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The Infinity of You & Me

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What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?

Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Alicia has had a long list of different diagnosis in her short lifetime and on a variety of medications to help her cope. She can suddenly begin hallucinating different worlds and scenarios and any given time. In one particularly vivid imagination Alicia is with her father and shot, in another she meets a boy named Jax whose world is dying and he asks for Alicia's help.

At Alicia's birthday party her long lost father shows up and explains to her that her hallucinations aren't hallucinations but
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and would like to thank St. Martin's Press and J.Q. Coyle.

I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading this book, the cover it's absolutely breathtaking which is what made me want to read it in the first place. Also, I knew that J.Q. Coyle is two writers and it really interested me to see how this would go.

Alicia is a teenager who lives with her mother trying to slug her way through high school with only one friend. With crippling
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
☆☆☆ 1/2 stars


I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started ‘The Infinity of You and Me’. Is it fantasy? Is it science fiction? In the end it turned out to be melting pot of both, and a very enjoyable melting pot at that. A couple of people who’d reviewed it before me had mentioned that it was a little confusing, so I kept anticipating the point at which it would lose its way, but, happily, it never came.
Fourteen year old Alicia has grown up enthralled by the works of Sylvia Plath, finding
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by St. Martin's in exchange for an honest review*
This is Coyle's debut novel and I enjoyed it for the most part. I was really intrigued by the synopsis and I decided to give it a chance. That was a huge step for me since Sci-fi is definitely out of my comfort zone, and as you can see with the rating. After reading this, it's safe to say that it still is.
This novel tackles alternate dimension travel in Alicia's perspective. She's almost 15 and is struggling with hallucinations whic
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
This book had so much potential - I had high hopes for it when I started the first chapter and got immediately sucked in. Parts of it were good: the writing was strong from the start, and the idea was so intriguing, of a girl who bounced between 'hallucinations' while trying to manage her everyday life.

Sadly, as the plot got more complex, it fell apart beneath the weight of it all. Things got more and more complicated, worlds were introduced, but without enough detail for them to feel fleshed ou
Rachel Adiyah
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love alternate realities and travel between them
This is a masterpiece of YA speculative fiction. Alicia thinks that she's hallucinating, that she's terribly mentally ill in an organic sense, and that a miracle operation may be all that can save her. She hates the father who abandoned her mother and her after their divorce when she was a little child, and pops pills to keep herself mired in reality with her only and best friend, Hafeez, who is the target of racism and bullying. Her uncle Alex, a genius in the science of the brain, stands betwe ...more
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

Full review to come...

The synopsis on this is insane and I mean, look at that cover!

This was a little slow for me in the beginning and I will admit, a little confusing, but once I figured out what was going on I quite enjoyed this book. The author has managed to weave some of the best elements from a few genres to create these interesting worlds and a dynamic main character. If you like books that have a sci-fi element and a psychological
Jen Carney
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would really like to rate this higher since I very much enjoyed it. I love the Spandrels and their worlds. This book is a very interesting concept. What stops me from raising the rating is that the main character can't seem to decide. Her age. She says this is is fifteenth birthday. Then 2 pages later she says she is turning 16. Then at the end when she thinks she is driving the car she says she can't because she is only 15. It is something small but once I caught it, it bothered me the whole ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This would have gotten 5 stars of they had made this into a trilogy...I really loved the world they created and wished they could have expanded on it. Really good story that I read practically in a day.
Amal Lak
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book so much. Interesting story and turns of events, fresh characters and nice writing. The development of events was a bit slow for my taste but the overall story was satisfying. Xoxo
Heaven Leis
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it was really good and loved the story. I love her worlds and I love the concept and idea. I just wish her age didn't keep changing. ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I’ve sort of been into alternate worlds lately. I think it’s because I’d like to believe that somewhere out there there is a sane universe where America wasn’t stupid and elected a president that kicks ass instead of a bad recast of The Manchurian Candidate, but I digress. Simply stated, the idea intrigues me and there’s a lot of directions you can go in. It has so much potential and I’m not lying about that.

When I started this book it seemed like it had a nice
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, sci-fi, arcs
3.5 Stars

Alicia is a teenager with a myriad of mental illnesses, including ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and hallucinations. She takes pills to combat these illnesses, but she can't help craving the hallucinations to escape from her life.

Her hallucinations begin with a sharp pain somewhere in her body. She drifts off, but in reality she seems like a zombie, not reacting to words or touch. Her father- who left when she was a baby- often appears in the hallucinations. On her fifteenth birthday,
Emily Wrayburn
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind 08 November, 2016:
After two DNFs in a row, it was wonderful to finally stumble across a book I really enjoyed!

Alicia has suffered hallucinations of dying worlds for years, despite therapy provided by a wealthy uncle and a myriad of medications. But on her 15th birthday, her estranged father shows up to tell her that they are not hallucinations at all, but glimpses into other worlds – branches off the real world that she and other people l
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
The Infinity of You & Me was a hard book for me to get into. The beginning was a bit slow and confusing. I had a hard time puzzling together what was happening. I felt so dumb, but I really had a hard time following what was happening.

Thankfully, I eventual was able to wrap my head around what was happening and the book become more enjoyable after that. Even though it was confusing at first, I thought the sci-fi world that the author created in this book was very interesting. I would really
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review, arc
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange with an honest review.

A Great concept, with beautiful lines that are 101% quotable.

I absolutely loved the idea behind this book. Alicia is misdiagnosed with many mental illnesses, where she tends hallucinate a lot. Her hallucinations keep her jumping from one world to the next, each of which has a different versions of the main characters.

