I was lucky enough to review THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US by Lauren Myracle for Bookbrowse – to be posted soon.
So, I’m not going to review it here as well. For an excellent thoughtful review, see this one on Stacked.
What’s my point? Well, it’s Banned Books week! Myracle is not stranger to the banning of books – over and over again she has been challenged for being honest and true in her portrayal of teenagers.
It will be interesting to see if THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US joins the conversation. It’s a love story, through and through. Taking place in the summer after high school, this is a healthy heterosexual relationship between two intelligent and thoughtful eighteen year old teens, Wren and Charlie. The story takes us through the spark of attraction, the thrill of infatuation, on to true intimacy. They become intimate on an emotional level. Because this story is told in alternating points of view, we know both Wren and Charlie are equally in love and devoted to the other. Ultimately, once they are both sure they are truly ready, and fully prepared in every way possible, they have sex.
Myracle doesn’t leave out the details. She is honest and direct, and portrays sexual intimacy as a natural progression of falling in love. Which, in my opinion, is what it should be in an ideal world.
If this book gets challenged or banned, it will be because of a fear of love.
Reading about sex does not mean a teen is ready for sex. It certainly doesn’t mean they are going to run out and try it for themselves. Well, they might – but it won’t be because of a book. That’s because of hormones. If a teen is reading to explore, to find out more about love – and sex – they should read this book. It provides a pretty ideal blueprint for how a healthy relationship might go. It doesn’t delve into religious or moral implications – that’s for each teen to wrestle and decide. I so wish I’d read this book as a teen.
The thing is, this book might only be banned in the quiet sort of way – where it doesn’t get picked up by certain libraries or schools, simply because it’s clear there are details that might make some adults uncomfortable. This is a great article on that kind of censorship. Some books are never challenged because they’re never bought, despite literary accolades. Others are bought, and then hidden. Or checked out by those who disapprove, and then are “lost.”
It’s the readers who lose out. They miss a book that might help them make sense of the world. A story that makes them feel connected, not so alone in their feelings. That makes them seek out love and truth.
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK