Monday, May 18, 2015

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith [Review]

A Sense of the Infinite4.5 out of 5 Robots!

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith

Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: May 19, 2015
Hardcover: 400 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn’t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe’s new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she’s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it harder to eat or even breathe.

But most especially, she isn’t prepared to lose Noe.

For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don’t involve Annabeth. Without Noe’s constant companionship, Annabeth’s world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she’s really meant to be—with her best friend or without.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I don't generally like "issue books", but Hilary T. Smith wins that showdown.  This is my second book by her and I decided I will read anything she writes.  

Here is what I liked:
**I loved the rawness of Hilary's writing.  That's what Annabeth's feelings feel like to me: scrubbed raw.  And admittedly, she has a lot going on her plate: an awful truth about her family, a probable eating disorder, crippling social anxiety and a best friend who is sometimes more harmful than helpful.  But then Annabeth finds herself on her own and in even more trouble.  She becomes slightly unmoored with Noe, but also starts to find her own strength too.

**I love that Hilary approaches some heavy topics without judgement.  She presents them and then lets her characters feel out their thoughts on it.  Her characters feel very much alive in this sense.

**I liked the push-pull of Noe and Annabeth's relationship.  Annabeth is very much dependent on Noe, to the point where she doesn't know how to exist without her.  It is hard to see Annabeth flail when Noe pulls away, but I thought this give and take between them perfectly captures how sometimes the people we thought would be in our lives forever become strangers. 

Here is what I didn't like:
**There really wasn't much I didn't like.  The only thing I can really mention is that the chapters are short and choppy.  I kind of liked it, personally, but I can see it bothering some people.  


I really liked how Hilary explored teenage problems without judgement or angst.  I love how real her characters felt.  And I loved how she made me remember just how heartbreaking and confusing being a teenage girl can be sometimes.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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