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Title: The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Amulet
Publication Date: Aug 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now… not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them…

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The Infinite Moment of Us is one of those books that sweep you off your feet. It makes you believe in soul-mates, destiny and true love. Complete and utter deliciousness.

The third person narrative gives a voyeuristic feel to the story. Yet, in this instance, it doesn’t  present a barrier to connecting to the characters. The alternating focus provides insight and understanding to the characters themselves as well as the plot.

Charlie and Wren couldn’t have more different upbringings. Wren has extremely controlling parents, she has done everything in her power to please them in order to gain their affection. Even to the point of unhappiness. While Charlie is a product of the foster system following a traumatic infant-hood.

Wren doesn’t cope well with conflict and has always viewed her parents love as conditional on her doing as she is told. She constantly questions herself as a result, her likes and dislikes, her parents don’t let her think for herself let alone express an opinion. Wren is kind, sensitive yet with an underlying sarcasm – she really is my kind of girl 🙂

Charlie has a desperate longing to be needed, at times it clouds his judgement, seeking that connection in the wrong place and feeling obligated to the wrong people. He is sensitive, adorable and caring. However, there are times when I literally wanted to shake him,  shouting at the book that some people just can’t be helped putting his own happiness in jeopardy.

There are elements of nature versus nurture within the plot, thought provoking at times while emotionally devastating at other points. Both Wren and Charlie are incredibly lonely in different ways, outsiders in their own lives.

I have to mention Starrla at this point, if I could have stepped into the book and slapped her I would have. I absolutely hated her, I understood how her life was awful and how it had shaped her. BUT I couldn’t generate an ounce of sympathy for her, I know this might make me seem callous but Starrla is one of those people that are perfectly content in being a self-fulfilling prophecy, embracing it with both hands and bringing everyone down with them. I can feel my anger at her bubbling under the surface just thinking about her.

Lauren Myracle perfectly captures the indecision and pressures of youth. How can anyone possibly decide the course of their entire future at that age. The transition between high school and college where the possibilities are endless. The speculation of where the future will take you adds another emotional element to the story.

I felt as if fate/destiny stepped in to guide Charlie and Wren to each other, opening up a whole new world of opportunity for both of them. We all know the path to true love isn’t a smooth one; relationships take work to be able to flourish. Moments of heartache are overshadowed by the deep sense of warm and fuzziness that the story produces. For most of the book I had a sappy smile plastered to my face 🙂 It really is super cute, blending perfectly the sweet with the smexy.

Other issues are touched on within the plot including gun safety, bullying, friendship and disabilities. With so much going on the use of the third person narrative was understandable. Although it is the character development that shines through the story and stays with you for a longtime afterward.

I would love to know what happens to Charlie and Wren in the future. I wonder if we can persuade Lauren to write a novella for them 🙂