Infinity + One by Amy Harmon
Published: June 8th, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Part Of A Series? No, it’s a standalone ♡
Other Books From Author: Making Faces, A Different Blue, Running Barefoot, Purgatory series
Why I Picked This Up: I love Amy Harmon. She has a way with words and storytelling, so I knew I couldn’t go wrong with one of her books. And with a buddy read offer… how could I resist? There’s nothing better than reading a good book with friends!
WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?
When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?
Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.
Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.
One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?
With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.
Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.
REACTION UPON FINISHING
“What’s Infinity plus one?”
“It’s not Infinity after all. It’s not even two. It’s one, Bonnie Rae. Didn’t you tell me? You and me? We’re two halves of a whole.
Infinity + One was a sweet, smile-into-your-pillow kind of story. It’s the perfect book to escape into after a tough or dark read.
This is my second book by Amy Harmon. I read Making Faces and absolutely loved it ♥ However, Infinity Plus One fell a little flat to me. This book was like a roller coaster. Started out really promising and only getting better and better… and then you hit the middle and it was like a chore to read through… and then you get to the end and it was great again.
If it was any other author I might have called it quits and sadly mark it down as a DNF, but I knew that there had to be something more. Maybe I just got caught up in all the shining reviews *shrugs*
Despite the okayness of the story, the writing was spectacular. Amy Harmon really knows how to write a book. There were a lot of really nice quotes and her writing allows you to connect with the characters.
“You and I both know you aren’t gonna do it. Cut the drama, climb down, and I’ll take you wherever you wanna go.”
His words cemented my resolve. And I saw the moment when he knew it. His mouth moved around in a silent curse and his eyes widened.
I leaned into the fog and let go.
From reading one of Amy Harmon’s previous books, I figured that if there was one thing I can count on, it was a lovable heroine. Sadly this wasn’t the case. Bonnie was too much of everything. Too vulnerable, too naive, too much in the habit of making insane, careless decisions.
“One of these days, a girl is going to come along, and you won’t even see her comin’. And she’ll rock your world.” Fisher said this like it was a done deal.
For me, Clyde is what saved the story. He was sweet and so understanding. So understanding. I really don’t think I would have been able to survive so long with Bonnie. Clyde was always looking out for Bonnie since he met her one the bridge.
Infinity James Clyde Bonnie Rae Shelby
“They weren’t good people,” I added, but even I heard the reluctance in my voice.
“So why the fascination? Why are there movies made about them, museums built for them? Why did this old lady– I read the author’s name off the bottom of the booklet– love them so much?”
“You tell me, Bonnie. Why the fascination?”
“Because they loved each other.”
As for their adventuress… it was cute and definitely entertaining, although not every realistic. Everything that was happening to them was so outrageous.
FACTORS FOR RATING
+ The writing. Amy Harmon truly is a storyteller. I was tempted to go highlighter crazy many times while reading Infinity Plus One. You can tell she’s passionate about what she’s writing and that comes across to the reader
+ Clyde. Clyde, oh Clyde, where can I find you? Like I said, for me, he saved the story. At one point, he was the only thing motivating me to continue on. He’s quite the hero!
– I began to struggle with the story around the halfway point. It seemed like there was so much happening, yet not enough (that made no sense lol). Bonnie & Finn had so much going on around them, yet they were in this impenetrable bubble where nothing was happening.
– Bonnie. Not my favorite heroine. She was way to self-consumed and naive.
WHO WOULD I RECOMMEND TO?
If you’re looking for a sweet, light read, especially after something raw and gritty, look no farther!
All in all, it was an enjoyable read. Clyde and the writing makes it worthwhile if this is the type of story you’re in the mood for 😉
Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue and the USA Today Bestseller, Making Faces. Look for her new release, Infinity + One, coming in June 2014.