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Learning to Live

(Infinite Love #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  249 reviews
All I wanted was to be able to make it through my senior year. I didn’t need the stares, the jokes, or the bullies. I thought I could do it all on my own, but I was wrong. He filled my veins like a poison, the kind you can’t run from. Harsh and uncaring, he was broken, but somewhere along the way he seeped into my pores. There was no way out, so that left me with one
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published January 11th 2015
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Sarah Elizabeth
FREE ON KINDLE UNTIL MAY 10TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kira Adams.)

“We made no sense. She was oil and I was water… but somehow, we worked” - Topher
“He taught me how to live and I taught him how to let go.” - Ciera

This was a moving and emotional story of young love, and heartbreak.

I loved Ciera and Topher in th


Plot: 4.2/5 A sweetly satisfying romance, it was sad but ultimately gratifying to see how profoundly Ciera affects Topher.
Characters: 4.5/5 Ciera and Topher were amazing. I think that some of the bullying that Ciera goes through seems over the top…like no one can be that horrible to somebody just because they're poor. Can they?
The Feels:
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(I received a copy from the author, In exchange for an honest review.)

WARNING - This book will break your heart.

I felt so sorry for Ciera. She had to get through so many tough things in her life! I didn't like Topher at first, but when he got to know Ciera properly, he changed. I really liked him after that.
They made such a cute couple!

There's not many books that have made me cry, but his one has. There's not many books that get a 5 star rating from me, but this one has. (And it's the first of
Anne OK
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This book contains one of those controversial storylines drawn straight from today’s headlines. From the blurb, readers will immediately know that they are on a path filled with sadness and pain as Ciera and Topher tell their story. But there’s so much more, too. I was moved to tears and crushed by its heartbreaking message. I was also touched by the sweet laughter and tender moments that were shared by this young couple amid the serious issues covered. This is also the kind of story that you ge ...more
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Learning to Live is actually my first Kira Adams book, and to say my first, HELL! Definitely it wont be my last. When I was given a copy of this story, I was kinda "Oh the blurb". Might as well be prepared with Kleenex and a glass of wine or two.

True to this, I needed more than wine or Kleenex for that matter. I wanted more. The story I thought started off easy became gut wrenching and will drain you emotionally. This is not your typical high school romance turned true love then TADA! Happily E
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No clue why I decide to torture my emotions with these heartbreaking reads but this one really took me to a different emotional level. I sobbed like a damn baby. It was an emotional cleanse. Topher learned some really hard lessons during his time with Ciera. The growth in him was staggering. I was just wrecked but I don't regret the glimpse into these characters for a second.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
"Sometimes, you have to be fully broken
in order to piece yourself together again".

This is the first book of a series The Infinite Love Series. I found it and got it free on When I read the plot I thought it was about growing up and learning to love and that it was a tetralogy. I was really in for a good young adult love series... I'm in this chick-lit period and I'm kind of enjoying myself.

Well... after a little bit I figured out that this book was not part of a series b
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars!

The story of Ciera Nelson is one of strength, courage, and the will to live your life to the fullest while you still have the chance. It was absolutely heart shattering yet one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Bravo to author Kira Adams for bringing real life situations into this story and taking us on the journey right along with the characters.

Topher Carlson is the epitome of high school popularity, and a total douche bag. Star football player with the perfect che
Romance Between The Sheets
Please note this review may contain spoilers.

Learning to Live is a romance but I have to warn you that if you are prone to an “ugly cry” then do not read this in public. Swear to god at some points I wanted to crawl into a corner and rock backwards and forwards and try to soothe my soul before I continued on.

