Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Review: Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler

Hello readers,

Well here it is! The first book review of the TBF season! Without further delay, take a look at Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler:

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.

Infinite in Between has some The Breakfast Club undertones. You have the popular girl, the celebrity's daughter, the shy but brilliant student, the jock and the band geek who are all brought together during freshman orientation (just as dreadful as detention). Throughout the novel, the five teens cross paths and some even become friends but they are separated by cliques and different interests. I found it endearing that even though the teens didn't interact together as one big group they are there for each other in small gestures and even get defensive if a secondary character gossips about them.

I loved the timeline in Infinite in Between. The book spans over four years, following all five narrators from freshman year to senior year. You see a lot of character growth from all of them. You'll be surprised on how many rises and falls can happen within four years that can shape and change someone. The challenges that the characters face such as divorce, substance abuse, death, love, betrayal, sexuality and finding your identity I
n the world are elements that all teens can relate to.

Infinite in Between is a must-read especially for teens who are entering high school. As the teens in the novel get older the subject matter does get a little bit mature but it's real and not something to deny or shy away from. I highly recommend Infinite in Between for readers who love The Breakfast Club and want a good heartfelt contemporary novel.

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