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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Infinite Moment of Us, Lauren Myracle

From the Publisher:
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 . . .
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction's greatest writers.

Strengths: Realistic portrayal of (some) young people who are madly in love (and lust). Wren is really struggling with doing what she wants to do as opposed to what her parents want her to do, which I think is the case for a lot of young people.  The approval of our parents is something most of us wanted as adolescents.  Most of us didn't want to disappoint our parents, either.  But lots of young people have a different vision for their lives than their parents do, and figuring out how to handle that is difficult.
And both of these strengths lead me to weaknesses: I just didn't find Wren's handling of the whole situation with her parents to work for me. It never felt right. And while I am all for some teen romance, this book is definitely not middle school appropriate - too graphic - and I'm not sure it was really necessary to spell it out quite so much even for older teens. No doubt, many older teen readers are sure to disagree with me and call me a fuddy duddy, but there you have it.

While I wanted to really love this book, this one didn't quite work for me.

Read as an e-ARC.

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