It really does pain me to write this review because I was so hopeful that this book would be something special and sweet. Sadly, I was very disappointed and I couldn’t finish the book. For that reason, my review will only reflect the 33% of the book that I did read.
The Infinite Moment of Us is about a girl called Wren whose life is commanded by her parents. Tell her to jump off a cliff, and she’ll go do it. Wren was so infuriating and I just wanted to shake her so much and tell her to grow a pair. She did everything to please her parents and it was like her life revolved around theirs and vice versa. To be fair, I can see why she was so scared by them because when one thing happens in the book they end up saying they’re disappointed in her and tell her she’s throwing her life away. For people who are supposedly looking out for their daughter’s welfare, they sure are pushing her away.
Charlie is the male protagonist and was even more pathetic than Wren. He declared his love for her when they’d only had a few encounters and weren’t even going out. Yes, there were parts of his life that made me feel sorry for him, but compared to a lot of other people in similar situations, he was extremely lucky. He had a loving home and people who cared about him.
The romance in this book was hinted at from the first chapter which led on to something that felt like insta-love. The note at the start of the book hints at a slow romance that carefully builds up but we have Wren and Charlie practically agreeing to marry each other not even halfway through the book. None of it felt real and this is one of the things that disappointed me the most because a great romance was promised.
The plot felt unrealistic, the dialogue felt forced and I was left pulling my hair out on numerous occasions. I felt like huge chunks of writing were put in just for the sake of it and I must have annotated five billion times that things weren’t even necessary.
The cover is so gorgeous and I’d definitely buy this if I saw this in a bookshop. Sadly, this is one of the only things that I liked about the book and I wish the book reflected the cover more.
The Infinite Moment of Us was such a cringy and frustrating novel. I doubt I’ll be reading anything else by this author in the future. It’s really saddened me that I didn’t like it.
Anya15 August, 2013 at 10:19 am
Dude, that really sucks that you didn’t like it. It feels horrible when you can’t finish a book when you were so excited for it 🙁
Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf15 August, 2013 at 3:21 pm
Sorry the book didn’t live up to your expectations. You’re right, the cover is gorgeous and I probably would have bought it because of that. Thankfully I read this review first! Great review, even though you didn’t enjoy it. ^_^
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Catherine (The Book Parade)15 August, 2013 at 4:21 pm
HEY LUCY!! 😀 Sorry I haven’t been around for…well…ages!! 🙁 I’ve missed visiting your brilliant blog though, and I’m so glad to be back!! 🙂
Wow, looks like this one really fell flat… :/ It’s a shame, because looking at the cover, I would have probably been totally sucked into buying it too. The synopsis also makes it sound like a sweet read with good potential but the stuff you mention in your review that disappointed you are things I know that would bug me too. Oh well. At least we’ve all learned a lesson in not judging a book by its cover haha 😉 Fab review, thanks for sharing your honest opinion 🙂
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Rebekah @ Reflections of a Bookworm15 August, 2013 at 5:15 pm
Ahhhhh sounds like an absolute nightmare. When I saw this on NetGalley, it did seem like there would be a bit of insta-love but the extent of it sounds ridiculous. Sorry the dialogue was clunky as well 🙁
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Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa17 August, 2013 at 3:10 pm
Gah its so irritating when the cover is better than the book itself! I think you did well to get through a third. Sorry it was so disappointing though!
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