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The Infinite Pieces of Us

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,345 ratings  ·  319 reviews
From the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about coming apart, getting it together—and moving on. It’s just a two-hour drive…

Pondering math problems is Esther Ainsworth’s obsession. If only life’s puzzles required logic. Her stepfather’s solution? Avoidance. He’s exiled the family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, t
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Skyscape
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Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a reader there are stories that I devour and love. Then there are stories whose message gets woven into the fiber of my being. Infinite Pieces of Us was the latter for me. With every page I felt the frantic need to jot down a quote or saying (it’s against my religion to highlight physical books). I first discovered this author and her writing with Grover and the gang. In my head and heart, I knew she would never be able to top the quirkiness, lasting bond, and downright love that a group of m ...more
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Content warnings include abandonment, homelessness and homophobia.

When Esther’s family move to Truth or Consequences they are weighed down by all of the lies, secrets and judgements they bring with them. Esther’s big “mistake” has necessitated the move and her sister and once best friend Hannah doesn’t want anything to do with her, her stepfather Tom is more controlling than ever, her mother refuses to talk about it, and the family in general vacillate between judging Esther and trying to preten
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Oct 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I quit at 38%. This was just terrible. It was like reading an obnoxiously vague Facebook post...just come out and say what happened already! So much angst, so many try-hard metaphors. I'm glad I got this for free because what a waste! ...more
Tejas Janet
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
There were aspects of the story I liked and enjoyed reading about, and then there were others I really didn't. ...more
Shari Ring Wolf
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book, but...

...I found it hard to believe parents could be so clueless and care so much about "how things look" in this day and age. No email address allowed? Not leaving the house because a teen is pregnant? Then they changed in a matter of two days? Nah. It didn't ring true.
I did love the writing, and the characters except for the main character's parents, who were well developed but dishonest, distateful. The test of the characters were flawed, growing, and loveable. The spirituality in
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: october-2018

I received a copy from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for a honest review. 

Reader, I would like to let you know that after reading 'The Upside of Falling Down' and 'The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland' both by Rebekah Crane, I knew I found a new favourite author. Imagine my disappointment when I read The Infinite Pieces of Us and it completely either missed the mark or made me angry to the point that I had to put it down and just skim through the ending. 

The Infinite Pieces
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
YA fiction? I’m a grandma and I loved this book. So much wisdom, great dialogues, great story, wonderful characters!
Virginia Masson
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So. Darn. Good.

Fall in love again and again and again. The author has a way with characters that lets you in and keeps you there.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Esther has to move from her home in Ohio to somewhere in New Mexico. Why? Because she was a pregnant teen who gave her baby away for adoption. The baby's father is Amit, a fellow math lover with golden eyes, and somehow Esther's family has no clue about the father (obviously, she didn't inherit the math genius gene from them). Esther's sister is mad at her for being the reason they had to move halfway across the country, and Esther is plagued by memories of the baby and keeping her secret in her ...more
Claire Gillian
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
The math part did nothing for me, alas, so all the infinity references and "complex math problem" filler notes kind of lost me. Other than that, the prose was easy to read and it had plenty of deep, noteworthy thoughts, perhaps too many attempts to be thought-provoking and symbolic vs. telling a story, especially given it was YA. Took me a bit to get into it. The beginning was so vague it pushed me away rather than encouraged me to keep reading. Once I got past all the mystery of the main charac ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, 5-stars, arcs, ya
I don't know if I will be able to properly express how much I loved this book, but be certain, I LOVED this book! When I first met Esther, she was suffering a double-dose of broken heartedness. She never thought she would be able to overcome her loneliness and feelings of abandonment, but special things happen, when you find Heaven in a former Blockbuster.

• Pro: Esther captured my heart, and I instantly claimed her as one of my own. I ached and openly cried for her. I had this profound need for
Gerardo Delgadillo
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 out 5 stars

Cactus plants, an empty pool, and a lot of sun. That’s how I’d describe this book. I mean, it’s a great story with a John Green-like quality. The writing is gorgeous, and I loved the math-not-really scribble intertwined here and there. The characters feel real until they start to get too poetic. Actually, a better title could be “The New Mexico Poets Wannabes” or something like that. Don’t get me wrong, this is an excellent novel, just a bit heavy on the poetry for my tastes.

So, yea
Nancy Baker
Nov 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-goodreads
I only read the first 94 pages of this book and it's taken me some time to finish those. I'm sure this book would appeal to a younger crowd and I guess I didn't realize it was a "young adult" reading when I entered the giveaway contest. I can't say that what I read was poorly written or not interesting, but it just was not my cup of tea and because I was having to force myself to read a chapter now and then, I decided it was time to close the cover and move on to something else.