Don’t let me scare you off, on the other hand it is also an uplifting journey of two young people Topher & Ciera who need to basically learn to live with the cards they have been dealt. It i
Lucii Dixon
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Book received in exchange for honest review.*

Topher Carlson is the most popular guy in school, plays football, dating the high school cheer squad captain, comes from money, and lavishes in sexy cars. Sophia, the cheer head, is little miss perfect, feeling superior above all others, she bullies. She bullies the one girl in school who is different because she doesn't come from money, can't afford nice clothes or nice hair. Sophia, Topher, Joe and gang. Formerly known as the A-Team, make her life
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two people from different worlds. Ciera has a hard life, is poor and has been bullied at school for years because of it. Topher is a popular jock, is rich and does not know what it's like to really live a tough life.

Topher was part of a group of bullies who have been making Ciera's life a living hell but he opens his eyes when he sees her made up/made over. That is when starts paying attention to her and eventually changes his perspective on life. I couldn't help question, would he had even giv
Ashley Graham
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ashley by: Sara Meadows
What can I say about this book. It's a very emotional book, but we'll written. I liked the book. You can't help but fall in love with the main character. For me I got attached to Ciera Nelson.

Ciera Nelson is a seventeen year old girl, who has been bullied on, not noticed at times. She is also very ill. The book gives you hints as you read, you are left think what is wrong with her, you will find out, and you will have a few tears along the way.

Ciera Nelson is a caring, loving and all around a g
Joan Clark
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. This is not your average romance or HEA. If that is something you need than this book isn't for you. This book had me experiencing such a range of emotions that I don't know if I could even identify them all. Ciera begins the story as a bullied young woman that I pitied. The farther the plot progressed the more I realized Ciera was one of the strongest characters I have read. Topher, well let's just say I hated him in the beginning. In fact I'm not sure hate is a strong enough word. I ...more
Melissa Christenson
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books by Kira Adams. It made me ugly cry and go through so many tissues it's not even funny. This was a story about a popular boy who doesn't care about anyone but himself learning to find himself, and fall in love with a smart talented beautiful outcast. I was hooked on Ciera from the beginning because she's just so sweet how can you not like her. Topher I wanted to smack around a little until he got his head straight. Alyssa and Sophia both needed a bitch slap and th ...more
Madiha J Bookblogger
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was such a beautiful book. So easy to read on, i finished it in one and it made me she some real ugly tears.
This book has the potential to just reach you right into your soul, shatter you into pieces. This book was heart-breakingly beautiful.
The character of Topher was so well built, it was tough not to fall in love with him.. Well who didn't want to fall in love with Topher :P
I loved the character of Ciera as well. Completely complimenting the story line and I felt so bad for her :(

Shannon Godwin
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
living these books more and more..... Can't wait to read the next one!!! if you haven't read them you really need to look these up ...more
Laura Furuta
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learning to Live: An Enemy to Lovers Ugly Cry (The Infinite Love Series Book One)
By Kira Adams
5 out of 5 stars

I loved reading the book Learning to Live: An Enemy to Lovers Ugly Cry (The Infinite Love Series Book One) by Kira Adams. It is a story that had my emotions going up and down. I loved the character of Ciera. She is a young woman who is intelligent, strong, and faces situations that are very difficult to endure. I had a harder time warming up to Topher, He is arrogant, confident, and is
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Learning to Live: An Enemy to Lovers Ugly Cry is the first book in the Infinite Love series by Kira Adams. I was so not ready for the emotional walloping that comes with this book. This is both a heartbreaking and touching love story- bringing up a myriad of emotions as I followed the characters through all their ups and downs.
I loved Ciera and really felt for everything she went through. I wasn’t so keen on Topher at the beginning- but he did win me over after a while- much to my surpri
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“ We made no sense. She was oil and I was water.. but somehow, we worked. No one would ever understand it fully, and I liked that. “

I was woefully under prepared for how much this book was going to wreck me. I also did not expect to love it as much as I did. Learning to live deserves all 5 stars and then some! It was so well written plus the characters jumped right off the page into my head and my heart. Every scene in this book was described so well I felt like I was experiencing everything fi
Jenni Bishop
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learning to Live: An Enemy to Lovers Ugly Cry (The Infinite Love Series, Book 1) by Kira Adams is a YA contemporary romance. It is an emotion inducing read that will require tissues, a strong drink and lots of hugs. This moving, soul wrenching, heartbreaking tale has some delightful, tender and sweet moments. There are a number of hot topics and messages through out that Kira lovingly weaves together.

