Book Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle


The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Amulet Books, Expected Publication Date: 8/20/13
Hardcover, 366 Pages


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.

My thoughts…

When I pick up a Lauren Myracle book, I know two things. Lauren Myracle knows teenagers and Lauren Myracle can write teenagers. I will never forget when I finished Shine and just sat in stunned silence for ten minutes thinking, “WOW. WOW. WOW.” I had a fangirl moment the next day, tweeted Lauren, thanked her for writing Shine and told her how important Shine is for teenagers, and well everyone, really. She is a very gracious person, and whenever someone asks what three authors would I like to have dinner with, she is on that list. (What? You haven’t thought about this?) I was very excited when I got approved to read The Infinite Moment of Us last month and although it is a very different book from Shine, I appreciated its themes of first love and growing up.

I thought the teenage voices in this book were dead on and readers will easily identify with Wren, Charlie and their friends. Wren’s parents want the best for their daughter. The very best. An example? They go a bit overboard with a car deal for graduation that comes with strings attached. Not surprisingly, their perfect dreams for their perfect daughter are blown away when Wren reveals a change of plans. But is it really what she wants? Does she even know what she wants? Aren’t these questions we’ve all asked ourselves time and time again? It’s an understatement that Wren is constantly battling between pleasing those around her and finding her wings to fly from home.

Lauren Myracle includes a letter to readers in the front of her book that tells readers it is not about sex, but definitely has sex in it. Here’s more from the letter: “So, yeah, sex is part of the mix, and I trust you that you, and teen readers can handle it… I hope it will remind you of love, and captures something genuine of love”. Several readers on Goodreads tagged this title as New Adult instead of Young Adult. While I’m still trying to figure out what New Adult is exactly, I would recommend you read this book before you put it in your classroom library, and as always, know your readers.

Bottom Line – this is a well written coming of age story from an author that gets it.

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 7/29/13


It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Here’s what I read last week on my road trip to Oklahoma:

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The Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 9/27/11
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Review: 5/5 Stars
One of the very best audiobooks I have ever listened to!


The Social Code (The Start Up #1) by Sadie Hayes
Original Title The Start Up (2011)
Netgalley book – Projected publication 9/3/13
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Review: 2/5 Stars


The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Amulet Books, NetGalley Book – Projected publication date 8/20/13
New Adult Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Review 4/5 Stars

My favorite read of the week….

Hands down and without a doubt my favorite read this week was The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. WOW! This book is spectacular and the audiobook narration is amazing. Taylor’s characters are so richly developed and the plot had me on the edge of my seat. This is one of my favorite books, ever. I cannot wait to make time to listen to book #2, Days of Blood and Starlight, which came out last year. Now I just need to plan another road trip so I can listen to it! Hmmm…

Here’s what I plan to read this week:

(Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)


This week I am planning to read two books from my classroom TBR pile that I lugged home in June – Super and Legend and two books from authors I love, Relatively Famous by Jessica Park and Fly Away, the sequel to Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. A good balance of school and summer reading just for me. How are you balancing your summer reading this year?

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 7/22/13


It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

 Here’s what I read last week…

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
5/7/13, 309 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Fans of Sara Zarr will not be disappointed! Great book!
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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
8/13/13, 288 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This is a gut wrenching, can’t look away book. So powerful!
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pivot point
Pivot Point (Pivot Point Series #1) by Kasie West
2/12/13, 343 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
A fresh debut from Kasie West that was EXCELLENT!
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My pick of the week goes to…

While I read some great book this week, Pivot Point really stood out. I loved the format the author chose to write in and the subject matter was fresh, exciting and fun. Great characters and the ending blew me away! Definitely try and fit this one in soon!

This week…

I am on the road and heading out west on a family vacation of sorts. I’ve stocked up on audiobooks and ebooks for the car ride and am excited to check out the sequel to Powerless by Matthew Cody, my girl, Lauren Myracle’s newest,  The Infinite Moment of Us, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I have want to read for ages, and a book that looked interesting to me on NetGalley – The Social Code.



What are you reading this week?

Lesley ♥