Mini Reviews: How to Love by Katie Cotugno and The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Tuesday, 29 October 2013










I recently read two contemporary romance novels and I was disappointed in both of them, but for different reasons. I thought that I should combine their reviews into one post. So here they are:





Book: How to Love

Author: Katie Cotugno

Publisher: Baltzer and Bray

Pages: 389 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from Chapters
Goodreads Summary
Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind. 

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again? 

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.


I had heard a lot about this book and how amazing it was. I actually pre-ordered this one and put it on my most anticipated fall TBR book. (see that post here) I was severely disappointed in this book. I was expecting something so much different, so much more in all senses of the word and I was let down.

In contemporary, I find that if the characters are lacking, then the story takes a huge hit. This is because there is no magic or crazy world to hide behind. I found both the characters of Reena and Sawyer to be lacking and annoying. First off, Reena really bugged me. I understand that she has had a lot of hard things happen to her, and I feel for her. But I couldn't help but think that she needs to grow up just a little. I mean, she's a parent! Be a role model for your daughter, and stop whining. I just got so frustrated with her. And then Sawyer. Ugh, Sawyer. I can totally see why Reena would want to fall for him once, but again?? I was so done with him.


I was not a fan of the characters, and I didn't enjoy this book. 2 stars.






Book: The Infinite Moment of Us

Author: Lauren Myracle

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 316 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from Chapters





Goodreads Summary 
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them... 
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.


First off, I really don't think this book should be considered YA, but instead New Adult. I just believe that the sexual aspect should be taken into consideration and for older YA readers.

But in this book, I found myself really disliking the pacing. The beginning was much too slow for me, the middle (including the start of Wren and Charlies relationship) went way too fast and the ending wasn't satisfying! This book was all over the place and I felt as though it wasn't ready to be published. Yes, the story was a good idea, but it wasn't executed properly. I didn't like the way it jumped around and the start of the relationship was rushed through.

I did not like this one at all. 1/5 stars. Do not recommend.

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

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