I want to talk about one of the main characters, Hafiz, who is actually Alicia's
Emily Sarah
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the author through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Alicia is a nearly 15 year old girl who suffers "hallucinations" and is constant watch of her therapist, mother, and medication. What Alicia soon finds out is that her hallucinations are not what they seem. The dying and decaying worlds she sees aren't in her head, but are real, other universes with other versions of herself. At her 15th birthday party, her semi-long lost/estranged father shows up and e
Jaydyn |Between the Bindings|
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelves
3.5 Complex Multiverse Stars!
I enjoyed this book, I truly did. This book had so much potential. I loved the intricate relationships that Alicia weaved throughout the different universes that were created by choices, and the lives she led from those consequences. The concept of this book was splendid, but at moments the characters fell a little too flat for the exciting experience that I was hoping for. I felt like I needed more background for the characters and the achingly cruel world of these
Tishia Burgess
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-review
The concept for this book is outstanding! From the first page I was hooked and couldn't put it down. My mom is now reading it and my sister is waiting for her turn. The imagery the words paint is pure art! If you like sleep more than a good story you should probably never pick up this book. ...more
Portrait of a Book
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
Review originally posted at

Really 3.5 Stars

First Thought After Finishing: This was such an inventive story!

The Infinity of You & Me was an unexpected book. Initially I was drawn to the premise and the mention of Sylvia Plath, whose poetry has always had a mysterious yet intriguing complexity.

Alicia believes that she is going crazy with her hallucinations—they aren’t simply flashes, but other worlds that seem like more than dreams. There is even a boy that she finds her
Hannah Craig
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: surreal-books
This book had some absolutely fascinating ideas- not just the central premise of infinite worlds, but the stories of each individual characters. I thought it did a great job handling the central weirdness of watching different versions of yourself in alternate realities, and there were some interesting ideas of how alternate reality would affect society. I loved the surreal 'roots' worlds as well.
The problem, though, is that there are just way too many good ideas for a 264 page book and ultimate
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Alicia has very realistic hallucinations where she seems to travel to alternate realities where she encounters her father, who is missing from her life. Her body stays where it is, unaware, until the hallucination ends abruptly. She's been heavily medicated and sees a therapist to help control the episodes but it doesn't seem to be working. On her birthday her father appears and tells her she is a spandrel, able to send her consciouness to different realities created by significant choices she's ...more
J. Greene
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Can you say let-down in any other way? The plot for this was set up well, it was unique and multi-layered but it failed somehow. In the beginning I was definitely intrigued by the hallucinations, the different worlds, the obvious secrets, and the underlying cause of it all. But somewhere along the way the plot became too complex, and the characters became hard to track. It was sort of like a strange version of the movie Inception--except this one was a little harder to follow due to a lot of inf ...more
Jen Kayna (Habitat for Happiness)
I started this book not knowing much about it. At the beginning of the story I was intrigued by the main character, who was portrayed as a teenager with mental illness. I have not read many books about mental illness, so I was interested and excited to learn more. Within a few chapters, however, we (and Alicia) learn that Alicia's hallucinations and anxiety are not actually due to any mental illness, but rather that she magical powers that allow her to travel between different alternate dimensio ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a unique has been in my TBR pile for a long time and it finally made it's way to the top, it was a fairly quick read, it had a concrete end and it made the reader think. What it didn't do was make the reader believe, or feel like they were a part of this book. It left the reader a little confused, a lot bewildered and a tad bit befuddled.

The main character is a high school teen who is trying to figure out why she blacks out and seems to travel between different worlds. Th
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

There are some books that maybe would be more suited to an audio visual format, movie or tv. I feel that Infinity of You and Me by J. Q. Coyle is one of those.

J. Q. Coyle creates worlds that Alicia travels in that are vivid and full of expression, but this creates jumps in the storytelling that might be better in other media. Like it kind of made me think of the tv show Awake or Sliders.

The best part of the book is also one of its disconcerting. "Magic" is not free, and in this case i
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think I must be going through a blogger’s block because I am really struggling to come up with complete reviews these days. So I thought I will do something different this time:

The multiverse fantasy

Alicia finds out that the world contains NOT a universe but a multiverse and that all her nightmares are actually real lives and scenarios playing out. It took some time for me to realize a basic fact – what makes her special is not that she has different selves, but that she has the ability to con
Ashley Shipley
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was iffy on reading this book. After reading the description I was thinking that this book could be amazing or it could be cringe worthy. I gave it a shot and I loved it. I couldn't get really into it at first, took about three chapters for me to become hooked.

I think the story was executed well but would have liked some more character development. I also didn't get her age, she acted way older than 14 and everything she went through just didn't make sense to me. I would have liked her to be
John Clark
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Alicia wonders whether she's insane, thanks to blackouts that have been getting stronger, lasting longer, and now involve her long absent father. When he reappears at her sixteenth birthday party and tries to tell her she's not crazy and needs to stop taking all the pills her uncle has been prescribing for her, it's the crack in her unstable life that starts her on a very strange journey. It involves multiverses as she's what is known as a spandrel, and like her dad is quite a powerful one. In o ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
What I like in this book is the adventure of being a Spandrel. The idea of having another worlds and having the chance to experience another lives apart from our original one is good. It allows us to be different and better people. Also, I love the idea of having the power to create our own version of a world that we always wanted. I hated the fact that, treating people who are different and new as crazy, it is brutal somehow to always look at them as they need help, while they only needs unders ...more
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