“An Honest Book Review of The Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler”
by Vanditha Krishnan
There are books that you want to read again, and then there are books that you can’t stop rereading. The Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler is one of those books -- I first picked up this fascinating YA novel a year ago, but I have postponed reading it until last weekend. I’m so glad that I decided to start this novel, because once you begin it you’ll never want to stop reading it!
Plot: Mia, Whitney, Gregor, Zoe, and Jake are all freshmen in high school, and they meet each other on the first day of school. All five of them bond so quickly that they decide to reunite after 12th grade graduation. The Infinite In Between illustrates the life experiences that each one of these wonderful teenagers face.
Characters: I need to start off with Mia, because she’s the character I can mostly connect with. Mia finds it hard to speak up for herself and to attend social events; anything that involves other people, really. As a result, her shyness leads her to being the observer of the group. Whitney is her polar opposite; she just needs to stand out from the crowd. Despite both Mia and Whitney’s lives being drastically different, both girls share the tightest bond of all -- friendship. Gregor is the band geek, his life revolves around playing the cello. Little does anyone else know that his relationships with family and friends is not the best. Throughout The Infinite In Between, Gregor attempts to stabilize himself and to fit in. Zoe lives in her famous mother’s shadow, and she desperately tries to get out of it. Her carefree spirit doesn’t bode well with her tightly wound-up mother. Finally, Jake struggles to find his identity throughout his years of high school. He truly wants the right connections, and tries to get them in this novel.
Thoughts: I’m usually not a contemporary fiction reader, but the cover along with the blurb caught my attention from the start. I adore reading from multiple characters’ POV’s, because it allows me to experience each one of the characters’ true thoughts and feelings. Although there were parts of this book that were quite boring, the overall novel was amazing and definitely thought-provoking. If you enjoy a slightly romantic realistic fiction novel, or if you’re looking for a fairly quick read (462 pages), The Infinite In Between was made for you!
My Rating: 8.5/10