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A Sense of the Infinite

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,091 ratings  ·  211 reviews
It's senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn't prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe's new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she's been keeping hidden deep inside h ...more
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Published May 19th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was a story about one girl’s last year of high-school, and her ups and downs as the year went along.

I felt quite sorry for Annabeth in this story; her relationship with Noe meant so much to her, and the way she was so easily discarded was awful.

The storyline in this basically covered Annabeth’s last year of high-school and all the things that happened to her, touching
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book hit me hard with the feels, I think I need to read more Maid-Sama after this review because I feel so broken down right now. There were so many things about this book that was painfully similar to the things that I went through during grades 1-8, regarding friendship. Ever since I was a kid, I was always the third wheel, the one who was left out. It was so hard to be happy in school and keep my grades up because I just wanted to have friends who would treat me as an equal. But no one ...more
This book is phenomenal. It's quiet -- a powerful quiet. It grabs you bit by bit until it has your entire heart.

It's a story about friendship, about the evolution of relationships and people. The writing is knock-you-out beautiful, thoughtful, painful, and hopeful.

It features gymnastics, the outdoors, exploration. Finding your path and your destiny, with or without, a best friend at your side. It's about what does and does not a friendship make. About how growing up at any age means changes tha
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The world needs more quiet books.

This is the story of Annabeth's senior year of high school. For years, she's been buoyed by her close friendship with Noe. But now Noe is pulling away from her, and she's feeling alone and uncertain. Ultimately, she works through these issues -- and several others. But what I loved about this novel is that the issues weren't all consuming, even if they were serious. I had a completely different perspective than the School Library Journal review, which found the
Ehhh, I stopped reading this after 130 pages. I don't want to write a full review for this, but just know that this book was not my jam. Once again I'm left disappointed by one of my most anticipated books of 2015.I thought this book would be relatable but that's the last thing it is. The characters are annoying and immature and I can't think of one character I even remotely liked or cared for. I don't know why I was expecting so much to be honest. This book fell short of average. ...more
Oct 18, 2014 added it
A Sense of the Infinite is a book about friendship, and a phenomenal one at that. As a huge contemporary reader, I have read countless novels focusing on the relationship between friends, but Hilary T. Smith's most recent novel does not merely melt into the masses of other "friendship books." Thanks to its realistic progression and gorgeous, empathetic writing, it is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read.

When I started reading A Sense of the Infinite, I first fell in love with
A coming-of-age story exploring adolescent identity, familial love, and the evolution of teenage friendships. A Sense of the Infinite is a slow-paced, thoughtful story of what it means to be a teenage girl rapidly approaching adulthood. Smith packs a ton of issues into her story - including rape, depression, self-harm, abortion and eating disorders - but she does so with ease. The plot never feels contrived, only realistically complicated.

The focus of A Sense of the Infinite is the increasingly
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Annabeth lives for her friend Noe because, in many ways, Annabeth hates herself. The easiest way to escape that hatred is to throw her life into someone else’s and Noe’s larger-than-life personality was an easy escape. Annabeth’s struggles and the emotional weight she shoulders is below the radar of the adults in her life, which was absolutely heartbreaking. When the friendship inevitably sidetracks, and Noe changes her mind about college, and life in general, Annabeth starts to unravel. This ha ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2015
I read this book in one day because I could not put it down. There are a lot of trigger topics in this book- eating disorders, abortion, rape, suicide, depression, but the book never feels like an issues book. It feels like real life. The only thing I can possibly criticize is that in the arc copy I read it was hard to tell who was saying what in the text conversations, but I'm sure that will be fixed by the time the book is released.

I read and loved the author's first book, Wild Awake, and this
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!

What's the best and most powerful thing in the world? L-O-V-E! And what does love have to do with? Friendship. Smith's A Sense of the Infinite is truly one of the most meaningful sisterhood stories that have touched my heart since Ann Brashares' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Except in this case, the story deals with a much broader subject matter, and I found myself loving it much more than a typical c
Kaitlin (Next Page Please!)
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2015
Gahhh! This book was so so so good. I loved the story and the characters and just how beautiful Hilary's writing was. It just showed a great example of how much life can change due to a few people and events. Definitely recommend this one for people who enjoy contemporaries.

Annabeth was such an interesting character to read from. With her and Noe, it was one of the Since You've Been Gone situations where the protagonist is able to find out who they really are because they don't have their best f
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars
I read Hilary T. Smith’s Wild Awake last year and fell absolutely in love. Smith’s writing style is truly beautiful and the subject matter that is in Wild Awake is extremely powerfully written. After finishing that book, I knew I would read anything she wrote. When A Sense of the Infinite fell into my hands, I dove right in. From page one, I was hit full-force with Smith’s gorgeous writing style once again. A Sense of the Infinite is a satisfying sophomore novel from Smith.

A Sense of the
Ashley (Loves Books)
**A version of this review will post to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.**

There’s a certain rawness to Hilary T. Smith’s writing, a certain grittiness and reality to all her words and situations. I thought it was phenomenal in her first novel, and while her second one wasn’t as high up there with me…A Sense of the Infinite really did deliver everything I’d hoped and expected for her follow up book.

