The Infinite Moment of Us - Lauren Myracle
The Infinite Moment of Us is a story about the love between Wren and Charlie. When I first started this novel I wasn’t all that impressed. I’m not a big fan of 3rd person narrative. So, it took me a little to get used to it. After I got used to the 3rd person narrative, I fell in love with the book. I definitely enjoyed the journey that Lauren takes you on. The tortured pasts of Charlie mixed with the Naïve sheltered life that Wren has lived was a great concoction. The story begins very light and airy, but then gets deeper and more involved with intertwining the past with the present.
The instant that Charlie’s eyes set on Wrens, he was done for. Wren was the same, she felt an instant connection to him, that can only be described as “their souls touched”. After a few chance encounters these two fall hard for one another. I don’t want to say that it was love at first sight, cause it wasn’t. It was so much more than that. The way that Lauren created the bond between these two characters was so real and genuine.
The romance between the two was pretty intense. I would get mad at times with both characters for being unbelievably stupid, but it wasn’t a throw the book at the wall type of mad. I guess it was frustration at the situation and how it was handled. Super realistic. Wren got on my nerves when she acted like a big baby, but I think that’s more to do with the fact that we all do the same thing. (well, at least I do) When I’m mad at someone, I go out of my way to avoid them or just make sure I know that the person KNOWS they did something to upset me. Yes, yes, it’s childish. Don’t pretend we don’t all do it. We all have our moments, so I pushed that aside.
I adored Charlie. He was devoted to his family and the people that he cared about. I didn’t agree with some of his choices, probably because I was team Wren all the way. However, I really liked that this novel had realistic situations that were handled as a normal person would handle them. Not everyone lives in a fairytale type of world and that’s probably the one this I liked most about this. Situations arise that need to be dealt with, and decisions are hard to make as a young adult. The Infinite Moment of Us really puts that into perspective.
I really think that this a great novel for Juniors and Seniors in high school. Not only do they get a great story, but they’ll get a lesson in life as well. A lesson about making the right choices, and the consequences that could happen. The characters in this story are all around 18, so I wouldn’t really consider this a Young Adult, but I wouldn’t consider it a New Adult either. There is a sex scene (pretty steamy at that) and there are a few innuendoes, which are pretty hot themselves… but they weren’t that bad. They were descriptive enough to please an older reader, but left enough out for a younger reader.
I really enjoyed this book and I’m so glad that I received it at BEA. The one thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending. I felt that the ending was super rushed and leaves too many possibilities. I’m really hoping there is a second one because I have way too many unanswered questions. Lauren did an amazing job with making me get the feels. The progression of the storyline was beautiful and I must say, that now I want myself a Charlie, and a ditch…
After you read this, I think you should listen to Hootie & the Blowfish – “I only wanna be with you” and then “Hold Your Hand” I swear, that song is PERFECT for Wren and Charlie. I know I’m dating myself with this reference but these songs NEED to be on this books playlist! As a matter of fact, I might just make my first book inspired playlist.