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Infinite in Between

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Infinite in Between

Gregor, Whitney, Zoe, Jake and Mia all meet at freshman orientation. As part of their ice breaker activity, they decide to write letters to their future selves and promise to unearth them together during graduation. What they don’t realize is that each one of them has secrets and surprises, hidden from the world. Gregor is hopelessly in love with beautiful, serene Whitney. Whitney seems to have everything together and admires superstar Zoe. Zoe is constantly battling her superstar status due to her famous mother, and wondering about who she truly is. Jake knows he has a crush on his best friend Ted but he is too afraid to admit it to him. Mia silently watches them all but says nothing while she tries to grapple with her own demons. As the five teens go through their high school journey, can they each overcome their greatest obstacles?
 
This amazing book by Printz Honor-winning author Carolyn Mackler --- who has also written books such as TANGLED, and THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS ---is truly a must-read. Through her empathetic writing, simple yet alluring tone and free usage of modern slang, Mackler truly crafts the masterful story of a touching high school journey.
 
Through her empathetic writing, simple yet alluring tone and free usage of modern slang, Mackler truly crafts the masterful story of a touching high school journey.
 
It is fascinating to see each of the main characters grow and change throughout INFINITE IN BETWEEN. New people come into their lives and many old friends exit them. New problems arise as old ones are solved, and unexpected people cause both miraculous and catastrophic events. It is wonderful to see how each of the main characters enters and exits the lives of the other characters in such small but profound ways. INFINITE IN BETWEEN fully captures the essence of high school, from the nervous butterflies before the first day of freshman year to the dreaded goodbyes during the last day of senior year, and all the ups and downs in between.
 
I really enjoyed INFINITE IN BETWEEN because I thought it was very relatable, and think that everyone who reads it will be able to connect to at least one character. I really wasn't able to put this book down, and I felt that the multiple characters and multiple plots kept the reader from getting bored.
 
I wouldn't recommend INFINITE IN BETWEEN to anyone the under age of 14 or 15 because it has quite a lot of sexual lingo and profane words, but I found it to be a very enjoyable reading experience. Not only was it entertaining, but it gave me a thoughtful perspective on life itself. If anything, the book shows that our destinies are like threads on a cloth, constantly interwoven with those of others.

Reviewed by Vaishnavi S., Teen Board Member on September 2, 2015

Infinite in Between
by Carolyn Mackler

  • Publication Date: September 27, 2016
  • Genres: Women's Fiction, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0061731099
  • ISBN-13: 9780061731099