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416 pages, Paperback
First published June 8, 2014
I did not like, Bonnie Rae, the female protagonist.
Perhaps I would have loved this story had Bonnie not been so annoying and selfish. Perhaps I wouldn't have skimmed the last 50% had the references to the original Bonnie and Clyde not gotten progressively more contrived.
As it is, I couldn't comprehend why Bonnie chose that particular course of action when she simply could have taken a leave of absence from being a superstar. Furthermore, she had countless opportunities to call the news stations, the police, or even her lawyers, especially with everyone thinking she'd been abducted by, Infinity 'Finn' Clyde, the male protagonist.
But of course she didn't, otherwise the story would have ended at chapter 3. Instead, we got childish banter and ridiculous plot twists that depicted Bonnie as this saintly flower child who gave money away and loved everyone. I. was. bored.
I love Ms Harmon and think she's gifted at weaving heartrending stories but, Infinity + One was sophomoric and depressing. Shame, really.
"We're Bonnie and Clyde! Wanted and unwanted. Caged and cornered. We're lost and we're alone. We're a big, tangled mess. We're a shot in the dark. We're two people who have nowhere else, no one else, and yet, suddendly that feels like enough for me..."Infinity + One is a love story designed by divine intervention. A tale that involves, "kidnapping, extortion, theft, grand theft, assualt, and attempted murder." Or does it...are the news reports telling half truths as they chase Bonnie and Clyde across the country?! Just like the original Bonnie & Clyde their story seems timeless.
“Bonnie and Clyde. Lets just hope this little adventure has a better ending than theirs did.”
“I believe in numbers. The ones you can see and the ones you can’t. The real and imaginary, the rational and irrational, and every point on the lines that go on forever. Numbers have never let me down. They don’t waffle. They don’t lie. They don’t pretend to be what they’re not. They’re timeless.”
“I believe in music. I guess music is for me what numbers are for you. There’s power in music. There’s healing in it. God is there in it too, if you let him be. Growing up, in Grassley, everybody was so poor, Jesus was the only thing we had left… so I believed in him too. And God and music, once they are truly yours, are the two things people can’t take away from you.”
“We’re Bonnie and Clyde! Wanted and unwanted. Caged and cornered. We’re lost and we’re alone. We’re a big, tangled mess. We’re a shot in the dark. We’re two people who have nowhere else, no one else, and yet, suddenly that feels like enough for me!”What happens when the adventure turns out to be more than either of them bargined for? A cross country trip turns into a crazy and intense journey.
“Infinity + one does equal two, see? Me and you.”
Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.
Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.
One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?
Clyde’s eyes met mine. “You comin’?”
“I just need time –”
“Time for what?”
“Time heals all wounds, right?”
“What wounds, Bonnie?”
“You want to hear the poor pop star complain, Clyde?”
“Yeah, I do.”
“The girl was trouble, but she was also IN trouble, and Finn knew he couldn’t walk away. Maybe it was Bonnie’s penchant for disaster. She’d apparently used up every bit of luck she was ever going to get in this life on the lottery of superstardom, because she was an accident waiting to happen. Everywhere they turned, everything she touched seemed to go south in a hurry. And yet here he was, beside her, trying to figure out what to do, what was best for her, and whether or not she’d be the death of him… or worse.”
“It wasn’t a soft kiss or a sweet kiss. It was a “you-scared-me-and-messed-with-me-and-I’m-mad-and-relieved-and-frustrated-as-hell” kind of kiss.”
“We’re Bonnie and Clyde! Wanted and unwanted. Caged and cornered. We’re lost and we’re alone. We’re a big tangled mess. We’re a shot in the dark. We’re two people who have nowhere else, no one else, and yet, suddenly that feels like enough.”
“There was a point, a place in time, where all roads but one are blind. And there is only one way you can go, one direction. For me, for Bonnie Rae Shelby, Finn Clyde was that road, and I wouldn’t give him up.”
The events of our journey seemed unavoidable and pre-destined, almost as if Finn and I were being pulled against our wills toward an inevitable conclusion.When it comes to Amy Harmon, I have huge expectations. Simply put, I adore her storytelling. She always offers unique and fresh characters. In a book world inundated with the same story lines told over and over again. I can always count of Amy to step out of the box, deliver something new, teach me a lesson or two, and make me want to be a better person.
"Rich, poor, sick, healthy—we’re all just drowning in dreams and hoping someone else will make them come true.”Bonnie and Finn are an unlikely pair who seem destined to cross paths - a hillbilly country star and ex-con with a passion for numbers. They are struggling to find a way out of their current situations and end up embarking on a journey to find a better life.
