Big books can be intimidating, right? When I look at a book with over 400 pages, I immediately start wondering if it’s worth the extra time that it will take me to read it. But Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler? I raced through its 460+ pages.
The book follows five teenagers about to start their freshman year of high school. After getting grouped together at a freshman orientation program, the teens decide to write letters to their future selves and re-read them together on graduation day. But what they write in their letters cannot prepare them for their fun, tragic, and surprising four years of high school. Here are 3 reasons why you need to read it!
When a book follows multiple characters, some characters are bound to overshadow the others. But this book keeps everything Even Steven. All five teens take turns telling the story, which allows you to glimpse into each character’s thoughts and behaviors. I felt equally connected to each teen and appreciated the “behind-the-scenes” look at their individual plotlines. The narration also made the book a quick read. Since the book is lengthy, I think only having one character telling the story would’ve made it feel long. But I felt like I was whipping through the pages. I really fell in love with Whitney, Jake, Zoe, Mia, and Gregor, and I think it’s all because they each told the story.
And speaking of the characters, they were diverse. We had white characters, a biracial character, a gay character, outsiders, a celebrity. And what made each of them unique was explored through their narration. It really felt like these teens had been randomly assorted into a high school orientation group. They were real, believable, and different. I appreciated their diverse perspectives.
3–The Theme—Expectations and Change
This book has a lot to do with expectations—especially expectations for high school, relationships, and personal identity. But as is often said, we don’t always get what we expect. And that is definitely the case for all of the teen characters. They each go through changes, surprises, heartaches, and disappointments. And that’s a good lesson to see played out in a book. We may have an idea for how our life will go, but you just don’t know what the next month, year, or four years will involve. Change can happen in an instant and it’s what we do with that change that makes or breaks us.
This was a 5 star read for me! I was so engrossed by the characters and their stories that I finished the book in about two days. A definite recommendation!
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