Annabeth and Noe made me sad. It felt like it was a great friendship in the past, but it definit
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5-4 stars*

I finished this book pretty quickly, the chapters were really short and the writing was so addictive.

The novel starts out pretty light-hearted, two friends (Annabeth and Noe) are in their senior year; they've been friends forever and they have made a path for their future. But now they're living their future and it doesn't necessarily goes as planned -- Noe starts to drift away from the path they had laid down. Annabeth is stuck between following her best friend with gymnastics - so
4.5 stars. This is a special book.
This girl is weeeeaaakk! And a cry baby, and irresponsible, and whiny. Blahhhh. Go suck Noe's big toe Anna Beth and leave me in peace. ...more
Saloni Gupta
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Although the writing style wasn't impressive but the story was something I could relate to. ...more
gunn ✭
Aug 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
I loved this book but 4 stars bc it’s a bit too slow paced for my liking
It’s a quiet read if that makes sense
Nothing too over the top or extreme going on
Pls check tw before reading this book it covers some pretty serious topics such as abortion, eating disorders etc
Also Steven was a fav character I want to be his best friend
Anna Beth didn’t realize that she was in a toxic friendship and it shows that people can go through stuff like that
At the end this is a great book to read, would definitely
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly? It was okay.

You'll see a thousand different books like this if you bother to search for the particular genre. This just felt like one among others, nothing particularly great about, nothing to make it stand out.

I also feel like Hilary T. Smith thinks she writes with that touch of lyrical beauty talented authors have, because she kept comparing everything to the stupidest things, like "seedlings fumbling for nutrients" in resemblance to Annabeth growing as a person. Wtf?

Overall, I di
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, arcs
Full review posted on my blog, Blackplume

The story is basically about growing up. It’s Annabeth journey to self-discovery – her friendships with Noe and her life as it happens. And as simple as that sounds Annabeth’s journey offers more than just a slice of teenager’s life. There are so many issues inside it – depression, suicide, eating disorders, teen pregnancy/abortion, rape are just few of them. With all that sometimes it feels contrived to have all of those things in one story or in one pe
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
A story about teenage girls, friendship and what happens when that friendship gets rocked. Beth has only ever known friendship with Noe, but when that gets changed because of boys and the natural path of life, Beth isn't sure how to react.

A story that honestly has happened to almost every high school student. I know that I experienced this my junior year, and there was a good week where I thought I wouldn't be able to function correctly. But I was able to pull myself out of my funk and make the
S.E. Smith
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. I love Hilary T. Smith's work -- WILD AWAKE was outstanding -- and A SENSE OF THE INFINITE shows that she has fantastically dynamic range as a writer and she'll continue to be a YA author to watch. It's not just that this intense contemporary novel features a totally different storyline and characters, but that it's written in a distinctively different writing voice, her characters feel completely alive and unique, and the book gets into some seriously tough stuff without f ...more
Annabeth's final year of high school seems to be moving along predictably. Her narrative or inner voice is only slightly more vocal than her external one. Best friend, Noe, (is that pronounce 'No'? or 'No-ey'?) does most of the decision-making, keeps the extra friends, and sets the social agenda. Annabeth follows. Happily I might add.

I liked that Noe really did seem to value Annabeth's friendship. Admittedly, when things go pear-shaped, Noe's actions show a different side of her personality, whi
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is quiet and strong. There's so much in it, and the style is so choppy and to the point, with so many chapters ending with these ultra poignant statements that say so much.

It could have ended a chapter before the last, and to me, the ending would have been absolutely perfect.

This reminds me of something fans of Amy Reed would really love, in the vein of Over You but perhaps not as sinister. It's more a natural thing, what happens, and not necessarily so obvious.

Wonderful characters and
Brad Sells
Oh man, everything about this was fantastic. I could really connect with Annabeth at times, and this writing was wonderful. So, so great.
May 31, 2015 added it
Shelves: favorites, 2015
Ugh. Why can't I write like this?! I loved everything. ...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I loved the author's debut WILD AWAKE, but this one felt a little scattered, particularly with so much stuff going on. Still, the narrative voice is immensely readable. ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bittersweet, but a bit too jumpy for my tastes. 'Saut de coq à l'âne', if you will.

My French teacher would be so proud of me.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-year
I liked the first person POV—it was really strong narration. And I liked the nature metaphors and the thoughts about friendship and these quotes:

“Sometimes it feels like nobody gets out of here without a broken bone or two” (306)

“‘I don’t think he’s even going to realize how badly he was hurting until he goes to New York and experiences something different.’
‘I think a lot of people are going to realize that once they leave here’” (353)
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was so thrilled to receive my copy of A Sense of the Infinite – I had read Hilary T. Smith's debut novel, Wild Awake, last year and became obsessed with it. And I mean obsessed. (I made a playlist and everything.) So naturally I was really looking forward to reading her new book.

A Sense of the Infinite is a silently powerful read with strong writing. Hilary T. Smith is so good with words – she knows exactly how to romance a character's internal dialogue, how to take a feeling or a thought or a
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