Sunday, April 27, 2014
The Infinite Moment of Us Book Review
Author: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
ARC provided by publisher
Confession time here. This is the first Lauren Myracle book I've read. I know her books have been banned a gazillion times, and more power to her for not being afraid to write about things she knows will offend some readers in order to reach those readers who connect to the material.
The Infinite Moment of Us is a romance about a Wren, a sheltered good girl, and Charlie, a foster kid who had a rough start in life. The book starts with them just before high school graduation. They run in different crowds, but they have secret crushes on each other. An accident gets them together and they have a blissful summer romance.
But once fall comes, Wren will be off to Guatemala for a gap year and Charlie will be going to college. This is the biggest conflict in the book, and the ending was no surprise. (There is conflict between Charlie and Wren via a psycho ex-girlfriend of Charlie's, but it only serves as a plot point to separate Charlie and Wren at a crucial time.)
There is also sex. There are girls as sheltered as Wren who would appreciate a graphic step-by-step description of Wren's first time. Such girls would probably also appreciate a step-by-step description of how Wren managed to get on birth control without her parents knowing, but Myracle only has Wren casually mention to a friend that she got it.
The Infinite Moment of Us is mostly an undemanding story of first love, but the explicit sex isn't going to be for everyone. Know your reader before you recommend.