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The Infinite Noise

(The Bright Sessions #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  3,860 ratings  ·  920 reviews
Lauren Shippen's The Infinite Noise is a stunning, original debut novel based on her wildly popular and award-winning podcast The Bright Sessions.

Caleb Michaels is a sixteen-year-old champion running back. Other than that his life is pretty normal. But when Caleb starts experiencing mood swings that are out of the ordinary for even a teenager, his life moves beyond “typica
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Tor Teen
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Jennifer Camillery The book covers some of the material in the podcast but it does not spoil the main events of the podcast, if that makes sense. Some events in the book…moreThe book covers some of the material in the podcast but it does not spoil the main events of the podcast, if that makes sense. Some events in the book (dealing with Caleb and Adam only) are in the podcast, but they are covered in further detail or from another point of view in the book. You are introduced to some characters that the podcast will go further into detail on and the book deepens your knowledge of Caleb and Adam's characters. You can read/listen in any order. (less)
Tsana Dolichva No. The book covers some of the same story as the start of the podcast, but from different perspectives.

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Benjamin *or so they say*
At this point in my life I will read anything with queer representation and a colorful cover.
Alice Oseman
The Bright Sessions is one of my favourite audio dramas and I was so excited to read one of its many sub-plots in novel form!! You don't need to have listened to TBS to enjoy this story, though. Such a fun, sweet, gentle romance with a superpower twist. If you're looking for something to read that'll just put a smile on your face, this is it!
Cristina Monica
3.5 stars. This is a story that is centered on human emotion, and we all know that teenagers have a lot of them as they are struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong and who is a friend and an enemy. This book brought me back to being a high school student and unsure of anything but still trying hard to find myself and stand out from the crowd. Caleb and Adam are two such young souls who need guidance and whose presence helps the other tremendously. Watching them grow closer ma ...more
Larry H
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up.

Sixteen-year-old Caleb Michaels is handsome, popular, and athletic, running back on his high school football team. But lately he's been struggling emotionally and he can't figure out why. It's almost as if he is drowning in so many emotions all at once and he doesn't know where they're coming from, but he's finding it harder and harder to take.

When an encounter with a classmate turns violent and he doesn't even remember the situation escalating, Caleb
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: mlm mc, gay li with depression
Review on my blog.

You know that picture of a horse that starts really beautiful & detailed and ends like something drawn by a three-year-old? That's this book.

It starts really good, fun even, with a dual first person pov. It’s engaging, it’s interesting, it’s intriguing. You think you’re safe. You think you’re reading a solid four stars book. And then, in the last fifty pages or so, the spell breaks. (And you catch yourself thinking of all the little things
Tara ☽
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Everybody go right now and listen to the podcast this book will be based on, The Bright Sessions. I promise you won't regret it. It's literally just about people with superpowers going to therapy and I love it with all my heart. It features LGBTQ+ rep, mental health rep and characters you can't help but fall in love with. Also the superpowers. What more could you ask for?
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After reading an excerpt I loved the idea of atypical abilities and having to deal with them through therapy. And Caleb is such a sweetheart. It became clear really early this is a queer story.

The cover art isn't quite to me taste BUT it totally fits The Infinite Noise! I loved how Caleb was yellow and Adam blue. That was run through the entire story! And you totally get what The Infinite Noise meant from the cover once you get a little
There's a lot to love in THE INFINITE NOISE. Representation-wise, we have a protagonist who is Jewish and gay and plagued by depressive episodes, another who is.. well, we're never given his orientation on page, and also an empath who struggles with the overflow of emotions and lashes out in rage. There's also a ton of therapy. Positive therapy.

This world is based on a podcast where, as the book's blurb says, “What if the X-Men, instead of becoming superheroes, decided to spend some time in ther
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
(I was given a short intro to this upcoming book in exchange for an honest review.)

What a great idea: Empaths who feel everything others feel. They empathize too much. It sounds like a book I'd love...but not. The dialogue, oh so much dialogue. I'm not asking for Stephen King-like 7-page descriptors of a dress but come on, give us something.

I need Caleb's words to sound a little more like a teen in 2019:

“I guess. I don’t know, the whole thing is kinda blurry.” I swallow as I think about the
robbie cowman
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Absolutely one of my new favorite books. Ladies, this book is going to COME for your throat. It was so fantastic and made me so overwhelmingly happy. Buy it when it comes out or you’re homophobic!!!
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
[2.75? 3 Stars]

I love reading/watching/whatever about people with super abilities. Caleb being able to feel everyone's emotions was cool. At the beginning, I was channeling Brene Brown like, yes! Be empathetic! I expect that the future books would delve more into the science/science fiction of why Caleb (and others) have these abilities.

I thought the tension between Adam and Caleb was done well, and I appreciated that this was not an insta-love/imprinting situation because it easily
Joshee Kun (조수아)
My most boring book of the year.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
please listen to the bright sessions. then read this book. it's IMPORTANT.
(also i love adam and caleb so much, they're baby and i'm gonna protect them)
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Rtc when my thoughts aren't such a mess
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
one of my absolute favorite pairings from my favorite podcast ever!!! i spent the whole book in a puddle!!! thank you lauren shippen <3 ...more
Oct 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-to-read
how can something be this good?

Merged review:

Feb 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-releases
this actually sounds so good wtf
The Nerd Daily
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Vinny MS

After gaining major success as a creator of the award-winning podcast, The Bright Sessions, Lauren Shippen is ready to bring you back to the thrilling story and twisted universe featuring your favourite Atypicals in her debut novel, The Infinite Noise.

