Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review: The Infinite in Between

Printz Honor author Carolyn Mackler returns with this striking new novel that chronicles the lives of five teenagers through the thrills, heartbreaks, and joys of their four years in high school.

Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. So much can happen in those in-between years….
Zoe feels like she will live forever in her famous mother’s shadow. Jake struggles to find the right connections in friendship and in love. Mia keeps trying on new identities, looking for one that actually fits. Gregor thought he wanted to be more than just a band geek. And Whitney seems to have it all, until it’s all falling apart around her.
Echoing aspects of John Hughes’s The Breakfast Club, Carolyn Mackler skillfully brings the stories of these five disparate teens together to create a distinct and cohesive whole—a novel about how we can all affect one another’s lives in the most unexpected and amazing ways.

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My Review: 

I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first Mackler novel. It's easy to make parallels between Infinite in Between and the Breakfast Club, but being a fan of the 80's movie isn't a requirement for liking this Novel.

Mackler does an amazing job introducing a varied and diverse set of students and showing their struggles and strengths throughout high school. This is not a book you want to pick up if you're looking for adventure and a Big Suspenseful Climax. There are plenty of moments where I worried for our characters (who, by the way, all earned the title of Sweet Cinnamon Roll) and raced to the next page.

This is a book, rather, that may save someone. Someone who might be lonely traversing the first year of high school, or feels like no one understands. This is the book I wish I would have had as a young student, questioning not only my sexuality but my racial identity as a biracial woman. 

Mackler doesn't just write heroes either. She writes That Annoying Person, That Jealous Person, That Person That Was Cool At First But Now You Can't Stand. She writes something real and nostalgic. This book is definitely one of my favorites.

P.S I just want to say I LOVE the prologue. Very reminiscent of Looking For Alaska with the numbers.

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