The Infinite Pieces of Us by Rebekah Crane

The Infinite Pieces of Us

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, to erase a big secret from Esther’s past. So much for the tr...


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TitleThe Infinite Pieces of Us
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Release DateNov 1st, 2018
PublisherSkyscape
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
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Reviews The Infinite Pieces of Us

  • PT
    2018-07-24
    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...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    2018-10-06
    1 STARAnother Amazon Prime free monthly book bomb.Esther has a baby and her holy roller stepfather moves the family from Ohio to Truth or Consequences, NM. Esther’s family subtly slut shames her. In NM she meets interesting, diverse friends who help her come to terms with relinquishing her baby for adoption. Meanwhile, younger sister Hannah has sex with the pastor and rather than treating her like a victim, she’s blamed.I know there are famil...
  • Shari Ring Wolf
    2018-10-02
    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 ...
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    2018-10-21
    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 charact...
  • Jerri Davis
    2018-10-08
    Excellent 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.
  • Kristy
    2018-10-24
    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
    2018-10-07
    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.
  • lynn
    2018-10-05
    YA fiction? I’m a grandma and I loved this book. So much wisdom, great dialogues, great story, wonderful characters!
  • Melanie
    2018-10-05
    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
    2018-10-24
    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'.Es...
  • Daniel
    2018-10-11
    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 hap...
  • Michelle
    2018-10-06
    3.8
  • Peter Cole
    2018-10-29
    Fun readEasy to read, very like able characters, struggling with some of life's most pressing questions, and some really great answers.
  • cathy lynne smith
    2018-10-04
    Slow beginningI 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
    2018-10-04
    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.
  • Samantha
    2018-10-01
    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.
  • JennE
    2018-10-13
    "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 adm...
  • Steven Ramirez
    2018-10-22
    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 Esth...
  • RACHEL ROBLES
    2018-10-13
    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 lea...
  • Tiffany
    2018-10-17
    Plot: This is my first time with this author so I had no idea what to expect. An event has happened Ina young 16 year girls life that has changed everything. Her memories, her funny outlook on life, and even her family. They've been uprooted, and now Esther(our mc) has to make friends, and just survive somehow. She befriends a few "misfits" in town, pushed further and further away from her sister-only a year younger.Characters: Esther-16, intelli...
  • Lindsay
    2018-10-02
    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 grou...
  • Louise Douglas
    2018-10-05
    I consumed this book in one sitting as I found the characters so well described and relatable that I had to know what was going to happen. I actually was on a train that was delayed for over half an hour, but I didn’t mind as I just wanted to finish the book before I had to get off!The book starts with Esther and her family moving to a place called Truth or Consequences in New Mexico. It’s hinted quite heavily that Esther is the reason they h...
  • Angela
    2018-10-29
    This was a character driven story, and I feel that the author created some very likable and interesting personalities in the main characters (Esther, Color, Jesus, Moss, and Beth). Of course, I wish that more effort was put in to the familial relationships, as well as Esther's mom, Tom, and Hannah's characters. The story itself was fairly simple and leaned heavily on the teenage idea that every problem is the most complex and soul-crushing situat...
  • Susana
    2018-10-27
    I found this book by chance through Amazon Prime, and at first I thought it had been a stroke of luck to find it now, at the right time. By the time I finished the novel, I had begun to think any time is the right one. The story is rich with lovable characters, endearing moments and a stroke of irony. It just flies by.This story asks all of the right questions. It reminds us that being broken is inevitable while we are living. Remaining undamaged...
  • Mary
    2018-10-04
    Coming of Age...I find myself torn as I write this review. The author is obviously brilliant...having read The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, and now The Infinite Pieces of us, I wonder where all of her characters brilliant questions and thoughts come from. I marvel at the amazing characters and feelings she creates. And yet, I'm put off by the one-dimensional, cliche view of Christianity she puts out there. As a Christian myself, I know so man...
  • M. Turner
    2018-10-03
    Definitely worth reading.It's about young almost adults but even old people nearing life's end would love this. The jokes using math or science make Infinite Pieces a delight. Esther, Color, Moss and Jesus each have serious problems and troublesome pasts. This book emphasizes the need for friendship, for love, and for the necessity of understanding why some lies are almost essential. Recommended for young adults but please read it anyway if you a...
  • Kim
    2018-10-05
    Sad happy funny marvelous book!I read this book because I stumbled on to Grover Cleveland awhile back and really enjoyed it.I enjoyed this one even more.! Teens struggle with so much and they spend so much time trying to pretend everything is fine. All the characters in this book KNOW they are not fine. Each of them is struggling with self doubt and fears about their lives. They are brave enough to share that with each other and with that, create...
  • Becky
    2018-10-20
    I was really unsure about this for the first few chapters. It seemed like Esther was going to be one of those characters that just wallowed in her own pity and was more irritating than interesting. The more I read though, she really developed as a character, and opened up to the reader, which I loved.The other characters - her friends, were loveable and intricately written and such unique personalities that it would be hard not to adore them.This...
  • Sylvia Johnson
    2018-10-02
    Esther, her sister Hannah, her mother, and her stepfather move from Ohio to Truth and Consequences, New Mexico, upending their lives so that the family (specifically Esther) can get a new start. Esther comes across as a bit of an outcast with quirky thoughts, a love of math, and a need to find people who will let her be herself. Her family appears to be in avoidance mode, apparently silently agreeing that none of them can talk about the secret (v...
  • L.J. Evans
    2018-10-14
    Rebekah Crane does another amazing job with her YA novel. It was poignant and moving and showcases so many ways teens need love, support, and a path to be able to find themselves.As always, I must share the words I love:"Trust is handing over a piece of your heart to someone and believing that they'll hold it as delicately as you do.""Love isn't abundant.""The best kind of love is simple.""It's amazing how long people will live with their lies, e...