The Infinite Noise follows the story of Caleb Michaels, who had a pretty normal life as a high school footballer, until one day he discovered himself to be an empath, an Atypical who can se
Melanie (bookswritinghappiness)
03-24-18 | I just looked this up on here because carissa talks about it on twitter all the time and this sounds amazing??? oh my god
04-23-18 | I'm now on season 2 of the podcast and I'm in love!! I'm sad that the podcast will probably end before I catch up, but I'm definitely looking forward to more stuff in this universe. Also, **podcast spoiler** I can't wait for two more seasons of Adam and Caleb <3
04-24-19 | OH M
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, lgbtqia-rep
The more I think about this book the more I realize that I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I did. The Infinite Noise is a book that's definitely worth a read, but don't get into it expecting the first book to be anything but a contemporary story with a little twist.

*Thank you to Tor Teen and Macmillan for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
ash | novelly rooted
Apr 09, 2019 marked it as short-to-read-list
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtqia
Really looking forward to this!! Love The Bright Sessions podcast [def recommend it!]
Some sweet moments between Caleb and Adam, as their initial awkward acquaintance develops into friendship and more. They’re dorky and cute together, and I liked the deepening relationship between the two.
I found the shadowy organization with possible nefarious intentions towards Atypicals like Caleb much less well defined, especially as the author introduced the organization well into the book and then gave us little more than the barest detail. I also found the middle of the book’s pacing to be
Sep 13, 2020 marked it as not-for-me-i-suppose  ·  review of another edition
Due to the lack of plot, and boring, excruciatingly long story that does NOT go anywhere, I hereby declare that I have DNF-ed this book at 49%.

I'm bored, and I'm having a slump thanks to this book.

I think I expect more science fiction-y, and less cheesy, stupid teenage/high school love story.

I might try for the second book, tho. Because people who liked this book hates the second one (due to the lack of the main character appearance which, I'm lowkey grateful of), so I might give it a try!
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TW: depression, self harm, bullying

The infinite noise is a wonderful and intense book and I can't recommend it enough! Told by two POVs, Adam and Caleb, the story follows their relationship, friendship and love. Caleb is an athlete, always quiet and kind, but after a fight against a schoolmate he's forced by his parents to go to therapy and there he will discover he's not exactly normal. He's an empath, he can feel what others feel and most of the time it's overwhelming. All feelings invade and
Jun 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Quirky cover and sounds like a book I am bound to enjoy.
I cant wait to read more about Caleb & Adam! These 2 teens have stolen my heart already and I've only read the first couple of chapters. Caleb is a guy that sounds like hes struggling with controlling his impulses after he hits another student one day at school. As we enter this story, Caleb and his therapist are going over his thoughts and feelings at the time that built up to the incident, and we start to feel for these kids that are fin
Tavleen Kaur
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-rep-tbr
I am not a fan of magical realism. I enjoy reading books set in the real world- without any fantastical elements and I enjoy fantasy books. Magical realism is a crossover in some sense and it has never appealed to me. This is the main reason The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen didn't work out for me.

I thought this book was just going to be a contemporary YA book about a boy who is an empath, who empathizes with people more than others. But this turned out to be a book that featured people with
Claude's Bookzone
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

CW: (view spoiler)

I really loved the relationship between Caleb and Adam. I thought the writer captured the blooms of first love so well that I felt warm with the sweetness of it all. The romance is pretty much the main focus of the story. Caleb learning to control his ability through therapy sessions softened that part of the story and it felt less important than the developing relationship. It was an interesting slant on the super power genre and
"We don't always have to love ourselves in order to receive love ourselves. Sometimes that's how we learn to love themselves."

"He keeps me green."

4.5 stars rounded up. The Infinite Noise was a book I came into expecting nothing, and it turned out that this book catered to me exactly. Full disclosure: I've listened to the entire Bright Sessions podcast prior to reading this and already loved Adam and Caleb prior to reading this book. In fact, the podcast was my primary reason for picking th
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, 2019, contemporary
To absolutely nobody's surprise, I LOVED THIS 💚

Rating: 4.5 stars

Some backstory on this book:

Once upon a time, in early 2017, I started listening to a podcast called The Bright Sessions. This podcast, which follows a therapist named Dr. Bright and her patients with unusual abilities, became my obsession for a while, and I listened religiously until the show’s end in 2018.

When I learned that Lauren Shippen, the show’s creator, head writer, and one of its actors, would be writing three YA novels fr
Feb 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-releases

Written by wonderful and talented Lauren Shippen
about two queer boys in love and about people with super powers
out in September 2019

I’m excited!
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Lauren Shippen is a writer most known for her work in fiction podcasts. She was the creator and sole writer of the popular audio drama The Bright Sessions, which ran from 2015 to 2018. She went on to executive produce The AM Archives and co-produce Passenger List before founding Atypical Artists, a company dedicated to audio storytelling. Most recently, she wrote MARVELS, an audio adaptation of th ...more

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“I don't even like me, why the hell would anyone else?'
Fuck. Why did I say that? Now she's got her Very Concerned voice on. She puts her hands on my shoulders and turns me to face her.
'I like you.'
'You're my mother, you have to like me—'
'I like you and your father likes you'—she talks over me—'and anyone who gets to know you will like you. Sometimes that's enough. We don't always have to love ourselves in order to receive love from others. Sometimes that's how we learn to love ourselves.”
“What's the word for when you're sitting at a table with someone you don't know all that well and they maybe just implied that you're gay and you are gay and you think they were trying to be inclusive or something but you kind of shut them down because they asked out your crush earlier and you really don't want to be having this conversation and now there's all this weird, unsaid stuff in the air that's making it hard to focus on your debate prep?

Is there a word for that?”
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