Monday, November 9, 2020

When We Were Infinite – Book Review

I recently read When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert. I read a review copy compliments of Netgalley and I am not being paid to give this review.

This is the second book that I’ve read by this author and once again, I’m thrilled by the story. The main characters are Asian teenagers and how life seems from their point of view and cultural background. Yet, even though the Asian culture isn’t the main focus of the story, it does have an impact on how each character reacts to different situations.

The story can open up so many discussions among teenagers. Besides the cultural discussion, topics such as abuse, LGBTQ+, divorce, dysfunctional families, school pressures, college admissions, friendship, music, teenage suicide, depression, panic attacks, and peer relationships.

Beth is the main character and we see how she interacts with all of her friends differently. During her senior year, she wants to keep her circle of friends together even after they all graduate because she doesn’t want their closeness to ever end. As she struggles to hold everyone closer together, many changes take place. When something happens to one of her friends, they all react differently, and Beth feels like her world is falling apart.

This would be a great book for a high school library. I think many students would enjoy it and even relate to some of the characters. . It is a great way for students to get a better understanding of the Asian culture.

This book won’t be published until next year so keep it on your radar. It is well worth the wait!

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