*I’m going to be starting a new segment on Book Savant: Mini Reviews! In these short bursts, I’ll be summarizing the book, commenting on what I liked and disliked about it, and if I would recommend it to a friend. Short, sweet, and perfect if a fellow reader wants to know whether to pick up a certain book or not. And we’ll be starting Mini Reviews with The Infinite Moment of us by Lauren Myracle!*
Summary: Wren Gray graduates high school, ready for whatever life has next for her. She deferred university for a year in favor for travelling to Guatemala for a volunteer project. Enter Charlie Parker: a poor and underprivileged kid who falls for Wren over the summer. The Infinite Moment of Us is a young adult contemporary between a girl and a boy who couldn’t be any more different.
What I Liked: I loved loved loved the story’s characters. All of them were all very richly written- even the “antagonist”- and seemed like actual, real people. The novel’s setup was beautifully done as well, but the plot…
What I Disliked: Let me start off by saying that the original summary of the book sounds amazing. Sadly, I found it to be deceiving. As I said before, the plot’s setup had potential: A girl who is struggling to find herself despite her suffocating parentage. Instead of the novel focusing on the issues with the characters (and there were a lot), it disproportionately focused on the relationship between Charlie and Wren- and not in a way that’s enjoyable in a YA contemporary.
Would I Recommend it? In all honesty, no. Unless you’re a fan of reading about teens having sex for about 200 pages without any real plot development, this book isn’t for you. (And no, I’m not shaming the book for the sex, I’m upset that the book didn’t have any substance to it whatsoever).
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Until next time!