 10, 2016 Jodie Lauren rated it it was ok
Sometimes it's not enough to keep going straight. Sometimes it's necessary to go round to see things from a different angle.

Jun 05, 2016 Danie rated it really liked it
Just a short story, nothing special. Good read.
Aug 08, 2015 Rose rated it it was amazing
a great fun, short read that was very much enjoyable.
Rebecca- Books
Oct 16, 2010 Rebecca- Books rated it liked it
Yes. Sarah Dessen is BACK. With a vengance.
I heard about this a couple of months ago and I saw it in Waterstones, thinking about adding it to my current Sarah Dessen collection of books on my bookshelf. While relishing in how much I love this woman, I turned it over to find it was 3.99 for 94 pages. Then, opening it to inspect whether it was worth it, I realised that Infinity is actually only 33 pages long, which I read in one sitting, the rest are extracts from her other full length novels, Ju
Jan 06, 2013 ~ rated it it was ok
Infinity is an extremely short story about an unnamed sixteen-year-old girl, who is learning to make tough decisions.

After having an accident, her mother has sworn off driving around a particular roundabout in their town. This wouldn’t be a problem, except that the roundabout is in the middle of everything. Even though her mother has devised a series of shortcuts and alternate routes, the roundabout still makes her queasy. And that isn't the only thing at the top of her to do list--her boyfriend
So this will be the only book (by Sarah Dessen) that I really liked that I won't buy. Not that it isn't good, but well it is a very very short book (like 60 pages), and to pay 4/5 euros for that, no. Unless it was a super rare, awesome signed book, but otherwise no.

The story was quite good, though I don't understand what her problem with roundabouts is. In my country we have them everywhere, and while I don't drive a car, I have been in a car many times and there is nothing scary about it, nothi
Frida S
Oct 14, 2014 Frida S rated it really liked it
This is the third book of a series of which I’ll never forget. This book takes place after “The Chaos” when things are starting to die down after the almost-apocalypse although people were starting to die of illness. Adam And Sarah are trying to run from the government because Adam was accused and found guilty of a murder he didn’t do. Along with them are Sarah’s two younger brothers and her daughter Mia. Sarah is expecting a baby anytime now and so she wants to settle somewhere where she can ...more
May 03, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok
The book was okay. It was a lot shorter than I thought it was (no more than 40 pages). I ordered it off Amazon and it wasn't a great book by Sarah Dessen, or even a great short read for that matter. It's about a young girl learning to drive, and she's scared of the town's local roundabout. Throughout the whole book she keeps pondering about how it was so much easier to make decisions when she was younger, and how hard it is for her to make decisions now. Besides the roundabout, her other ...more
Aug 23, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a good 10 minute read, then you've come to the right place.

The story follows a young girl who struggles to make decisions in her daily life. For a mere 32 pages, the author was able to create a thoughtful and (personally) relatable read strung together eloquently with her beautiful writing. It was very well paced. The characters were well introduced and very likeable. The novel included plenty of well added detail despite it's brief structure.

Overall, I found the story ver
Catterin Echeverry
Feb 20, 2013 Catterin Echeverry rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who haven't had the pleasure of reading Sarah Dessen
I am a big fan of Sarah Dessen. Which came as a surprise to find this short story far from any place I ever went looking. Of course, on finding this story I had to get my eyes on it; asap.

On finishing it, my thought were .....? This is one of those short stories that are actually in all very, very short. Don't get me wrong, I like short stories now and then. But this is a short story from Sarah Dessen. The woman whose stories one can't help but be enamored by as the story unfolds. Right? Well n
Jun 04, 2010 Jan rated it did not like it
This might be a 'pocket money' edition, but I'd not be terribly impressed if I were a munchkin who'd shelled out my pennies for it. (It was about 3.50 I think, what kind of pocket money do kids get these days?!) What it actually consists of is one short story that is about 29 pages long, plus extracts from 'Just Listen' and 'That Summer' - tasters if you haven't read them but annoying if like me you already have done so.

