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- ASIN : B00KIZQG96
- Publication date : June 8, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 712 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 350 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1499535392
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,479 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Everything I've read by Amy Harmon has been astounding. They've been 5 star reads across the board. I don't know why I hesitated to read Infinity + One, but I did. If I had to think about which of her books has been my favorite, I would have (probably) said Running Barefoot. Now, though, I don't know. Infinity + One is definitely up there. I'm not sure which would be #1, but it's irrelevant really. I love her books.
Infinity + One is a beautiful love story about two broken people that find themselves together in the unlikeliest of ways. I found myself smiling so many times through this book (that hasn't happened much recently) and I absolutely fell in love with this story. Though I've already done a Top Ten Tuesday of my favorite books of this year, I would definitely have put this book on that list had I read it early.
But sadly, no.
I can't stand it, when someone gives credit to another, especially an imaginery other, when they themselves are the true imaginative wonder.
So. Three stars from me. For the excellent plot and fabulous writing ability. It was a wonderful read.
But... I also must say... I kept crashing into your religious beliefs and it stopped me dead.. every time. Sad because I was really there, really into the story, lost in the imagery and then BAM!
In the end I kept thinking, not god again but I pushed on because as I said, the plot is terrific.
This book was so well crafted and the characters of Fin Clyde and Bonnie Rae Shelby stole my heart. Bonnie Rae for her ebullience and child-like innocence tamped down but not truly broken--there were so many 'stories' in the book of her going to the aid of folks in need...you just had to love her. And, interestingly enough, the sequence of her being rescued from the bridge as she was going to leap to her death is in actuality often true. Folks who have attempted to end their lives and survived (e.g., leaping from the Golden Gate Bridge) have almost invariably stated that once they 'let go and started to fall' they immediately wanted to take it back.
Fin Clyde, undoubtedly a brilliant, misplaced and introverted man, was my hero in spite of himself or because of himself. No matter what life and Bonnie Raw handed him, he endured. The loss of his brother (twin) and his freedom wounded him beyond measure; his genius was an odd fit.
Their journey with and to each other is absolutely lovely, hilarious, moving, powerful, raw, poignant, sensual and exciting. Yet, there is one standout scene for me...one that I had to read over and over again because of it's crystalline writing, depth and emotional strength. The park scene..that's all I'm going to say. It is literally exquisite.
This book did not get the reviews and/or attention that some of Ms Harmon's other books have received (namely A Different Blue and Making Faces earlier and The Law of Moses most recently) but this reviewer will put it up there with the best of them. Don't miss it.
There is no author alive today that can have the effect on me that Amy Harmon’s writing does. Many authors can make you feel. But Ms. Harmon puts you inside of her characters and experience the world from their point of view. It’s like magic. These people are real. There’s no way they can’t be. They exist, and I love them and I feel like I’ve known them all my life. And I miss them. I still miss Fern, Ambrose and Bailey from “Making Faces” and I think I always will. But that’s the beauty of an amazing story – the words live forever, the characters live forever, and the author lives forever.
I’ve been to the place Bonnie Rae went to, because I’ve been there myself, and it was like she could read what was going through my mind when I climbed my own bridge. Clyde? Not so much. I haven’t lived his life – but now I feel like I have. And I am so thankful I have never experienced the kind of pain he has.
Personally, I loved all the references to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. They were awful people and they did awful things, but they did one thing right – they loved each other and they loved each other fiercely. Just as our Bonnie and Clyde do. I always feel the instalove of soul mates in were creature books, and that belongs nowhere else. Never in a “real life” book. But it happens here and now I believe.
There is a feeling of dread that increases as you go through the book. Bonnie and Clyde may have loved each other fiercely, but they also died together. And it did feel like this was where this book was heading. No matter what they did, there were forces (the media, the police, even family) that insisted on telling their version of the truth. But in Amy Harmon’s books, miracles happen. Not supernatural. Just real, everyday miracles that once in a blue moon, we all get.
I’ve never cast a book before, but I have to here. Bonnie was Taylor Swift. And she called Clyde “Thor”, so Chris Hemsworth popped into my head and that’s who they were.
There is one more thing I want to say. I always silently mock people who say they laughed and they cried, and they went through a box of tissues. I say this because most books are fluff and they really don’t strike me as anything to get emotional at. And unless it’s a kid or a dog, I do not cry when someone dies. And nothing else is worth crying for. But I do admit that an extraordinary ending can bring tears of happiness to my eyes. In “Making Faces”, it was the very last two lines (much like the last two lines in “Sea of Tranquility”, another masterpiece. Here it was a paragraph near the end, about a dream told by a man thought to be crazy. The chills hit me, then I felt that warm feeling in my chest. And I cried, quite a bit actually, because it’s the dream we all want to experience. And then I knew that everyone…and I do mean everyone got there HEA. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it. I dare you not to feel the same.
