Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: August 27, 2013 by Amulet Books
Source: Library Loan
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Kudos to Lauren Myracle. When I picked up The Infinite Moment of Us and read the synopsis I expected a cutesy, sweet (possibly saccharine) romance. Instead it manages to capture the intense, sometimes overwhelming, feelings of first love in a very real (and non-cutesy) way.
Charlie and Wren were both likable characters and I enjoyed seeing their relationship unfold. Wren did seem a bit immature at times and her inner dialogue bordered on whining but otherwise she was a young woman doing her best to pull away from her parents, make her own decisions for the first time, and navigate a new and heady relationship. I hesitate to use the term 'damaged' for Charlie but he definitely had a difficult childhood. Despite that, or maybe because of it, he was sweet and loving and very protective of those he cared about. Wren's friend Tessa was a lot of fun and I kept picturing Rhiannon, Olive's best friend from the movie Easy A.
I would even compare this to Judy Blume's iconic Forever for a new generation. A realistic account of finding your way through a new and "adult" relationship while finding your own way as well.