The story itself is standard Sarah Dessen fare, always good to read but also
Jul 05, 2010 Larissa rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Its not her boyfriend Anthony that has her feeling pressured, although he is doing his best to be persuasive where there relationship is concerned, but the round about that has her feeling anxious. Maybe its something she has picked up from her mother, a feeling of fear ingrained in her from the incident at the roundabout that left her mother determined to never enter it again, or is it her own sense of guilt for not supporting her mother by also boycotting the circular death trap?

Infinity is a
Apr 21, 2015 Tina rated it it was ok
There was nothing really special about this. (For the record, I'm referring to the short story, Infinity, not the excerpts from her other books) For a long time, I've continued to read Sarah Dessen's work, hoping that I could find something wonderful and magical about it, like so many others do. But the truth is that she's boring. She's a decent storyteller, and has a great grasp on writing heartwarming and inspirational tales, but I've found something lacking in each of them. I've tried to ...more
May 08, 2012 Winna rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Story wise, it reminds me a lot of Someone Like You, only shorter.
It's also not quite a novella, or pocket money novel, it's a short story.
The synopsis also neglects to inform us that half of the book is full of excerpts, to books I've already had.

That doesn't sum up to how disappointed I am. The story is okay, not Dessen's best, though full of self discovery and the prose she's known best for. It's just that I've expected more, and the volume is really measly.

If I wasn't determined enough to co
Oct 07, 2015 Aimee rated it it was ok
I got a copy of this from the library. I thought it was just another book by Sarah Dessen. So when I picked it up from the library I was surprised to see how small it was.

There's a short story first, called Infinity, that's 30 pages. That's the only one I read. It was nothing great, hence the two stars. It didn't take long to read but still, it was kind of weird.

The other two 'stories' in the book are extracts from two of Sarah's other books, Just Listen and That Summer. I've read both so didn
Jess - The Tales Compendium
Apr 24, 2011 Jess - The Tales Compendium rated it really liked it
Shelves: swap, contemporary
Sarah Dessen has written a short story (only 33 pages) about the choices in life, something that, as young adults grow up, they are constantly having to do. While this story focuses on a 16-year-old girl who tries to conquer her fears on the road, as well as put up with a pushy boyfriend, the end message is something that applies to all; when making a choice or decision, as long as it is your own, it doesn't matter how long it takes you to do so. Make your own choices in life. They may not ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Rae rated it did not like it
I would love to say this was a good short story; I really would. But, like many cases, it was not.

The story itself wasn't that bad but unfortunately the characters of the chain of events didn't compensate for the lack of brilliance found in the concept.

Short stories need to make you go 'Whoa'! They need to shock you and make you feel something because there isn't much in the story itself. The ending needs to have a WOW factor that stays with you afterwards, not an ideal and 'happy' ending. I d
May 15, 2010 xy rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
This little book thingy is a major RIP OFF! The description online is really vague and since it's only about 100 pages long, I thought it was a novella or something, cool. Imagine my surprise when this book arrived and I opened it and I saw that it contains a short story called Infinity (30 pages) and then two excerpts, one from Just Listen and the other from That Summer, each 30 pages long with huge font and like double spacing. If I hadn't pre-ordered it for like 2 € or smth, I would totally ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Codi rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories
Infinity is based on an un-named 16 year old girl who has just got her license. Her mother did everything she could to avoid this one roundabout after one bad experience. The girl now has the choice of following her mothers footsteps or stepping out on her own.

Normally I'm a big fan of Sarah Dessen's books, but I was sadly disappointed with this one.

The issue of the round-about was blown out of proportion and made the storyline rather boring.

I feel Sarah Dessen isn't really one to write short st
Feb 01, 2015 Jess rated it liked it
This was a very nice short story with a great message.
I like that it tackled to subjects which are very real for most teenagers (most could relate to the events of this book in some way or at least the concept of making choices which are right for you and moving at your own pace).
It was nicely written and is definitely a good short story for ya readers who are actually young adults. I'm not a young adult really so I felt the message didn't have the impact on me as it would have someone younger
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