I'm sorry I coul
Jerri Davis
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Great read. Themes of religion, questions, letting go, seeking, finding, growing, and learning that sometimes the answers aren’t what we want to hear. Definitely recommend.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Touching, whimsical, off beat, but not afraid to tackle difficult relationship struggled of being a teen, "The Infinite Pieces of Us" is about what happens to a family that runs from Ohio to New Mexico to avoid facing their problems, only to realize those problems trailed along, and grew bigger.
Full of quirky, goofy young people, trying to find a way to be loved in a world that demands conformity to a standard they cannot commit to without losing themselves, this is a fun read for anyone into c
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Closer to Truth.

It moved me in unexpected ways. I do wish there was a Twin Peaks, a pet store and a Blockbuster with Heaven. But I was moved anyway.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love her books!
J. Dorner
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book to read, though also heartbreaking. I wouldn't call it a romance book, though there are love-story subplots. It's more of a contemporary YA with social and religious issues. There's a good amount of diversity (lesbian, gay, poverty, pregnant teen, psychic, Christian group, and a mentioned character who might be Muslim or Jewish judging by the surname Kahn). It's interesting how Esther's emotions and mental dealings are revealed layer by layer. There's a mystery mixed i ...more
Sarah {The Clever Reader}
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I’ve carried this secret with me all the way from Ohio to New Mexico…I was leaving it behind, but that’s not how secrets work. They follow you. Haunt you. Steal your breath when you’re not looking.”

Esther has been forced to move to no other place than Truth and Consequences, NM. It’s a sad kind of irony. She carries a secret with her, one that her mother and step-father refuse to speak about. A secret her sister is bound to hate her for forever. Instead of facing what has happened straight on
I got this book as a kindle free read for October. It was okay. It's probably more at two and a half stars.

It had a slow beginning, I thought the first 5 or so chapters could have been condensed/cut but once it started the plot was definitely intriguing. I liked once we got Esther and her group of misfits together. It was fun to see them interact and the space they made their own for comfort. I enjoyed her group of friends, Beth was especially cool. I felt for Esther's desire to find out what h
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose this YA novel from the October selection of Amazon First Reads as it caught my attention and looked the most interesting one on offer. I can happily say I really did enjoy this book.

This is the story of Esther, her sister Hannah and their mother and stepfather who have recently moved to New Mexico to escape a 'situation'. I liked the character of Esther and felt that the author described the trauma felt by Esther due to the 'situation'.

Esther's new friends sound like the type of friends
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to discover this new book by Rebekah Crane, the author of one of my all-time favorite books, 'The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland'. Went in with high expectations ... 'Grover' would be hard to top! I was NOT disappointed!

Ms. Crane has an uncanny ability to create characters that I feel blessed to have in my life for the way-too-brief time it takes to read their story. To some extent, I really don't even care too much what is happening in their lives ... I just love sharing thei
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazon gets me every time ...if you have a book and u can listen as well as read ... i am so there. i need 2 find more these, they just make me smile and i love it. read a little. listen a little ... so so so so awesome!! way cool!! check it out!! i just love that!! I really do wonder why folks always get their undies in a bunch ...when this is an author's' writing they can write whatever they want and be creative doing it. Is this meant to be a historical ...totally true story? or a fun ...more
Shelly Hammond
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one that once you start reading you get hooked. The way it's written makes it flow smoothly and go by so quickly! At the heart of the story is one girls (Esther) "trouble" that caused her entire family, mostly because of her very strict belief stepfather, to pack up and move from Ohio to New Mexico to avoid being remembered for said thing (I don't want to ruin it and can't recall if it's mentioned in the book description so just incase I'd like to leave it out instead of risk a majo ...more
A quick, entertaining read. I recognize it is geared for young adults and teenagers, but some of the scenes between the main character Esther and her friends are a little dramatic and over the top. What's not dramatic, however, is the reality of shame surrounding teenage pregnancy and conservative families - this was highlighted nicely as the idea that we all have flaws/"truths" whether it's the difficulty Esther faces in letting go of her baby, or the secret rendezvous between church official a ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although it didn't grab me as quickly as Grover Cleveland, I nevertheless enjoyed this YA novel about and Ohio teen whose life is uprooted and transplanted to the barren desert of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she makes new friends and uncovers a true sense of self. Spoiler alert--no single-dimensional parents here! ...more
Lisa Konet
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book because the first half of the book was interesting, so was the main character Ester. I struggled to get through this because the whole book it was like she was complaining the whole time.
Almost a DNF
Peter Cole
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read

Easy to read, very like able characters, struggling with some of life's most pressing questions, and some really great answers.
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Rebekah Crane is the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland and other young-adult novels. She found a passion for this genre while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a former high school English teacher, a yoga instructor, and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountai ...more

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“I am no longer a whole number. I carry a decimal now. Each box in my room is just a reminder of my remainder. The problem is, I can’t figure out if I’m less than or more than I was before. I know I’m not the same.” 2 likes
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