So, there are two things I’m certain of: Amy Harmon is hands down my favorite author. And when all of us go to our room in the Grand Hotel, people will still be talking about this great lady’s books.
Top reviews from other countries
Finn is such a wonderful character and so easy to love. To imagine the tragedy, the fear and the pain he has already suffered, breaks your heart. For me, Bonnie Rae was a grower. At times I wanted to scream at her "just call the police! Tell them you're fine! Don't let Finn get into trouble!" but then I realised, Bonnie is a young girl who has had a strange and controlled adult life. She has suffered a horrendous loss, and has had nowhere to turn. Does she have all the right answers, does she react correctly in every situation? Of course not, but why should we expect her to? What she does have is a huge, lonely heart and the need to love and be loved. I adored Bonnie & Finn's relationship. They were exactly what the other needed. Two halves making a new whole. Perfect.
This beautifully written book certainly had it all. I got halfway through and found my stomach was in knots! Never before have I ever been tempted to skip forward to the end of a book to see if everything turned out ok. Of course, I'd never do that. I enjoy the journey too much to ever just fast forward to check for a HEA. Good books should make you feel, so boy, was this a good book. At times I actually gasped out loud "Oh no!" and felt genuine fear for what would happen to the characters, and at other times, I cried like a little kid, particularly when William gave his speech near the end.
This is a sweet and unique read. I loved it. Anyone who has read Amy Harmon before will adore it. Anyone who has not read Amy Harmon? Boy, are you ever missing out! I'd recommend you go download this tale right now.
I liked the overall story and characters, but I have to agree with some other reviews that said it dragged a bit.
I had conflicting feelings about our leading lady - at times she was wonderful and endearing and fabulous, other times she came across as far younger than her 21 years suggested. I had trouble seeing sometimes why our Hero would / should have put up with all her sh*t.
I really liked our leading man - and I think his character was developed pretty well. I do enjoy characters that are smart and brilliant - but I think there was a bit too much of the maths analogies. It took me away from the story at times and quite a bit of was lost on me (And I don't consider myself to be particularly unintelligent! ha)
I would have loved to see a couple more chapters at the end...
I might give it a reread in a month or so and see if my opinion changes. But for now, I'd say I liked this book but didn't love it...which is a shame.
Bonnie is a superstar, country music's darling but inside she's breaking. Controlled by her Grandmother she seeks escape, fleeing from her last tour date Bonnie decides it's time for it to end. A chance meeting with a stranger leads her away from all that she has known and finally gives her chance to breathe. Clyde didn't want complications, he was finally leaving his past behind when he finds the strange girl who he cannot pass by. Both heading in the same direction they make an unlikely pairing as they set off on a monumental road trip but could Bonnie endanger more than just Clyde's heart? Chased by both their pasts the pair wind up in all sorts of bother that they could never have imagined.
I had one hell of a book hangover from this story and frankly I know I will re read this many times in the future. The characters are perfection and the plot beyond expectation, 5 stars is simply not enough.
If this is your first try of her books then I'm sure you'll enjoy it as the story is sweet and characters likeable.
I found it rather unbelievable at times and it dragged through the middle and I hate to say I actually skipped through some of it as I was getting bored.
Running Barefoot and The Law of Moses are my stand out favourites by this author. They are simply beautiful. You fall in love with the characters and their stories and the latter made me cry the whole way through!
With these characters I never felt myself rooting for them which is a real shame.
In terms of the craft, she's amazing, better than before if it's possible, the book was funny, the different points of view were interesting, and at times I literally felt like I was inside the plot and forgot about the reality.
But the main thing I was interested in was the love story, and I was a bit disappointed here. There was a bit too little angst and loss and stuff, maybe it would've been more touching if their twins died actually in the book, not in flashbacks. But then again, that would've been too much like Making Faces I suppose. And the whole arrest, when they were finally apart, was a bit too far in the book, so it wasn't even a surprise, it was something I couldn't wait for and welcomed with relief...
I'm not sure what's my point here, I guess this book was completely different from the others Amy wrote, which is a good thing, obviously, but because the ideas were quite unique, I missed the typical romance where the characters spend ages analysing everything, over-analysing even, making wrong choices, hurting each other... cliche, but Amy used to make it work. Infinity+One is still a nice read though (I love how the title is so mysterious and the explanation so simple and cute!) and I would recommend it.