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The Infinite Pieces of Us

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  921 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
From the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about coming apart, getting it together—and moving on. It’s just a two-hour drive…

Pondering math problems is Esther Ainsworth’s obsession. If only life’s puzzles required logic. Her stepfather’s solution? Avoidance. He’s exiled the family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, t
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Skyscape
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Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a reader there are stories that I devour and love. Then there are stories whose message gets woven into the fiber of my being. Infinite Pieces of Us was the latter for me. With every page I felt the frantic need to jot down a quote or saying (it’s against my religion to highlight physical books). I first discovered this author and her writing with Grover and the gang. In my head and heart, I knew she would never be able to top the quirkiness, lasting bond, and downright love that a group of m ...more
Tejas Janet
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
There were aspects of the story I liked and enjoyed reading about, and then there were others I really didn't.
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Shari Ring Wolf
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book, but...

...I found it hard to believe parents could be so clueless and care so much about "how things look" in this day and age. No email address allowed? Not leaving the house because a teen is pregnant? Then they changed in a matter of two days? Nah. It didn't ring true.
I did love the writing, and the characters except for the main character's parents, who were well developed but dishonest, distateful. The test of the characters were flawed, growing, and loveable. The spirituality in
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: october-2018
I have been a HUGE fan of Rebekah's last two books. Seriously. Can't tell which one would be my favourite out of the two but this one ain't it chief. It's starting to dawn on me that Rebekah likes to write the same sort of characters. The reclusive heroine. The Manic Pixie Dream boy/girl. The two other friends that fill in some pages. It was good but I expect more now from Rebekah as a writer. Also, this story... I couldn't connect to the characters nor did I agree with motives of our main chara ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Crane's storytelling, and once again, she gave me a story, which made me cry, laugh, and smile. I am such a fan of this quintet she assembled. I loved how all their broken pieces fit together so well.

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*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Jerri Davis
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Great read. Themes of religion, questions, letting go, seeking, finding, growing, and learning that sometimes the answers aren’t what we want to hear. Definitely recommend.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I quit at 38%. This was just terrible. It was like reading an obnoxiously vague Facebook post...just come out and say what happened already! So much angst, so many try-hard metaphors. I'm glad I got this for free because what a waste!
Virginia Masson
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So. Darn. Good.

Fall in love again and again and again. The author has a way with characters that lets you in and keeps you there.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
YA fiction? I’m a grandma and I loved this book. So much wisdom, great dialogues, great story, wonderful characters!
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Closer to Truth.

It moved me in unexpected ways. I do wish there was a Twin Peaks, a pet store and a Blockbuster with Heaven. But I was moved anyway.
Maureen Moyes
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mbd-reviewed
I chose this YA novel from the October selection of Amazon First Reads as it caught my attention and looked the most interesting one on offer. I can happily say I really did enjoy this book.

This is the story of Esther, her sister Hannah and their mother and stepfather who have recently moved to New Mexico to escape a 'situation'. I liked the character of Esther and felt that the author described the trauma felt by Esther due to the 'situation'.

Esther's new friends sound like the type of friends
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to discover this new book by Rebekah Crane, the author of one of my all-time favorite books, 'The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland'. Went in with high expectations ... 'Grover' would be hard to top! I was NOT disappointed!

Ms. Crane has an uncanny ability to create characters that I feel blessed to have in my life for the way-too-brief time it takes to read their story. To some extent, I really don't even care too much what is happening in their lives ... I just love sharing thei
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although it didn't grab me as quickly as Grover Cleveland, I nevertheless enjoyed this YA novel about and Ohio teen whose life is uprooted and transplanted to the barren desert of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she makes new friends and uncovers a true sense of self. Spoiler alert--no single-dimensional parents here!
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Peter Cole
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read

Easy to read, very like able characters, struggling with some of life's most pressing questions, and some really great answers.
Marci-Beth Maple
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great bit of YA Lit with engaging characters, a storyline that draws you in and a tad of sorrow at saying goodbye to the world you would brought into.
cathy lynne smith
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slow beginning