“We really aren’t anything like Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.”Bonnie is consumed with grief, and it has left her exhausted. Everyone wants something from her, especially her controlling grandmother. All Bonnie wants is to escape.
“I’ve decided that the media doesn’t care, Bonnie Rae. They want us to be . . . and so that’s the story they’ll tell.”
“We’re Bonnie and Clyde! Wanted and unwanted. Caged and cornered. We’re lost and we’re alone. We’re a big, tangled mess. We’re a shot in the dark. We’re two people who have nowhere else, no one else, and yet, suddenly that feels like enough for me! I’m sorry if it’s not enough for you.”Infinity + One is a slower paced story, it's complex and well written. It will not be for everyone. I personally enjoyed it, even though my eyes may have crossed a few times with the math lessons. It's a story of hope, love, second chances and faith. At 99% I had chills. <33
"Infinity plus one does equal two, see? Me and you.”
"I believe in music. I guess music is for me what numbers are for you. There's power in music. There's healing in it. God is there in it, too, if you let Him be." (Bonnie)
Shayna Harris was juggling a lot of crap. And shit is incredibly difficult to juggle. No matter how hard you try, it still falls apart and slips through your fingers and, even when you're managing to keep it aloft, it still stinks.
She was convinced that behind everyone in need was an opportunity to make the world a better place. It was like she knew she had only a little while to leave her mark and that's the way she decided to leave it. It wasn't a bad way to be.
"I've done right by you, Bonnie. I have. I've taken care of you and I've watched out for you. And I can feel good about that. I haven't taken anything from you that I didn't earn or that wasn't fair. But I haven't earned this, Bonnie. I haven't earned you. And if I take you, all that stuff people are saying will be true." (Finn)
“I'm a felon. You're a superstar. Enough said.”
One ex-con thor-like mathmatical-genius
One tormented famous-rich hillbilly-singer
= One awesome love story.
“We're Bonnie and Clyde! Wanted and unwanted. Caged and cornered. We're lost and we're alone. We're a big, tangled mess. We're a shot in the dark. We're two people who have nowhere else, no one else.”
"What's Infinity plus one?"
"It's not Infinity after all. It's not even two. It's one, Bonnie Rae. Didn't you tell me? You and me? We're two halves of a whole."
“You and I both know you aren’t gonna do it. Cut the drama, climb down, and I’ll take you wherever you wanna go.”
His words cemented my resolve. And I saw the moment when he knew it. His mouth moved around in a silent curse and his eyes widened.
I leaned into the fog and let go.
"One of these days, a girl is going to come along, and you won't even see her comin'. And she'll rock your world." Fisher said this like it was a done deal.
"They weren't good people," I added, but even I heard the reluctance in my voice.
"So why the fascination? Why are there movies made about them, museums built for them? Why did this old lady– I read the author's name off the bottom of the booklet– love them so much?"
"You tell me, Bonnie. Why the fascination?"
"Because they loved each other."
Weightless and endless. Timeless and restless. Hopelessly breathless.
I believe in Bonnie and Clyde
“I don’t really want to die… I just don’t want to live very bad… But maybe that will change if I can just get away for a while… figure out who I am and what I want.”
“Finn saw something he’s seen on a thousand faces in the last six and a half years. Beat-down, hopeless, finished, blank. It was a look he had battled in his own reflection. It was defeat.”
“Everybody has the blues. Maybe that’s all they are. But they feel more like grays than blues, and more black than gray sometimes.”
“I believe in numbers. The ones you can see and the ones you can’t. The real and the imaginary, the rational and the irrational, and every point on lines that go on forever. Number have never let me down. They don’t waffle. They don’t lie. They don’t pretend to be what they’re not. They’re timeless.”
“He was usually good at figuring things out, good at unraveling complicated equations and ferreting out solutions to problems most people wouldn’t even attempt. But that was math and Bonnie was a woman, and the functions and formulas that ruled one had no obvious bearing on the other. Here he was, surrounded by a complex, puzzling, and illusive problem, and he wasn’t talking about math. Bonnie should be running from him as far and fast as she could, and for the life of him he couldn’t figure her out.”
“We’re Bonnie and Clyde! Wanted and unwanted. Caged and cornered. We’re lost and we’re alone. We’re a big tangled mess. We’re a shot in the dark. We’re two people who have nowhere else, no one else, and yet, suddenly that feels like enough for me!”
“Infinity plus one does equal two… Me and you.”