Author: Hilary T. Smith
Publication: May 19th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC provided by the publisher
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary
By the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Awake, a beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature.
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 hard 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.
Hilary T. Smith's second novel is a gorgeously written meditation on identity, loss, and the bonds of friendship.
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What a waste of reading time. I am really sorry but nothing in this book made me rethink of my rating or even slightly appreciate it. I was given a clingy and whiny type of character as if Noe is the only person ever existed, like Annabeth's life would only run by Noe's affirmation and that the only missing aspect in this story is Annabeth making a shrine for Noe. It would have been a nice story about friendship but naaaah, it made me feel disgusted for some reason. Disgusted that Annabeth allowed Noe to treat her that way and allowed her life to mirror what only Noe would approve of. I actually forgot much of what happened to this book. All I remember is the characters sucked one hundred percent of the time.
A Sense of the Infinite is a kind of read you would want to wish you can unread it. If only possible.
Thank you so much HarperCollins International for the galley!