I had trouble getting into this book in the beginning. The storyline jumps around a lot and when just learning who everyone is that got confusing. I stuck with it tho and I'm glad I did. The story line picked up and I finished the book with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.
Brittany Hayes
This is a joyful and sad read composed of math jokes, bubbling prose, delightful characters, and an emotional exploration of love in its many forms. And just as young love, sibling love, and parental love are each messy and beautiful and complex, this book is a compilation of messy, beautiful, and complex characters and moments.
Terri Athey
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good premise

This story had a good premise but what ruined it for me and why I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under18 is the sexual innuendos. Of course in the book a teen got pregnant and of course teens have sex but I really dislike when authors of young adult books pander to these young people and put details and jokes about it that are completely unnecessary to the story.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and easy read, and I liked the exploration of the town's name: Truth or Consequences. It made for a good theme. If you are no longer a "young" adult, there is nothing earth shattering here, but I think this would have given me a lot to think about as a teenager or college student.
Julie Endres
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up. I enjoyed this book. The writing was easy. The young adult themes were spot on. Not every book needs to be a literary genius. Like-able developed characters and a moving story line make this a winner for me.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ya-8th-up
"Life is one big pair of Spanx. We squeeze to fit in. And if worn correctly, we can prevent chafing" defines the story of Esther, her sister Hannah, Tom, their "good enough is good enough" step-father, mother Julie and Esther's growing list of new friends, Color, Moss, Jesus and Beth. Each character (major and minor) is hiding some sort of truth. Eventually, the characters mesh and learn hiding truths sooner or later ends up hurting more than admitting it in the beginning.
Esther is a teenage gir
Steven Ramirez
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The more I read YA fiction, the more I realize just how hard it is to be a kid nowadays. I won’t bore you with idyllic memories of roasting marshmallows around a campfire, but I will say that for many kids—and parents—today the world is a harsh, unforgiving place fraught with consequences. And this reality was never more evident than in the wonderful new novel by Rebekah Crane entitled The Infinite Pieces of Us. In it, she has given us Esther Ainsworth, a smart, soulful sixteen-year-old girl who ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What is Truth?

As I read through this book, I could not help but think that all parents should read YA fiction so that we understand how young people think and feel. I'm at grandmother age and I have to say, I thought this book was so good. We find Esther having left her home and carrying a secret of shame to a new place. As she journeys through the book, she makes new friends and finds that everyone has secrets and everyone tells lies - or at least half truths. I liked her relationship with her
Luschka Onselen
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet, lovely coming of age book, but one where the cart is before the horse, because when a teen is thrown into adulthood really quickly, it's hard to reclaim that innocence, even if you pretend what happened didn't and move to a whole different town and state and leave everything you knew behind. You also can't stop teenagers from making friends or falling in love, even after 'the thing'.

This book is written from a teenaged perspective with a large amount of internal monologue-ing but
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our teenage years. The glory days. The decisions we make. The Infinite Pieces of Us by Rebekah Crane is a YA coming-of-age novel that warmed my heart and transported me right back to my younger years. Esther is holding onto a secret that her family has moved her halfway across the country to avoid. Esther, an avid math whiz, meets Color, Jesus, Beth and Moss and the friends band together and share their most personal secrets and stories. The group tries to navigate life at a time of discovering ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Entertaining but not stellar

Quick read, story doesn't lag, but not off-the-charts amazing. I didn't find it endearing that the main character's personality was centered almost entirely around those embarrassing math jokes. I found it more annoying than anything. Also, not that it's impossible for a non-Jewish family to choose these names, but I thought it was a bit off that Esther and Hannah both had traditional Jewish names when it seemed like their family didn't adhere to any particular religi
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crane reminds us, there is always more going on

This is her second book I've read and now own three. Just like the last, I was hooked from the start. The main character, Esther, is odd and quirky with confusion and secrets, you just have to know her story. Then her group grows with all the unique individuals that just makes it easy to picture yourself with this likely group of friends.
With this author I always feel like I walked away in the middle of a movie. I always want to know so much more.
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Rebekah Crane is the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland and other young-adult novels. She found a passion for this genre while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a former high school English teacher, a yoga instructor, and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountai ...more
“With math, a question doesn’t exist without an answer. It’s a guarantee. If I work on a problem long enough, I will solve it.” 1 likes
“The problem is, I can’t figure out if I’m less than or more than I was before. I know I’m not the same.” 0 likes
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