The Infinite Moment of Us

Lauren Myracle. Abrams/Amulet, $17.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0793-3
Myracle is no stranger to having her work challenged on the basis of “inappropriate” content, and this love story between two high school graduates may attract similar attention. But underlying some explicit and erotic scenes in which Wren Gray and Charlie Parker open their bodies to each other—along with their hearts, minds, and souls—is a rewarding account of two young people whose insecurities and personal histories weigh on the romance they work to build with each other. Poised and accomplished, Wren has always done what her parents have expected of her, while Charlie is a foster child, self-conscious about his often unpleasant upbringing, but fiercely protective of his current family. Will some readers be unable to see past the sex in the book? Yes. Will they be adults? Probably. In contrast to unhealthy depictions of sex and relationships that teenagers (and adults) are often exposed to in media and entertainment, Myracle offers up a passionate romance built on a bedrock of love, respect, and trust. And it’s difficult to see that as a bad thing. Ages 14–up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/08/2013
Release date: 08/01/2013
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