The Infinite Moment of Us
by Lauren Myracle
August 27, 2013
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
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.(Goodreads Summary.)
This was my first Lauren Myracle book, and although I have heard so many wonderful things about Shine, The Infinite Moment of Us was a disappointing read for me.
If I had to pinpoint why exactly, I think it would be lack of connection to the main characters. This book is not plot driven. It’s character driven, the story of two unlikely people meeting and forming an emotional and physical relationship. It is told in the alternating povs of Wren and Charlie. Wren is the girl who walks the straight and narrow, doesn’t defy her parents, and pretty much holds herself back from experiencing life. Charlie comes from the other side of the tracks, lives in a foster home with a disabled foster brother, and hangs with a sketchy girl who also has had a rough upbringing.
Wren is written pretty much as type, she’s also got the best friend that is more outgoing and pushing her to stand her ground against her parents and live a little. Charlie’s character is more complicated. Charlie isn’t a hood or a criminal. His foster home isn’t horrible, in fact, the opposite. His foster parents are loving and generous and Charlie gets along great with them and his little brother. Charlie is a likable, stand up guy. He’s got a bright future ahead of him and will be attending a great state college in the fall. He is not your typical bad boy/ guy from the wrong side of the tracks character and for this reason I really liked him. His parts of the book, his inner monologue and dialogue, felt authentic.
Wren on the other hand really annoyed me. I liked that she does stand up to her parents and ditches their plans for her to attend the prestigious Emory University medical program in favor for working in an outreach program in Guatemala. But Wren is so immature and needy in her relationship with Charlie. She treats him terribly in some instances, and makes some really horrible judgement calls. She is fickle and whiny and I felt as if she was completely unworthy of Charlie’s affection.
And in the end, that was what bothered me the most about this story. It’s not that I have to love every character I read, but I do want to understand their motivations. And I do want to see character growth. I was unable to do this with Wren’s character. Moreover, I still don’t really see what Charlie saw in her. He crushed on her from afar for years, but let me tell you, she doesn’t treat him very well. To be fair, she treats him better than his last girlfriend–but that girl was HORRIBLE and abusive. Wren certainly doesn’t treat Charlie as good as he deserved. Because of this I never felt any real connection to this couple and what they were working towards. They seemed unlikely in the beginning, but as they got to know each other, they just felt ill suited and not anything I could get behind and cheer for.
I have other issues with this book too. There was a big event that goes down with Charlie’s ex near the end that felt way overblown and really unnecessary. It was the sort of thing that gave me some eye roll sprain. Never a good thing.
And I am not exactly sure if The Infinite Moment of Us is a standalone or setting up for a series, because it ends quite abruptly. I think it’ll be a shame if it goes the route of a series because, honestly, this story could easily be wrapped up with the addition of just a few more pages.
In any event, I’m afraid I won’t be continuing on. I really liked Charlie, I think he’s a great character, but I think this particular love story is a bust. That being said I do still want to read Shine by this author, because so many people have raved about that book.