The story is about two young people Topher & Ciera who come from completely different worlds an
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh... My... Word!!! I think my heart has been shredded...

My full review to follow, but in the meantime; Read this book!!!

14/01/15 Full Review:

Oh My Days... Where do I start? This book is AMAZING!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! (OK, enough shouting)!!

Learning To Live (LTL), has introduced me to Ciera and Topher. These two attend the same school, but are in completely different situations.

Ciera; spends here days head down; not making eye contact with anyone in the hopes of blending in or becoming invisible
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC (advanced release copy) from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Ciera Nelson wants what any other outcast wants, invisibility. If she can just make it through the rest of her year with minor incidents and a head held low she will be able to put the hell hole they call school in her rearview. Unfortunately, life has different plans for her.

Topher Carlson is one of the biggest jocks on campus. All the guys want to be him, all the girls want to claim him. When
Leila Reads
It's not often that a book really gets to me.  You see, when I read a book, it's just a story to me.  That doesn't mean I love it any less, but it's truly words on a page.  And that's totally not a bad thing.  My mom used to tell me that when she read a book, her mind turned it into a movie.  She could visualize everything, hear the dialogue, really feel what was happening.  Not the case for me.  So while I enjoy most books, I don't get really and truly emotionally involved to the point where I' ...more
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received this book from the author via Netgalley.

"The boy who tortured me became the boy who made me feel, the man who helped me live."

This was a hard book for me to read. Not because it was bad, but because it was emotionally draining and heart-wrenching.

Let start with the plot

Ciera has always known that life was no fairytale, its not some grant legend or heroic adventure.
Life is hard, life is grueling and life is unfair.
But there is beauty in all of it, if you only know where to lo
Rhiannon St. Clair
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
***I received an eBook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review***

This book is the perfect start to what I am guessing will be an amazing series.

Topher and Ciara are polar opposites. He’s popular, she’s not. He’s rich, she’s poor. He’s forgotten how to live and she’s trying to learn how to do so. When they come together, it takes everyone around them by surprise and sets their worlds on fire.

Kira already proved to me that she could write an amazing action book when I read Into the Da
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 3-5-star
Actual rating: 3.5/5

Wow! This book was not what I expected at all. It's quite a heartbreaking story that deals with so many issues, including bullying, poverty, and cancer.

The story is told from the alternating first-person perspectives of Ciera and Topher. Therefore, given the subject matter, Learning to Live is full of emotion. Ciera is the lonely, poor girl at school who always wants to live her life in the background due to quite extreme bullying. However, she also wants to make the most of
Lexi Herondale
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

As I might've mentioned before, NA is not really my cup of tea (seriously, am I the only one who dislikes Colleen Hoover's books?), but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this.

PLOT: ★★★.5 stars
This book shifts between the POVs of two characters:
- Ciera Nelson, who's in her senior year of high-school and couldn't look more forward to graduation. She's always been bullied by the most popular kids because she was poor.
- Topher Carlson, who's part of the A-Team (as Ciera cal
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: TFIOS Fans
Shelves: young-adult
Learning to Live is about a girl who tries to spend her final months to the fullest.

Wow! I just finished this and let me control my emotion first and grab tissue.
This book is good. It intrigue me since first chapter.
We introduced to Topher, an asshole football player in high school who just learned his father's secret. Topher was shocked, angry, and frustration about his father lifestyle. Which makes him begin to wonder what does all that popularity means if his life is a mess. I hated him at t
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Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer, from the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass serie

Other books in the series

Infinite Love (5 books)
  • Life After (Infinite Love #2)
  • My Forever (Infinite Love #3)
  • Beautifully Broken (Infinite Love #4)
  • Against All Odds (Infinite Love #5)

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